We use jigs & fixtures to help with repeatability and maintain precision, these primarily reducing time and human error during production. The downside is the time and cost associated in manufacturing specialised tools and jigs & fixtures and the lack of ability to change them at the last minute.
3D printing removes these traditional challenges and allows these tools and Jigs & Fixtures to be modified, improved and implemented in to production at a fraction of the time and cost of traditional methods.
Even when the design of the jigs & fixtures become more elaborate the cost using 3D to produce them doesn’t sky-rocket as it does with the traditional CNC methods.
Benefits: –
• 3D printing manufacturing tools, jigs & fixtures saves time and cost
• The design of these tools, jigs & fixtures aren’t constrained by traditional method
• Bring production online quickly by 3D printing jigs and fixtures directly from CAD data.
• Reduce costs by 50 to 95% by eliminating initial tooling, minimizing material consumption.
• Improve productivity, safety and comfort by reducing tool weight, consolidating components or even customizing tools to specific individuals.
So, it looks like traditional manufacturing methods are becoming outdated.