AUGMENTED MANUFACTURING – DISRUPTING MANUFACTURING PROCESSES
FDM high-end thermoplastic materials are used to position; hold; protect, and organise components and sub-assemblies during the manufacturing process.
Often tools like jigs, fixtures and guides are virtually invisible when production is running smoothly, but their importance becomes evident whenever problems arise.
As a result, to avoid production halts or product defects, new tools must be rapidly designed, manufactured and deployed to maintain workflow. The downside is that they are typically fabricated from metal, wood or plastic in small quantities using a manual or semi-automated process, with the result that each tool takes between one and four weeks to design and build.
The adoption of 3D printing in this sector is driven by the ability of clients to design and test functional parts for form and fit, without the need for high cost tooling. With resilient materials, the parts we build are strong enough to use in end use applications.
Whether it’s the new vehicle design, or renovating a classic 3D printing provides a versatile and flexible solution. Our scanning services can assist in reverse engineering applications.
We produce a variety of solutions
- Prototype concept parts direct from 3D Data.
- Sub-assembly prototypes for approval prior to manufacture
- Finished look parts sprayed, coated, plated for final look approval
- Tooling fixtures and Jigs for aiding assembly and part checking
- CMM parts to allow pre-programming of inspection software
- Reverse scanning to recreate data lost
- Laser scan accuracy reports
- ¼ scale cars for wind tunnel testing
FDM Digital utilises the large format 3D printer to produce the largest parts in the UK and using the latest polyjet process allows designers total freedom on multi-material products of the future with a look and feel straight off the machine.