ADDiVAL boosts punch production with Renishaw’s RenAM 500Q Ultra

July 8, 2024

The punches developed for tube bending and additively manufactured on the RenAM 500Q Ultra (Courtesy Renishaw)
The punches developed for tube bending and additively manufactured on the RenAM 500Q Ultra (Courtesy Renishaw)

ADDiVAL, based in Barcelona, Spain, has purchased a RenAM 500Q Ultra Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB) Additive Manufacturing machine from Renishaw, headquartered in Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire, UK. The new RenAM 500Q Ultra will be used for the serial production of metal components, including the innovative punch developed as a collaboration between the Renishaw and ADDiVA.

The patented punch is designed primarily for the tube bending and manufacturing industry, although it can also be adapted to other processes, such as sheet stamping.

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“Our output is between 100 and 120 punches per month,” said Borja Batlle, Director of ADDiVAL. “The punch meets industry standards of surface hardness (60 HRC), and it also includes heat treatment, anti-wear surface treatment and machining.”

After trying various technologies, including Binder Jetting, ADDiVAL selected Renishaw due, in part, to its Tempus technology. Tempus incorporates a new scanning algorithm for Renishaw’s RenAM 500 series of metal AM machines, saving up to nine seconds per build layer, reportedly cutting build time by up to 50%.

“This technology allows the lasers to start work on manufacturing while the wiper supplies and positions each layer of powder, thereby increasing productivity and reducing the manufacturing cost per part,” stated Marc Gardon, AM Applications Manager at Renishaw.

The two companies announced their partnership appearance at the BIEMH (Bienal Internacional de Máquina-Herramienta – the International Machine Tool Biennial), held on Bilbao, Spain, from June 3-7, 2024.

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