Determining fixture ROI

Published Date
February 13, 2020 - 12:45:pm

Bob Warfield of The CNCCookbook addresses an old saying in the machine shop world that suggests real money is made from having great fixturing. Is that really true? Does every job benefit from fancy fixturing? As good as it often is, great fixturing may not always be the right answer.

In the 21st episode of the CNC Chef video series, Warfield uses a fixture ROI calculator developed by CNCCookbook to determine whether the amount of money saved by using a fixture will exceed the cost of building the fixture.

About The CNC Chef Video Series: The video series is a collaboration between Cutting Tool Engineering and Bob Warfield, founder of the, which is among the most popular CNC Blogs on the Internet. Thanks to his work with CNCCookbook and the G-Wizard software series, Warfield routinely receives questions from shops all over the world. For more information about the CNCCookbook, visit his website here.

Related Glossary Terms

  • computer numerical control ( CNC)

    computer numerical control ( CNC)

    Microprocessor-based controller dedicated to a machine tool that permits the creation or modification of parts. Programmed numerical control activates the machine’s servos and spindle drives and controls the various machining operations. See DNC, direct numerical control; NC, numerical control.

  • fixture


    Device, often made in-house, that holds a specific workpiece. See jig; modular fixturing.


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