New Rapid Economical Modular CMM Fixtures Reduce Costs and Streamline Cycle Times for New Part Development

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FixLogix LLC has developed a new concept for rapid semi-dedicated CMM (coordinate measuring machine) fixtures for part inspection, and reverse engineering. FixLogix utilizes their modular fixture system to build CMM holding fixtures in days instead of weeks. Tremendous cost savings are achieved, as a typical fixture for a part smaller than a 12” cube costs less than $500.

FixLogix LLC has developed a new concept for rapid semi-dedicated CMM fixtures for part inspection and reverse engineering. FixLogix utilizes their advanced modular fixture system to build CMM holding fixtures in days instead of weeks. This streamlines part verification and reduces cycle times for new product development. Tremendous cost savings are achieved as well. A typical fixture for a part smaller than a 12” cube costs less than $500. For part volumes less than 24” the fixtures are generally less than $1000.

The FixLogix fixture technology provides very function fixture solutions at an economical price point that is about 1/3 the cost of legacy systems. FixLogix manufactures a new fabricated T-slot fixture plate and components that can be produced at a fraction of the cost of traditional tooling plates. Since the plate and components are modular, they can be recycled and integrated into new fixtures if the original becomes obsolete. This further increases savings over time compared to traditional dedicated custom fixtures. The t-slot plate features laser engraved reference scales to simplify repeat setups.

The fixtures can be developed utilizing CAD data, however it is often faster and more reliable simply to ship a part directly to the FixLogix plant. A fixture is then built to the part, and optimized to avoid interference with part features of interest. The t-slot system has infinite adjustability in multiple directions. This simplifies positioning of locating components while avoiding interference points. The fixtures work well for a wide variety of part types and materials. Plastics, machined parts, castings, stampings, and tubular assemblies are easily staged with the fixtures.

Designed initially for CMMs, the system is being utilized in a variety of coordinate metrology applications. Users of portable coordinate inspection systems such as articulating arms have found the fixture system to be very useful, and the economical price point is appropriate for the application. Other customers have used the system for staging parts on CT scanners, and for holding parts on laser engraving systems.

FixLogix LLC was formed in 2007 to produce and sell modular fixture systems for metrology and other light duty part-holding applications. The company also produces modular fixture systems for vision systems, optical comparators, and laser scanners. The company maintains an e-commerce site, and distribution in North America, Europe, and Asia.

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