Jigs and fixtures can be "generically" defined as devices used in the manufacture of components to locate and hold workpieces. The characteristic that distinguishes one from the other is that jigs are used to guide the worktool or template. Fixtures are not.
Both are used for holding, assembling or inspecting tools or other elements used in for applications in the aerospace, optical and computer fields.
Jigs and fixtures can be made from steel, stainless steel, magnesium, plastics and glass-reinforced plastics. Depending on the size of the jig or fixture, and the job specifications, tolerances can be from 0.0001" to 0.020".
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