Soft jaws play a role in the manufacturing of nearly every kind of part. However, manufacturing custom soft jaws with traditional methods usually requires custom machining work, which is expensive, sacrifices machine uptime, and can often take up to six weeks. The end result is often not ideal, as adjustments can't be made quickly and common materials such as aluminum may cause marring to production parts.
All of these challenges can be solved by 3D printing soft jaws. While typical 3D printing materials cannot produce soft jaws that are strong enough to withstand machining forces, the composite fiber parts produced by Markforged printers unlock this application of 3D printing. Strong enough for an industrial workflow and resistant to cutting fluids, soft jaws made of fiber-reinforced composites can be produced in hours at a fraction of the cost of custom-machined equivalents.
This webinar provides an introduction and overview to the practice of 3D printing soft jaws. It explains how soft jaws can be designed with 3D printing in mind (for example, how you can print custom lathe jaws for non-concentric parts in a turning operation). It will also cover how various challenges, such as the boring of complex parts, post-machining consumer off-the-shelf parts, and complex CNC milled parts, can be specifically addressed with 3D printed soft jaws. Learn how soft jaws 3D printed with Markforged's composite materials allow for strong, non-marring jaws at a fraction of the price of machined alternatives.
- Understand why custom soft jaws are time and cost intensive to produce and implement using traditional machining methods
- Find out how these complications can be eliminated by 3D printing soft jaws
- Learn why composite reinforcement is critical to enabling parts to withstand machining forces and cutting fluids
- See how 3D printed lathe jaws can easily enable turning operations on non-concentric parts