Fixture and fixture applications for 3D printing are rising in the automotive manufacturing industry, including:
Signboard calibration, positioning device Production line workers usually use hand-held fixtures to manually affix vehicle identification and model name. Traditionally, this type of fixture will be a CNC machine tool made of metal, which is bulky and expensive and difficult to update or copy. Using thermoplastic for 3D printing these tools, car manufacturers can create more customized fixture curved car body panels. They are lighter and ergonomic, reducing fatigue and injury to assemblers.
Body panel gap gauge
The 3D printed body panel gap gauge used to detect the final assembly benefits from the complex shape and the contour matching the shape of the body panel, and forms a non-destructive surface for inspection.
Automobile manufacturers began to use 3D printing parts to replace the end-use parts programmed for automatic robots in cars. This speeds up the pre production process and ensures that the assembly line can start once the final production parts are available.
Windshield wiper assembly equipment
In the past, the windshield wiper assembly equipment was made of aluminum, which would damage the painted body panel. The 3D printing plastic fixture will minimize contact with the vehicle and reduce the risk of damage to the panel.
Transportation support fixture
The most common use of 3D printing in packaging and logistics is custom support fixtures for factory transportation of parts. The supporting fixture used for packaging is usually made of 3D printing, which is firm and durable, and adopts heat-resistant thermoplastic materials, which can withstand the pressure of transportation. The tray printed in 3D with electrostatic dissipative material can safely transport sensitive electronic products.
For example, Eckhart uses additive manufacturing in factories, including ergonomic lifting AIDS and torque relief tools that can help workers position the car engine while fixing it to the chassis. In addition, Eckhart and STRATASYS are testing the embedding of micro sensors into 3D printing fixtures and fixtures for advanced diagnostic monitoring of the production line.