As the population rises, the demand for manufactured goods has been growing rapidly over the years. Paring up with the high demand, manufacturers have reacted by introducing innovative ways of producing high-quality products at a faster rate. With this, jigs and fixtures are needed to make the job easier. Jigs are specifically designed to hold, support, and locate the workpiece and guide the tools operating on it. On the other hand, fixtures are used to securely locate and support the workpiece, ensuring that all parts produced will maintain conformity and interchangeability.
Jigs and fixtures should be designed with economics in mind with the purpose of these devices are to reduce costs. Therefore, it should be designed in such a way that the cost reduction outweighs the cost of implementing it. Also, the design must be fool-proof so that the tools, bushes, and components cannot be inserted except in the correct way. A proper design must also incorporate tolerances at the design stage for jig and fixtures components that are standardized.
In Makoto, we design and have an in-house fabrication for our jigs and fixtures using SolidWorks and CAD/CAM software. It doesn’t just provide control over the quality, instead, we can reduce cost and time during the fabrication stage.