Adaptation is the key to success.
Say you want to create a jig or a fixture for an object. Your schedule is tight. Like every time. After designing it you ship the files to the manufacturer, which is as usual very busy right now, and they might squeeze it in between two other jobs, so you’ll have it in 5-6 weeks… at best.
There is another way though. Just print it in plastic. If the printer starts today, it is finished tomorrow. Some post processing and finishing and it can be delivered and tested well within a week. By the way a new generation of materials are entering the market, where fibre reinforced plastic basically replaces aluminium.
You get a cad file and now it is your job to create the parts that will fit snuggly to your object.
It is quite simple, and there are more ways to skin a cat, so I’ll just show one example here.
Start by extruding a few shapes from the “floor” up into the model. This step is very straightforward in any cad program. Continue reading “Does this JIG Jive?”