The maintenance department often replaces 3 different bearings in a part that supports a rotating shaft. To do this they have to press out 3 small pins in varying locations on the part. Doing this repeatedly without a proper fixture is frustrating and adds non-value-added time.
3D print a fixture that will hold the shaft support properly for each pin and repeatedly withstand the force of the pressing without plastically deforming.
The Aramid fiber (Kevlar) additive adds toughness – In this application, the fixture will be used in a pressing operation. Added impact strength will help to add durability, prevent breakage, and prolong the life of the fixture.
The estimated cost of traditionally manufactured fixture: $400
3D Printed Fixture cost: $68
The fixture was printed using a Makerbot Method X at 95% with 5 shells so that it was able to be sanded and modified as needed. It has been used roughly 3 times per week for over 3 months without deforming.