Using additive manufacturing to produce custom jigs and fixtures [VIDEO]

Article by Rod Mackay updated August 25, 2014


Manufacturing relies on jigs and fixtures to maintain quality and production efficiency. These tools are used to align, assemble, clamp, hold, test and calibrate components and sub–assemblies at all stages of manufacturing. Normally they’re machined or fabricated from metal, wood or plastic.

But smart manufacturers like Rutland Plastics in the UK are adopting additive manufacturing to produce custom jigs and fixtures in a fraction of the time and cost required by conventional tooling methods.

Watch this video to see how they’re using their Objet350 Connex 3D Printer from Stratasys to produce 90% of their jigs and fixtures.

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Rod Mackay

Rod has been using 3D CAD software for over 25 years and has trained thousands of designers to use their CAD systems more effectively. Rod is the Javelin Webmaster and is based in Ottawa, ON., Canada.