AM is Driving Industry Change – 3D Printed Tools, Jigs and Fixtures

News from Institution of Mechanical Engineers

The advantages of utilizing additive manufacturing either as an independent innovation or joining into existing procedures are wide-extending, however the comprehension by organisations of how to use to best impact may not be as clear.


Incorporating 3D printing into the organization’s daily activities, was found to essentially decrease the expense of creating customised tooling, jigs, and fixtures, notwithstanding sparing time by manufacturing these parts in-house.


Item advancement and mechanical creation procedures can be moderately costly because of high fixed expenses, so associations need to see how added substance assembling can be utilized to profit their organizations and lessen costs, improve lead time or more all, include an incentive before it can be utilized to its maximum capacity.


3D printing can give another degree of proficiency in assembling. As a result of AM, costly physical stockpiling is changing for digital inventories with on-demand parts. Tools, jigs, fixtures and fittings can be created on site. Engineers can develop new items quicker, with better execution and streamlined geometries. Associations can adjust to change all the more rapidly, decline lead time and lower costs by stock, work and transportation decrease.


Firms don’t have to make parts in the house any more. Rather, they can utilize online manufacturing platforms that give access to quality producers globally, where one simply uploads a design file and receives an instant, competitive quote and, perhaps, even feedback on the suitability of their design. Agile is a trendy expression in digital change however it is similarly as significant in manufacturing – it takes into consideration the inventive and fast reaction.

The benefits of 3D printed tooling parts

Additive manufacturing technology has provided cost and efficiency savings to a range of industrial customers over the past.

Australian metal additive manufacturing service provider Amaero signed an agreement with an automotive manufacturer to jointly develop 3D printed tooling in April 2020. The company will use its 3D printers to decrease the risk of manufacturing defects, by adding conformal cooling channels to the design.

UK-based tool manufacturer Guhring UK introduced two additive manufacturing systems from the US-based composite and metal 3D printer provider Markforged into its custom cutting tool line in February 2020. The 3D printers have allowed the company to manufacture sample parts, replacement parts and prototypes in carbon fiber.



Both online and local models have their place in additive manufacturing, much the same as an AM and conventional procedures have their place in the business. 3D printing won’t supplant conventional strategies, for example, machining (milling, drilling etc) and forming (casting, moulding etc) in a designing situation, yet they should work close by one another and be utilized by their advantages of cost and time.


AM is a major piece of Industry 4.0, which is going on this moment, so these are energizing occasions for designers and engineers!