Manufacturing jigs, fixtures, and other tooling accounts for more than 20% of all end-use parts produced with 3D printing today. Yet, without tools that make the design of custom jigs and fixtures simpler, many users are kept from reaching the full benefits of Additive Manufacturing on the factory floor.
That’s why we created the FDM Fixture Generator. By combining the ease-of-use of the Stratasys FDM printers with the powerful design automation capabilities of nTopology, we created an easy-to-use tool to increase productivity in modern factories.
This reusable workflow kickstarts our collaboration with Stratasys. Our goal is to remove bottlenecks in engineering design and maximize manufacturing efficiency through time and material savings. Our plan is to create a series of Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) Workflows to empower our users to make the most out of Additive Manufacturing and unlock new applications.
FDM Fixture Generator
The Stratasys FDM Fixture Generator allows you to automate the design of 3D printed jigs & fixtures. Generate custom designs and streamline operations on your factory floor without spending time in CAD. Ready to print with a few clicks.
Use Case: Hardware Kitting Tray
Create a compact tray to hold hardware components for robotic or manual assembly. With support-free and automated design generation, you can reduce operator error and streamline your process.
Use the precision of AM to create fixtures that hold parts in precise orientations. Easily see quantities remaining. Protect delicate features. Hardware kitting trays are used in lean manufacturing environments to improve efficiency and reduce time wasted due to handling errors.
Use Case: Anti-Rotation Fixture
Adjust the height and mounting location of a custom fixture without spending enormous amounts of time. Save material and print time using the fractal infill pattern.
Create a fixture for elevating and positioning a chain wheel for fabrication and assembly. In this example, an axle can be welded to the top-facing surface of the chain-wheel. 3D printing allows users to perfectly cradle large, awkward geometry for assembly, fabrication, or shape inspection.