Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D-Printed Automotive Assembly Jig Cuts Weight and Improves Accuracy
Jigs used to assemble automotive parts can be difficult to maintain, and because they're made of metal, they are heavy – up to 150 pounds. Engineers at Solaxis Ingenious Manufacturing in Bromont, Canada, have now used Fortus 3D Printers from Stratasys to manufacture a jig for an automotive supplier, which uses it to assemble high-volume plastic door seals. The company designed and manufactured a jig for an automotive supplier, which uses it to assemble high-volume plastic door seals. After developing several iterations of the jig, Solaxis produced a 3D-printed jig that is over 100 pounds lighter than a typical jig for this application, and slashed the design and manufacturing time by at least two thirds compared with traditional methods.