A great alternative to fixture locating is integrating locating features into the part design during metal fabrication planning. This can help save time and reduce the cost of a project. There are several types of locating features that can be used in a fabrication project. Here are a few of the most common:
Parallel Surface Locating Features.
When working with parallel surfaces, you can create a dowel or other protrusion in one part that then aligns with a hole in the corresponding part. Bridge lances are also commonly used with parallel surfaces. They involve creating a cutout in the corresponding piece that matches the outside perimeter of the lance, or by creating a tab feature to slit-fit under the bridge of the lance.
Perpendicular Surface Locating Features.
When dealing with perpendicular surfaces, there are several options for integrating locating features. One would be to create a slot in one part, and a tab on the edge of its mating part that fits snugly. You can also create a locking tab feature to can be used in conjunction with a rivet to lock pieces into place.
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