Jigs and Fixture Design Services

EnCata provides jigs and fixture design and manufacturing services. We create custom drill bushings, jig plates, building ways, fixtures for assembling and welding.

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Benefits from jigs and fixtures in a manufacturing process

Jigs and fixtures are useful tools to achieve the precision and effectiveness of your production process. They save time and money with the help of standardizing the processes and obtaining repeatable results. The other significant benefit is labor safety. Jigs and fixtures reduce the risks of damage to you and your employees. We often use jigs at EnCata to produce high-quality prototypes. Jigs help eliminate errors during cutting, welding, drilling, finishing, and assembling.

Fixtures are critical manufacturing tools for automated manufacturing processes. Welding and assembling with robots are impossible without well-designed fixtures. A prime example is a fixture in which a block of steel is clamped inside a CNC milling machine. If you want to put a special semi-manufactured article in a CNC milling machine, you need a custom fixture design.

40+ Engineers

We act as your extended R&D team which is faster than hiring engineers locally. The breadth of our technical expertise is unique.

Development Speed

Our dedicated team is ready to scale up quickly. We utilize AGILE lean development process that leads to 30-50% faster delivery.

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Cost-effectiveness

Our development location enables us to be cost-effective and deliver premium R&D and engineering services at 1/3 of the price compared to that of in N-W Europe and USA.

Jigs and Fixtures for your product

Jigs and fixtures are tools that you need to launch an in-house product manufacturing. They help eliminate wastes like waiting time, defects, useless motion, and over-processing. It is necessary to quantify these wastes to decide on investments before you order jigs and fixtures, it is necessary to quantify these wastes. You can start with simple jigs and fixtures for small batches or simple products. The jigs and fixtures could be more complex and expensive for high precision products or mass production.

Rapid Prototyping

Rapid prototyping provides new information when testing hypotheses and finds outside-the-box solutions much faster. For products built from plastics, it helps save a good amount of money related to tooling. Also, non-standard fixtures for testing products are made using rapid prototyping methods.

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Mechanical Engineering

We help develop products that already have a physical form and exist on the market. It is impossible to prepare a product for mass production without validating the concept and conducting testing beforehand. Our mechanical engineers design small details, improve layouts of the main assemblies, and use non-standard solutions for the prototype to improve the viability of your future product. 

Low volume Manufacturing

EnCata is ready to help you in small-batch manufacturing. Low volume manufacturing is very sensitive to used equipment and tooling, COGS, and lead time. Large producers are usually not flexible during negotiations on small orders. EnCata has an in-house production facility where we can prepare the first small batch, make hundreds of PCBAs, assemble products, and test them before shipment.

Reverse Engineering

Using RE gives obvious benefits for any product design company. RE for product development saves from reinventing the wheel if you plan to allocate a budget properly.

However, RE is not a good idea for the main functions of a product. In this case, your product risks always falling behind your competitors.

Design for Manufacturing (DFM)

Preparation of CAD files is a standardized procedure. Necessary equipment and tooling, COGS, and lead time could be highly affected by the several numbers in the technical documentation on your product. 

Manufacturing Support & Sourcing

We do not produce molded parts by the thousands. However, if you are finished with the design and want to start mass-producing, we can recommend a production company. We will assign an engineering team specializing in the production process to communicate with the manufacturer and solve quality issues.

Jigs and Fixtures Design

Jigs and Fixtures tooling begins with the mechanical design stage. The approach to design and manufacturing of jigs and fixtures depends on the selected production process and product requirements. Well described production process helps make calculations of each step duration. It sets up the priorities for the design team in ergonomics, durability, and maintenance. Product requirements define the tolerances which jigs and fixtures should perform. Using plastic or plywood could reduce costs, but durability and stability should still be considered.

How to Manufacture Jigs and Fixtures

We recommend producing prototypes of jigs or fixtures for the first batch. Further, these should be tested at the production process to uncover all quality issues to refine or eliminate.  These notes will provide the needed information for any design improvements. After the design update, we will produce the final jigs or fixtures by using durable materials.

We usually use CNC machining for creating jigs and fixtures design since those are custom parts. Our manufacturing works with steel, aluminum, copper, brass, engineering plastics, and wood. When the geometry is too complex or costly for milling, we prefer 3D printing. 

Product Development Technology Stack

Milling
Lathe
Lather cutting

2D drawings and engineering
Documentation

Industrial design
Design for manufacturability/testability (DFM/DFT)

Welding
Bending

Painting
Polishing

Injection Molding
Vacuum forming

3D printing
UV-printing 

EDM

3D modeling and assemblies

Engagement Models

We focus on the entire product/service lifecycle, from concept to implementation to market launch.  EnCata’s knowledge, resources and innovation development expertise allow our Clients to develop and expand their businesses faster and leaner.

Some hardware Projects we delivered

Work that highlights the incredible technologies, solutions, and products EnCata developed.

Industries We serve

Our hardware engineers are focus on the entire product/service lifecycle, from concept to implementation to market launch.  EnCata’s knowledge, resources and innovation development expertise allow our Clients to develop and expand their businesses faster and leaner.

FAQ related to Product development

IP ownership when working with EnCata

When working with our clients we sign a contract where all the intellectual property to be generated during the R&D and engineering development belongs to the customer.

Do you sign NDAs?

Yes. As a highly professional design and engineering firm, we make sure that all discussions with our clients and all information regarding your invention, idea and other proprietary information are kept confidential.

How do I make sure EnCata does not "steal" my idea?

Aside from being a reputable company which does not steal ideas, EnCata's entire business model is based on delivering premium R&D, design and industrial prototyping services to our clients. As soon as we stole one client’s idea, our entire business would be ruined. Also, as we are not contract manufacturers (OEM or ODM), we wouldn’t be able to benefit from a stolen idea even if we wanted to.  This is definitely not a worry for our clients.

Patent or Develop first?

We follow a LEAN approach in product and business development and thus we strongly recommend patent filings only after you are  at least part-way through development. This is because patenting is expensive and early patents can already become obsolete or irrelevant later in the development phase. Typically, EnCata's work generates many patentable opportunities for our clients  and the best strategy is to file patents at TRL-7, i.e. when early beta prototype is ready and when a startup is ready to start batch production and marketing.

There is, however, another strategy, which is to use provisional patents which can be loose and are not to be disclosed to the public for 18 months. These are much less expensive and time consuming, generally costing below $500. EnCata will always sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement and keep your intellectual property confidential during the development phase and then we can recommend several third-party patent attorneys when the time is right.

Can EnCata consult me or help me with my existing design?

Whether you need to validate, evaluate or review your design, concept, 3D model, BOM or drawings, our experienced manufacturing, mechanical and electronics engineers are ready to help.

EnCata’s engineering consultancy service will allow you to critically reassess your project and help reach your goals while keeping the process cost-effective. To read more about the TRL and learn why it is useful, please procees to our blog.

What are typical project EnCata engaged with?

EnCata develops integrated Hardware and Software solutions for a variety of industries. We are engaged in multiple domains like IoT, robotics, medTech and IoMT, aerospace, agriculture, consumer products and many others. It is possible to work with such a wide variety of industries because we have multidomain expertise and utilize a cross-disciplinary product development approach.

I would like to do prototyping myself. Is it possible with EnCata?

Generally speaking, we do not allow clients to work on EnCata's manufacturing premises.

What does work, however, is that EnCata can manufacture prototype parts and the startup team can assemble thea prototype in our MakeIT Center hackerspace.  Alternatively, the startup can design and build the prototype themselves in our hackerspace.  We operate this free-access space in Minsk and we are currently working on expanding a hackerspace network worldwide.

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