Lean Machine 3D Print Vice and Soft Jaws with Markforged

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Lean Machine is a metal fabrication job shop in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, specializing in custom machining with a 5-axis CNC mill. A job for a customer required Kurt vices to hold a component while the mill cut the part. To avoid collision between the mill head and the vice, the stock would have to be clamped 12-14 inches from the cutting area.

This was not an acceptable option, as a cantilevered part takes longer to machine and results in a less accurate cut. The team considered building their own metal custom vice, however they could not justify the $6,000 price tag. With Markforged however, they were able to print custom vice/soft jaw combinations at $1,500 a piece, saving weeks in the process.

Download the PDF to see how Lean Machine made use of Markforged’s accurate prints and non-marring materials in this and other jobs.

Lean Machine 3D printed vice and soft jaw with savings
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At a glance:

  • 75% manufacturing cost saving

  • 66% manufacturing time saving

  • Aluminium strength at half the weight

  • Non-Marring composite material

  • Accurate 3D printed parts every time

  • Materials with excellent mechanical properties

  • Material withstands cutting fluids and abrasive environments

Could you benefit from quick, cost effective in-house manufacturing like Lean Machine? By 3D printing, they are able to take on CNC milling jobs that would otherwise have been impossible. 

Get in touch with us at Mark3D UK Limited to arrange a live demonstration at your facility, or to request a sample 3D printed part to test yourself!

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CNC milling and machine shops are cost-effectively replacing aluminium workholding, and taking on jobs that would otherwise have been impossible using Markforged industrial 3D printers.

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