Assembly & Fixtures


Waterjet Fixtures

Assembling waterjet fixtures from laminated epoxy is designed to allow customers to utilize a repeatable process to run the fixture over many thousands of cycles by using stainless steel and other capable materials. All fixtures are custom built to suit the needs of the customer.

Assembly Fixtures

Based on customer requirements, these fixtures can be manually or automated. The fixtures are used for secondary attaching to customers products and include stapling, edge folding, infrared heating and pressing, gluing, and other miscellaneous applications.

Poke Yoke Fixtures

The function of a poke yoke fixture is used to inspect the customers workpiece either with simple mechanical checks or using photo eyes or fiber optic sensors. These sophisticated, custom built fixtures have interactive touch screens showing the workpiece and the checking points of designation ensuring the product meets the specified requirements of the customer.

Check Fixtures

Designed to customers specifications either machined to their surface data or machined to data we configure from their information.

​Fixtures are either machined or an epoxy laminated form made off of a machined surface. Fixtures are inspected on our CMM ( Coordinate Measuring Machine ) to verify the fixture matches the data to with the build tolerance.

Fixtures are painted using an automotive enamel paint and clear coated to help keep fixture clean and lines in tact while being used within the customers daily process.



Compression Forming Molds

Cast aluminum top and bottom mold halves are machined to data that was provided by the customer along with other designed runoff beyond the part trimlines.  Mold have alignment cones placed to allow customer to seat mold together in the same location while it is being set up on the press.  Production mold could also have the following items assembled which are used during the customers process.

  • Internal trimming of molded material - cutting dies / cylinders
  • Material holding / clamping - used to hold blank in place during the process
  • Application of other secondary pieces - Apply Velcro, insulators, grommets
  • Interchangeable inserts - automatic movement with diagnostic sensing
  • Poke yoke - feedback to PLC for quality assurance
  • Temperature control - cooling / heating lines / plumbed to regulate to process.

Production & prototype tooling is custom built to suit the customers cycle time and budget.  Tooling lead times are contingent on complexity.  Tooling could take as little as two weeks to construct to as long as 16 to 20 weeks

Prototype epoxy - Laminated epoxy / fiberglass construction with plywood eggcrate supports. Built to withstand press loads up to 20 tons over a limited usage for first build parts. Can be constructed in short lead times. Prototype tooling may have cooling lines embedded to reduce cycle times. We have built prototype tooling that has withstood 50,000 cycles over a 4-year period of time depending on the way a customer uses the tool in their process.


Vacuum Form Molds

Like compression molds, made from either epoxy laminate or aluminum considering the customers’ needs and specifications to best way part can be molded creating the best tilt and parting line for the process.

Have experience with making tooling to process vinyl, " PVC", high density polyethylene, "HDPE" and polypropylene, PP. Aluminum tooling will have cooling lines plumbed to a manifold, vacuum holes drilled, back plate and vacuum connection.

Vacuum molds can also have a texture placed on the surface to the customers specification. Customer would supply a texture master and then we would use this to develop the textured surface on the mold.

Textured Molds

There are two methods of making textured mold surfaces.

  • Fabricate texture plate master - make a flexible skin off of plate and vacuum the skin onto the pattern surface before casting.
  • Prepare the mold surface for acid etching - We have vendors available to acid etch a casting so it will represent the opposite of the finished part when the pattern is etched onto the mold surface.

Textured molds are used primarily for an "A" class finish


Manufactured from models using laminated epoxy / fiberglass factoring in aluminum and customer material shrinkage. Can also be machined with expansion factored for customer material shrinkage and aluminum shrink factor. Machined from wood or light weight foam.

Patterns may be designed and made to allow machining the aluminum casting or to just be cast without machining.

Miscellaneous Patterns.- Wood Patterns/ forms used for fiberglass housings.