Production Tooling

Supercharge your production line

Has your productivity hit a plateau? Through additive manufacturing at Materialise, you can produce the jigs, fixtures, assembly aids, and other crucial tools you need to evolve, enhance, and de-risk your production lines. By maximizing uptime, reducing costs, and embracing flexibility, you can break through the productivity barriers slowing you down.  

A gripper with a rigid, round base and three flexible pneumatic fingers, shaped like bellows. The gripper is shown lying on its side, and is not currently mounted on a robot. A small box-like part is shown in the gripper fingers as an example of common pick-and-place assembly line tasks.

Why choose 3D printing? 

Improve part performance 

Design freedom allows you to design-in functionality or create complex structures. With design for additive manufacturing, you can optimize the internal channel flow of liquid or air, lower downtime and maintenance costs from failing components, or reduce weight to decrease cycle time. 

De-risk supply chains 

Reduce risk and reap the rewards — reduce lead times and unnecessary stock storage with additive manufacturing. By manufacturing on-demand from a digital inventory, you get only what you need when you need it, avoiding the risks of waste, obsolescence, and delays.  

Increase efficiency 

Work smarter, not harder. With the added efficiency of additive manufacturing, you can improve the performance of parts and machinery and optimize uptime — reducing costs and increasing the speed of your cycles.  

Focus on innovation 

With 3D printing, you have the freedom to do things differently. Find the niche that sets your product apart, provide something unique and customized for every customer, react to changes in the market quickly and easily, and improve your offering with every iteration. 

Our services for production tooling

Ready to start your project with us? Discover our services, ideal for your application.  

Production tooling success stories

Discover how additive manufacturing helped these companies improve their productivity. 

A worker at Volvo using a 3D-printed gluing jig to affix the Volvo logo and key information to the trunk of each new car
This 3D-printed gluing jig helps workers affix the Volvo logo and key information to the trunk of each new car. The new jig is 64% lighter, has a lead time of just two weeks, and is nearly half the price of the original.
A gripper hand with four flexible pneumatic fingers, 3D printed in TPU, mounted on a production line robots. The gripper is picking up a small screw as an example of pick-and-place assembly line tasks.
Made for production line robots, as shown in this example from ABB, these flexible pneumatic grippers allow the robot to fulfill pick-and-place tasks on an assembly line with greater precision, efficiency, and consistency.
A white 3D-printed nozzle made of Polyamide 12 with four extrusion holes. The nozzle is used on a food processing machine to produce multicolored marshmallows in a single piece, by Confiserie Van Damme.
Designed in collaboration with our Mindware experts, this PA 12 nozzle allowed Confiserie Van Damme to produce multicolored marshmallows from a single piece. This solution was one-tenth of the cost of traditional techniques and with a lead time of just one week.
Side-by-side comparison of a production suction gripper. One is bulkier and created with conventional manufacturing methods and one is sleek and made with 3D printing
When a customer approached our Design & Engineering services for help optimizing a design, we provided them with an aluminum suction gripper that is 94% lighter, 50% cheaper, and more performant than their former solution.
Two small metal parts are placed next to each other. On the left is a new, 3D-printed stainless steel bracket with no visible assembly seams. On the right is an old, rusted bracket with visible seams showing it has been assembled from multiple parts. These brackets are used by Philips Lighting in the manufacturing of lightbulbs.
A bracket (right) used in Signify's (formerly known as Philips Lighting) production process was very prone to breakage, with at least one failure per week. Materialise co-engineered and printed a new single structure bracket (left), reducing time-consuming part assembly and completely removing weld line pressure points.

Inspiration

Get inspired for your next project with a look at how others have benefited from 3D-printed production tooling. 

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Other applications

Rapid prototyping

Build and test fully-functional or visual prototypes that match your final design with a wide range of materials and technologies. 

View of the middle section of a geometrical, 3D-printed chair seat from a 3D-printed prototype of a customized, futuristic-looking wheelchair, using multiple 3D printing materials. The seat is lattice-structured and made of a translucent gray resin. The wheel spokes are made of 3D-printed metal.