Replacing Machined Jigs With 3D Printed Parts: 3 Company Examples

August 15, 2019 |

A few years ago, a production engineer at Ashley Furniture, the world’s largest furniture manufacturer, had an idea. Was it possible to replace machined alignment pins with end-use 3D printed parts, avoiding the long lead times and minimum order quantities of outsourcing? The answer was yes, and today, there are over 700 3D printed parts at work on the company’s factory floor in Arcadia, Wisconsin.

In this webinar, we’ll take a look at how Ashley Furniture, Pankl Racing Systems, and others are leveraging 3D printed jigs and fixtures to shorten supply chains, the step-by-step process for 3D printing a jig, and strategies you can use to make 3D printed parts go further in a production environment.

Primary Topics:
• Demo videos on how to setup and print a custom jig and post-process it
• How producing jigs and fixtures in-house can impact your bottom line
• 5 strategies to use 3D printing to unlock new operational efficiency on your factory floor
• How to leverage the unique advantages of SLA 3D printing materials


Andrew Edman
Applications Engineer, Formlabs
Andrew Edman is an industry manager for product design, engineering, and manufacturing at Formlabs. Prior to Formlabs, Andrew ran CLEAR design lab, a product design and development consultancy that helped startups and Fortune 500 companies alike to create new products, from concept to full-scale manufacturing. At Formlabs, Andrew works to help manufacturers get value from adding 3D printing to their operations, from validation to production floor jigs and fixtures.

Faris Sheikh
3D Printing Specialist, Formlabs
Faris Sheikh, 3D printing specialist at Formlabs, has helped Formlabs run over 40 live broadcasts around the world to educate over 21,000 engineers, manufacturers, dentists, and jewelers on how to successfully incorporate Formlabs products into their day-to-day workflows. Previously, Sheikh most notably ran an online technology show on hardware and software products totalling over 2 million global views.