Welding fixtures can be expensive and complicated to design – and sometimes a product of simple luck and flaw. For manufacturers, the question is often “How fast can I get a fixture, at what cost and for what return?”. In this "just-in-time" (JIT) production world, short runs are becoming common. So, when fixturing can be done in part or in total using a quick and cheap manufacturing process, bidding on such jobs becomes attractive.
Welding Fixture Design and Staffing Bottlenecks
When the demand for fixtures outweighs the manpower at hand, outsourcing the design for fixtures becomes attractive, our solution is likewise affordable.
Our tool designers consult with you about your fixture needs using online tools to do virtual meetings along with email and telephone calls. We are with you every step of the way.
Our solution uses our proprietary software solution generates the geometry for welding fixtures for cutting from flat sheet metal. Like a 3D jigsaw, fixture components must interlock to create a part fixture. While you could use SOLIDWORKS™ or similar, it requires time (staff), effort and most likely some subsequent manual editing.
Adapting Existing Processes for Fixturing
Hard tooling for traditional fixtures often depends on costly milling and other “non-sheet metal” processes. So, how can this be minimized? The simple answer is to marry the processes and machinery you already have‒ lasers, waterjets, punch presses, etc. ‒ to the appropriate CAD system. We provide the electronic data files for you to cut out in your shop or at a local sub-contractor.
Smarter Welding with Fixture Design
- Conduct a short run without a robot, using a precious manpower to do the welding and make or source an expensive fixture.
- Conduct a short run with a robot sitting idle while an expensive fixture is made or sourced.