Rapid Prototyping Jigs and Fixtures with 3D Printer

Manufacturing Tooling Solutions 
Jigs and Fixtures with 3D Printers

Reduce lead times and costs of manufacturing components and tools by utilizing FDM and Polyjet 3D printing technologies.

Rapid Prototyping Jigs and Fixtures with 3D Printer


3D Printing Jigs and Fixtures

Quick, low-volume jigs and fixtures for better flexibility
Manufacturing relies on tools, including jigs, fixtures, templates and gauges, to maintain quality and production efficiency. These manufacturing tools are used to align, assemble, clamp, hold, test and calibrate components and sub–assemblies at all stages of the manufacturing process. And although these tools are virtually invisible when production is running smoothly, their importance becomes evident when problems arise. To avoid production halts or product defects, new manufacturing tools must be rapidly designed, manufactured and deployed.  
3D Printing Jigs and Fixtures with Stratasys FDM


  • Overview
  • Customer Story
  • The Technology

How 3D Printing Jigs and Fixtures Work

PolyJet and FDM Technology, both available from Stratasys, provide fast and accurate methods to produce and manufacture tools. 3D printing jigs and fixtures with PolyJet or FDM can help reduce the backlog for an in-house machine shop and be used as a bridge–to–tooling solution. 

Manufacturing tools are most commonly machined or fabricated from metal, wood or plastic. Like the items they help produce, these tools go through the design, documentation, production and inspection processes. Geometries are limited by the machining and fabrication processes and equipment capabilities. Elaborate or intricate tools may require several cycles of design, prototyping and evaluation to reach the required performance. On average, each iteration of manufacturing tooling takes between one and four weeks to design and build.

Application Overview

Polyjet or FDM technologies are the best fit for creating jigs and fixtures when: 

  • Designs are complex or organic
  • Quantity is less than 100, ideally less than 25
  • Tolerance is at least +/- 0.005 in.
  • Design changes are likely

Benefits of PolyJet and FDM jigs and fixtures include:

  • Lead times reduced by 40 to 80 percent
  • Cost reduced by 70 to 95 percent
  • Integrated design (part consolidation), eliminating assembly and improving performance and accuracy
  • Design freedom for improved function and ergonomics
  • Streamlined process


Contact the Proto3000 Services Team for further information on how we can help you with this solution. If you want to speak to a LIVE PERSON - CALL 1-888-88-PROTO (77686). 


Meet the Oreck Corporation

Production time cut by 50%, Tool cost cut by 78% 
The Oreck Corporation is in the consumer goods industry. They produce light-weight, durable, and easy to use household cleaning products such as vacuum cleaners, air purifiers, and steam mops. 

Being in a highly competitive industry, Oreck understood that every advantage is a valuable one. Lerveraging Stratasys FDM technology, they incorporated 3D printed Jigs and Fixtures into their first-article inspection process. 

Instead of waiting for custom machined fixtures, Oreck produced their own in-house. This resulted in both cost and time savings, which translated to business efficiency. 


The Technology Behind 3D Printing Jigs and Fixtures

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology 

Using FDM technology allows affordability and durability by printing concept models with production-grade thermoplastics. 
FDM 3D Printers are office friendly and they produce small models in hours and large models in days. The FDM printed models can be drilled, sanded and painted according to your preference to create a perfect finishing of your prototype. 



PolyJet 3D Printing Technology

As a 3D printing process, this technology produces amazingly realistic models. The printing technology builds accurate models by incorporating multiple materials into one automated part to create prototypes that look and feel like finished products. With fine details, smooth surfaces, rigid housings, soft-touch buttons, lettering, rubberlike seals and even clear components, your models can look the part at a trade show, a presentation or even during a sales pitch. 


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