For Ira Green Inc., fixture design and iteration used to take days, even weeks at times, and at a high cost per fixture. With a 3D printer, the shop’s entire process has changed, drastically increasing efficiency and cost effectiveness. Ira Green Inc. makes accoutrements for military uniforms, such as medals and pins. 3D-printed fixtures ensure the accuracy of nail placement while cutting down significantly on both the time and cost of designing and building fixtures. The machine’s ink-marking capability also adds three points of verification to prevent errors. (Image courtesy of Ira Green.) The Rize One 3D printer is what IGI uses for its ficturing and prototyping work. The system uses what Rize calls augmented deposition, a hybrid of extrusion and jetting. The machine jets a release agent between layers for cleaner removal of support structures. Jetting also enables the ink marking capabilities that IGI takes advantage of for printing work order numbers, line numbers and pictures of the piece on the fixtures for identification as well as instructions for part use and storage. Founded in 1943, Ira Green Inc. (IGI), headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, is a full-service m...