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Basics of Manufacturing: Fixture Design

Correctly machining a part requires a fixturing setup that guarantees a definite location or position with respect to a part's datum points or surfaces. This must be repeatable, part-after-part. SME's Fundamentals of Tool Design video series explores both the basics and details of fixtures. Explore this video series and more through the SME store.  

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Humans of Manufacturing

HOM: An Olympic Training Center for Hands-On Skills

Gene Sherman, CEO and founder of Vocademy, knew at a young age that he was not destined for a college education and that working with his hands was his future. “My first introduction to the world of making things was taking other people's discarded toys and fixing them to play with.”


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