Tooling & Fixtures
MachineTek frequently designs tooling and fixtures to assist in the fabrication of honeycomb and foam core details. This becomes necessary to support core material in certain situations, especially when the material must be machined on both sides.
If the tooling or fixture is fabricated from tooling foam, this process is usually accomplished in-house using our 3- or 5-axis CNC mills. Aluminum and steel fixtures can similarly be fabricated in-house. The fabrication of carbon fiber heat-capable fixtures are normally outsourced.
Specialized fixtures are normally required for heat-forming, bonding, and other advanced processes. Metal templates are often used for fabrication or as check fixtures.
Following fabrication, tooling and fixtures can be retained by MachineTek for current and future fabrication or they can be delivered to our customers for their future use.