It’s a jig, it’s a fixture, whatever you call it, it holds the product together while it is being welded or assembled. In this lesson we are going to look at weld splatter and what to do to keep your fixture ( or jig ) functional.
In tip #5 of the previous blog we talked about looking over the fixture design to review efficiency and functionality of the design. You might want to develop a check off list of items you should explore at this stage.
#1 Can you get your part out after it is welded. Remember the splatter!
#2 Can you eliminate any parts?
#3 Can you make any parts with less machining?
#4 To maintain adjustability, what do you need to protect from weld splatter?
Let’s take a look at our simple weld fixture and see if we can improve upon it.
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[author][author_info]Susan Straley, aka, Queen of Lean Machine Design, is the President of Rentapen Inc. in Waukesha, WI. She helps manufacturers reduce costs through excellence in 3D Machine Design Services, RAPid Tooling Components(TM), and Just-in-Time Laser Cutting Services(TM). Susan can be reached at 262-542-8891.[/author_info] [/author]