| Modular fixture plates perfect for small production runs

If you will have ever performed any small production runs of the rest that wishes somewhat of meeting, you understand that and fixtures are an enormous time saver. However, those typically want to be fastened, because of this you find yourself drilling holes for your workbench or making one-off mounting plates. [Jim Smith] isn’t any stranger to this downside, and created the Pact Plate, an reasonably priced modular fixture plate and is working a Kickstarter marketing campaign to get it produced.

Each plate 150 mm × 150 mm in dimension with a 25 × 25 mm grid of holes with M4 threaded inserts. This lets in briefly and simply fastened to and got rid of from the plate with out the want to drill further holes. Plates can also be bolted in combination to shape better plates. The demo video displays him the use of a number of 3-D published, toggle clamps, PCB and phase holders (to be had for obtain) or even a robotic to briefly arrange small meeting stations. This may additionally save numerous time all through the prototyping and building stages to carry portions in position.

[Jim]’s prototypes are all 3-D published, however need’s to get tooling made to provide the plates the use of injection moulding. He does not say what subject matter he intends to make use of, however it is most probably some form of fibre bolstered plastic. He claims the tension is with regards to that of die-cast aluminium. One addition we wish to see is a few plugs for the unused hollow to forestall small elements from falling into them.

While fixture plates are not anything new, they’re typically far more pricey than the $20 Pact Plate. There are all the time dangers with crowd investment campaigns but it surely looks as if [Jim] has all his bases coated beautiful smartly. The prototyping paintings is finished so simplest tooling must be made and samples examined, which must be reasonably directly ahead for a design like this.

We’ve featured a few of [Jim]’s tasks ahead of, together with a 3-D published kayak and the huge 3-D printer he used to print it.

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