CMM fixtures and go/no-go gauges must be rigid, precise, and conformal; as a result, they are typically machined or constructed from modular kits. Machining the complex surfaces of an inspection fixture is costly and slow, while modular inspection kits are less precise and take time to set up and take down.
3D printing allows you to quickly design and optimize strong and precise inspection tools at a fraction of the cost of a machined fixture. It produces long-lasting, reliable fixtures that require little to no labor to produce. You can easily print geometrically complex and dimensionally precise 3D printed fixtures that eliminate errors that may occur when using multi-piece inspection fixtures.
High level of accuracy: A good inspection fixture must have tight tolerances and minimal deflection to ensure a high level of accuracy without damaging the product. 3D printed fixtures have the strength, stiffness, and precision to measure tolerances quickly and easily.
Reliable: 3D printed inspection fixtures are precise, conformal, and can be made with minimal skilled labor. Markforged composite 3D printing produces long-lasting, reliable fixtures that don’t require CNC bandwidth to create.
Geometric Freedom: With 3D printing, you can print higher geometric complexity with no extra effort, allowing for strong, intricate, form-fitting fixtures to be produced at a lower cost.