Video: In Conventional Manufacturing, 3D Printing Is a Solution for Tooling

Tooling for conventional operations doesn't have to made conventionally. Rather than being made through machining, these welding fixtures are now made via 3D printing.


On a visit to a CNC machine shop, Precision Tool Technologies of Brainerd, Minnesota, I had a chance to note how 3D printing is being used as an aid to conventional manufacturing. The Stratasys Fortus 3D printer at Precision Tool is used to simplify the creation and modification of various tools used internally, including this welding fixture.

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