Download the white paper to learn how 3D printing technology offers significant advantages for composite fabrication and ancillary tools used in secondary operations such as trimming, drilling, assembly, bonding and inspection.
FDM® (Fused Deposition Modeling) 3D printing technology has been proven to be a valuable and disruptive solution for composite fabrication tooling. In addition to layup mold tools, FDM technology offers significant advantages for ancillary tools used in secondary operations such as trimming, drilling, assembly, bonding and inspection. The benefits include reduced lead time and cost, design simplification, and ease of fabrication and use. Concurrently, FDM ancillary tools enable increased functionality and geometric complexity.
Nearly all conventional composite parts require some sort of secondary processing such as trimming, drilling, bonding, surface preparation, and/or subsequent assembly. Depending on the application requirements, these operations can be done with hand tools or CNC machining. Regardless of the method, they require a variety of tools, which are used to efficiently and effectively process the part. These tools tend to be highly customized and tailored to a specific composite part. The materials and methods of manufacturing for ancillary tools will depend on the application and performance requirements. Any reduction in the manufacturing cost and/or lead time of these tools has the potential to dramatically disrupt the composites industry.
This white paper will discuss the methods of designing, printing, and implementing (as well as performance characterization for) ancillary tooling for composite part fabrication.
- Design considerations
- Material selection
- Tool styles and build
- Adding Ergonomic Features & Text
- Application Examples
- Profile trimming jig
- CNC Machining Fixture
- Vacuum holding fixture used for CNC machining
- Ergonomic Tool Cradle
Learn how 3D printing provides a reduced cost, lead time, and increased customization enabling optimization during the design and manufacture of composite parts and has the potential to truly disrupt industries invested in composite fabrication.
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