Quality and lead times, driving upgrades
RapidFit, Materialise’s automotive tooling division, works with the world’s top automotive brands and parts suppliers. Today, RapidFit’s product lines include cubes, quality and measurement fixtures, and production jigs, using 3D-printed components to leverage the technology’s nature of on-demand production and weight-efficient design.
Every project at RapidFit is bespoke. Yet, the workflow is as standardized as possible. Using software-driven design automation, RapidFit has produced a parametric library of template designs that enabled RapidFit to drastically shorten the design process. That’s just one of the examples that show the top requirements of the highly competitive automotive industry: fast lead-times, high quality, and consistent reliability.
Tools like quality fixtures are used by automotive brands to measure precision during quality analysis, but the tools themselves are equally subject to standards of precision. RapidFit’s workshop already features three Coordinate Measuring Machines, housed in a top-notch temperature-controlled metrology lab, measuring at up to 7 microns accuracy. The latest addition, a Zimmermann FZ33 5-axis milling machine, enables RapidFit to manage the CNC programming and milling of their jigs and fixtures in-house.