A-met Metrology

Custom Fixture Design / Manufacture

FixtureBuilder software

FixtureBuilder is a 3D-modelling software package designed to allow the creation and documentation of fixturing set-ups.

The software can be used with a CAD model of the inspected part, which is imported into FixtureBuilder, so that the fixture can be built around it. The entire set-up, along with the inspected part, can then be exported into inspection programming software. FixtureBuilder supports most CAD formats including IGES, SAT and STEP. A translator add-on module is available for Pro/E and CATIA.

FixtureBuilder is a 3D-modelling software package designed to allow the creation and documentation of fixturing set-ups. The software can be used with a CAD model of the inspected part, which is imported into FixtureBuilder, so that the fixture can be built around it. The entire set-up, along with the inspected part, can then be exported into inspection programming software. FixtureBuilder supports most CAD formats including IGES, SAT and STEP. A translator add-on module is available for Pro/E and CATIA.

Features and benefits

FixtureBuilder offers a wide range of customer benefits, derived from Renishaw’s outstanding understanding of metrology best practice and part inspection.

Ease of use

Clear and well-organised libraries

Clear and well-organised libraries

All standard base plates and fixturing components are conveniently organised into tabbed catalogues, grouped by component category and thread size.

Intelligent ‘Drag and drop’ functionality

Intelligent 'Drag and drop' functionality

Simply drag and drop the components onto a plate or another component. The SmartSnap®* technology automatically aligns them while indicating the mating hole X, Y and Z co-ordinates.

Quickest way to manipulate parts

Quickest way to manipulate parts

The TriBall®* feature allows FixtureBuilder software users to move parts independently in the 3D work space.

Easy-to-use constraint mechanism

Easy-to-use constraint mechanism

The easy-to-use constraint function allows the inspected part to be accurately located on the fixture. The choice of available constraint modes includes: align, mate, concentric, tangent, etc.

Flexibility

Compliance

Full CAD compatibility

FixtureBuilder offers the ability to import and export most common 3D CAD files (Parasolid, Step, ACIS, STL, IGES, etc.). An additional translator module for CATIA, ProE, UGNX, Solidworks and Inventor is also available for purchase.

Custom libraries

Users can create custom fixturing set-ups and components, e.g. custom plates, and store them in user-defined libraries for future use and reference.

Compliance with quality standards

The ‘Build it’ function is one of the key benefits available to all FixtureBuilder software users. It allows the production of a complete Bill of Materials and work instructions for every fixture set-up, and helps to comply with ISO, QS9000 and other quality standards.

Custom Fixtures

A-Met Metrology are able to offer a full design and manufacture service of many different type of fixtures used not only within Inspection but also within manufacturing and R+D.

We are able to visit your facility to understand your requirements and can provide schematics of bespoke fixturing capabilities to satisfy your requirements.

We are also able to offer fully customised gauge stations via use of transducers / columns which can be used within an inspection environment or on the shopfloor for in-process measurement use.

The benefits of this service are:-

  • Full customer input into fixture design
  • Customer use-age understood to allow for ergonomic factors to be included
  • No design is manufactured without customer buy off
  • Fully customised fixtures / measurement solutions
  • UKAS accredited manufacturer / Fixture calibration Facility
  • Data collection systems – Inc SPC / Data logging
  • UK based manufacturing reducing lead times.
  • Rapid use Shop-floor checking fixtures
  • Integration of digital / Visual aids to assist measurement

Whatever your precision requirement we can provide a solution to help drive your process forward.