Precision Jig Manufacture
More and more of our clients are turning to 3D printing with strong Nylon material as a solution for manufacturing Jigs. This is because the financial benefits of 3D printing for this application far outweigh production methods utilising Aluminium or a similar alternative.
“There are a couple of reasons why we use SLS over machined aluminium. We can design complex SLS parts and not be restricted by the limitation of standard machining. The cost of SLS printing is considerably cheaper than machining aluminium in-house when you factor in costs such as raw material purchase and delivery, machining centre setup, machining centre programming, purchase of milling cutters, overheads and wages.” Brushtec
We offer a Reverse Engineering service for clients who are looking to replicate a pre-existing product or part for which there is no existing digital data. Reverse Engineering is a manual process where one of our skilled designers measures the item using specialised tools and creates a 3D printable CAD model from those measurements.
For mechanical components, Reverse Engineering is usually preferred over 3D scanning. If the original part is broken or worn, a 3D scanner can be used to copy and generate basic 3D data, however compensations can be made when Reverse Engineering to counteract this. In addition, there is flexibility with the digital CAD model to make alterations to the final product.
What To Send Us:
- Rough estimated XYZ dimensions of the model you’d like to create.
- If the part exists already a picture of the part next to a ruler for scale reference makes quoting very easy.
- If the model does not already exist any sketches or even pictures of similar existing products will be helpful.