Our customer from Germany, Primetall GmbH, needs individual jigs for some components in order to clamp them on a laser welding machine. These jigs were previously made of aluminum and were very heavy and expensive to manufacture.
In the process of some considerations, this jig was optimized with additive manufacturing, using a Markforged 3D printer. The jig was reinforced inside with a carbon continuous fiber. It was also possible to add a zero point clamping system and integrate channels inside the fixture. Now forming gas can be directed to wherever it is needed – with only one gas connection! It was practically “drilled around the corner”. That is manufacturing redefined.
Device aluminum: 1200 €
3D printing device: 140 €
Savings: 1060€ per fixture