Stratasys shares how Rutland Plastics utilises Polyjet 3D printers to make jigs and fixtures for their operation in this video. According to Rutland Plastics’ engineer Simon Grainger, by manufacturing their jigs and fixtures using a Stratsys Objet350 Connex 3D printer they save time and money when compared with the alternative of machining them from wood, metal or plastic. It also ensures their toolroom resources are focused on the high value tasks of around their core business of making injection molding tools.
The jigs and fixtures can be printed with soft touch materials to ensure parts with high surface quality requirements are not scratched or marred. Markings can also be robustly embedded as part of the 3D printing process rather than using alternative methods such as engraving or labelling.