Fixtures and Jigs
Using fixtures and jigs together helps achieve manufacturing precision required for products to function properly. Take a look at your doors, cabinets, and shelving. The holes for the door’s knob, latch, and hinges require precise placement or guidance for drilling. The same with cabinets with dovetail cuts or the shelving holes on the cabinet sides. Without jigs and fixtures, books would slide off the shelf, drawers would be flimsy, and doors wouldn’t close properly. CNC machining is the most common manufacturing process for creating fixtures & jigs since volumes are typically low. In some cases, 3D printing is the most logical process when the geometry is too difficult or costly to machine. It’s important to note that not all jigs and fixtures need to be made of metal. For many applications, plastic will reduce costs and meet your performance requirements. Rapid manufacturing isn’t going to replace your current machine shops, but when utilized properly it can be a valuable tool for producing blanks for fixtures and jigs or less critical parts that don’t require high precision. Proto MFG is able to maintain tolerances of ±0.005 in. for CNC machining.
Proto MFG undertakes insulation material parts processing, bakelite parts processing, epoxy board parts processing, PCB test racks, wave soldering fixtures and jigs, reflow welding jigs and fixtures, ICT/FCT fixtures & jigs, patch fixtures and jigs, non-standard fixtures Customized processing, single piece or batch are okay for us. Custom manufacturer of precision machined parts including drilling, milling, boring and machining fixtures & jigs. Materials include stainless steel, aluminum, cast iron, gray iron, carbon steel and titanium. We are ISO 9001 certified custom manufacturer of jigs & fixtures for automotive, aerospace, defense, electronic, transport & medical applications. Capabilities include band sawing up to 18 in., cylinder rebuilding, deburring, designing, wire EDM, engineering, finishing, grinding up to 10 in. x 24 in., honing, lathe work, inspection, CNC machining, milling, plasma cutting, sawing up to 14 in., CNC turning, MIG & TIG welding, drill pressing, blasting, polishing & painting.
At Proto MFG, our capabilities don’t just stop at designing and crafting one-of-a-kind manufacturing solutions for our customers. Should the need arise, our services extend to the mass-producing of our custom-designed tools and parts with the help of fixtures and jigs fabrication. A jig is an appliance that guides and supports a particular machine, such as milling machines or sharpers, through a specific operation. A fixture holds and helps to securely locate the piece being worked on. Together, jig and fixture fabrication increase machine accuracy and efficiency while also upping production capacity. These tools are specifically designed to manufacture large numbers of identical components or interchangeable parts. Here are some fixtures & jigs example: