Tooling

The Manufacturing Network as a Source for Internal Custom Tooling

For a tool that includes both machined and 3D-printed components, all the pieces of the tool can be made by separate companies yet arrive together. BMW has used Xometry to obtain tooling in this way.

Boeing Partners with Thermwood on 3D-Printed Tool for 777X

The tool was printed as a single piece from 20 percent carbon fiber-reinforced ABS using the Vertical Layer Print system.

Machine Shop Finds Opportunities with SLA 3D Printer

Adding a Form 2 desktop stereolithography 3D printer from Formlabs has enabled A&M Tool and Design to expedite workflows with 3D-printed prototypes, tooling and more.

This Company Is Pioneering Embedded Service as a Model for Delivering AM

PSMI manages ordering and inventory of tooling and MRO supplies for major manufacturers. Installing 3D printers within those customer sites offers an entirely different way to service this demand.

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.