I'm Pete Zelinski with AdditiveManufacturing.
I'm at Precision Tool Technologies of Brainerd, Minnesota.
3D printing is a solution for tooling.
[There are] lots of reasons for that: it's easy; the tool is done at the end of a print cycle; nothing more needs to be done necessarily.
This is a tool for a welding fixture used to make this, which is a device used in making eyeglass lenses.
These springs are welded in using this fixture.
In the past the fixture was machined.
Also not that difficult, but here's the thing: the fixture, this part actually, is subject to change.
That means the fixture has to change, and in the past, every time that happened it was a new machining project and more time at the machine tool.
3D printing makes tooling flexible, changeable, discardable.
When the design of the product changes, just print a new tool.