Method of Fixturing
Original Publication Date: 1985-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-19
Simplified fixturing for applying controlled forces in the assembly of parts during furnace cycling can be constructed of alloys exhibiting a memory for a previously manufactured shape when subjected to proper temperature changes. These alloys, such as nickel-titanium, can be designed as fixtures to provide moderate coupling or joining forces at ambient temperatures but then increase many fold as the fixture is heated so that it attempts to return to an original manufactured configuration.