Jig and Fixture design

Computer aided design is at the core of the product development process and the data generated forms the basis of all subsequent stages of the design and manufacturing processes. Using SOLIDWORKS, probably the most powerful and sophisticated PC based solid modelling software available, initial sketches and industrial designs are turned into 3D solid models. Individual components are manipulated and assembled into 3D assembly models.

At all stages of the process the client is kept abreast of the product development through simple electronic communication of the model/s. This allows the client to follow both the conceptual and design aspects and can be achieved in a variety of ways including:

  • e-mail or FTP transmission of original SOLIDWORKS files
  • e-mail of FTP transmission of a large number of alternative CAD formats e.g. IGES,SAT,STL. ProE, Parasolid etc
  • e-mail or FTP transmission of 3D PDF, or eDrawings files which can be “marked-up” and returned for efficient 2-way communication

During the design stage, the solid models are used for a variety of critical development analyses including:

  • FEA - finite element analysis to determine strength of parts
  • weights and volumes of components and assemblies
  • C of G and inertial properties of components and assemblies
  • Simulation of moving parts, and validation of stroke and travel constraints
  • component interference and validation of assembly procedures
  • Parting line determination and relief angle analysis
  • Mould flow analysis
  • Once the CAD models are finalised and approved for production, the CAD data is used for:
  • Rapid prototype production
  • Mould manufacturing
  • Jig and fixture design
  • Generation of 2D engineering drawings as required for QC and manufacturing
  • Generation of manufacturing instructions and diagrams
  • Generation of instruction / service manuals including exploded diagrams