3D printing is generally thought of as a resource for making prototype parts, but we have extensive experience using 3D printed FDM and SLA parts for creating fixtures to aid in the manufacturing, machining and assembly process.
The benefits are numerous including being generally cheaper and quicker to produce than aluminum or steel (or even machined plastic) fixtures. Additionally, we can 3D print things that are not "manufacturable" in traditional ways, so you can get very creative in your custom work-holding. As I like to say, if it can be modeled it can be printed. This allows for extremely customized, one-off solutions where required.
Best of all, we can help not only with the production of your tooling, but also the design. With over 15 years experience in utilizing additive manufacturing for tooling, fixturing and work-holding, we can quickly and efficiently help out with every step of your tooling project, from design through production.
Below are some pictures of simple 3d printed machining fixtures that allow the user to hold what would otherwise be very difficult parts to secure for machining.