Tooling

3D-Printed Fixtures Aid CMM Inspection of 3D Printer Parts

Cincinnati Inc. has found that 3D-printed fixtures save money and effort in the inspection process for machined parts used in its SAAM 3D printers. 

CMM Inspection Aided by 3D-Printed Fixtures

Cincinnati Inc. has found that 3D-printed fixtures save money and effort in the inspection process for intermediate to complex machined parts.

One-Piece Robot Gripper Actuated by Shop Air

The pneumatic gripper 3D-printed as a complete working unit has demonstrated its effectiveness for continuous operation over time. It is one illustration of the role additive is liable to play in making robotic automation easier.

Video: LSAM Speeds Production of Concrete Tooling

Thermwood’s dual-gantry Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) 3D printer with CNC router printed and trimmed a large concrete tool with fewer setups.

Transformative Tooling Through Additive Manufacturing

The May 2018 issue of Additive Manufacturing magazine looks at unusual and unconventional applications for 3D-printed tooling.

3D Printing Solves Workholding Bottleneck

A 3D printer from Markforged helped Elliott Tool Technology quickly and cost-effectively create fixturing and, eventually, end-use parts for customers.

3D-Printed Tooling Offers Durability for Precast Concrete

As an alternative to wooden tooling, 3D-printed forms for precast concrete are proving to be more durable and better able to support a large-scale renovation project. 

Webinar: 3D Printing Jigs and Fixtures

Formlabs addresses the use of 3D-printed jigs and fixtures for reliable, cost-effective factory floor operations in a free webinar. Tune in May 22, 2018, or watch the recording.

Transformative Tooling Reaches Applications Including Concrete and PVD Coating

Our reporting from tooling’s frontier finds custom tooling succeeding in applications not usually associated with 3D printing.

Carbon-Filled Thermoplastic 3D Printing Material Replaces Handmade Metal Parts

The material enables 3D printing to produce a part that required replacement three times a month. Reduced labor and faster delivery times are the result. 

Custom Tooling Unmasks Process Costs in Metal Coating

The tooling that had long been accepted was contributing to unnecessary manual labor for this PVD coater. Now, the company has improved its process with custom tools that are 3D-printed in production quantities.

Getting to Production Faster with 3D-Printed Press Brake Tooling

A case study from Centerline Engineered Solutions demonstrates that a 3D-printed die and punch can withstand press brake forces, providing a cheaper, faster path to production.