Our team at ADDMAN is committed to optimizing your production processes through ergonomic design. Our Tooling, Fixtures, and EOA are carefully crafted for seamless one-handed operation, enabling hands-free secondary actions, and offering alignment corrections with precise go/no-go indicators.
Weight & Function in Harmony
Experience the power of ADDMAN’s 3D Printed solutions, specifically designed to optimize multiple functions within a single touch. Our lightweight, high-strength materials eliminate bulky excess at the End of Arm, while the 3D Printed geometries create internal channels for efficient vacuum management.
Harnessing Human Horsepower
ADDMAN takes pride in its exceptional team of engineers, boasting diverse expertise in manufacturing and automotive industries. With a collective experience of over 300 years in Tooling, Fixtures, and EOA applications, our human horsepower remains unmatched among additive-enabled manufacturing companies.
Tooling is a fundamental process in manufacturing, involving the design and engineering of necessary tools for producing parts and components. Despite its significance, some companies may not fully grasp its critical role in achieving high-quality and precise results. The most common types of tooling include cutting tools, screwdrivers, jigs, fixtures, dies, molds, and gauges for measurements. Properly designed and engineered tooling significantly impacts the quality of the final product, ensuring functional and accurate parts. Additionally, well-made tooling enhances manufacturing efficiency, leading to faster and more cost-effective production processes.
The stages of tooling in manufacturing include:
Prototype tooling: Involves designing and testing tools for fit and function before mass production
Bridge tooling: Serving as a transition between prototypes and full production
Production tooling: Designed for efficiency and long-term use, ensuring precise and reliable results in large-scale manufacturing.
The Role of Jigs and Fixtures in Manufacturing:
Jigs are custom-made tools that hold and control the motion of other devices or parts during the manufacturing process. They facilitate greater interchangeability and repeatability, expediting assembly or construction tasks. 3D printing has made it easier for small and medium-sized firms to create cost-effective custom jigs.
Fixtures secure workpieces in a stable position, orientation, or location during manufacturing. They are essential for enabling automation in various industrial processes, ensuring consistency and accuracy. CNC machining and 3D printing are common methods for manufacturing jigs and fixtures, with plastic offering a cost-effective alternative to metal in many applications.
Manufacturing Options for Jigs and Fixtures:
CNC Machining vs 3D Printing:
CNC Machining: Ideal for low volumes and precise geometries
3D Printing: Logical choice for complex or costly geometries; offers plastic options for cost-effectiveness
Leveraging Rapid Manufacturing for Jigs and Fixtures:
Valuable tool for producing blanks or less critical parts
ADDMAN Precision maintains tolerances of ±0.005 inches for CNC machining
Embracing 3D Printed Jigs and Fixtures:
Crucial role in controlling manufacturing processes
Increasing productivity and reducing costs across industries