Create fixtures quickly with Renishaw software

May 24, 2024
FixtureBuilder 8.1 adds features to enhance its user-friendly interface.

FixtureBuilder Manufacturers of molds and tooling for the plastics industry use this 3D modeling software from Renishaw to set up fixturing for parts. The software uses CAD models of workpieces, along with libraries of equipment from the entire catalog of Renishaw’s comprehensive portfolio of industrial metrology, additive manufacturing and position measurement technologies. The software features an intuitive, easy-to-use interface, with a “Build It” feature that automates the generation of work instructions and a bill of material for each setup. With it, along with Renishaw’s other technologies, users can create complete fixturing solutions appropriate for any part regardless of size, shape or material. 

What’s new? Version 8.1, which came out in November. Among its upgrades are new graphics and the new Custom Plate Counterbore Hole Detection function, which enables users to add holes to the plate where the part attaches and prevent them from being filled in later in the design and manufacturing process. Now available via subscription, the software also now allows users to export files into MODUS, Renishaw’s metrology inspection software, using Standard ACIS Binary language. 

Benefits The ability to set up fixturing in seconds, using popular file formats like IGES, SAT and STEP. FixtureBuilder is user-friendly and allows seamless functionality, so manufacturers can position parts for repeatable, accurate, precise and productive inspection. The software simplifies users’ purchase of fixturing components and helps them meet quality standards. 

Renishaw Inc., West Dundee, Ill., 847-286-9953, 

About the Author

Karen Hanna | Senior Staff Reporter

Senior Staff Reporter Karen Hanna covers injection molding, molds and tooling, processors, workforce and other topics, and writes features including In Other Words and Problem Solved for Plastics Machinery & Manufacturing, Plastics Recycling and The Journal of Blow Molding. She has more than 15 years of experience in daily and magazine journalism.