Metal Additive Manufacturing on show to public at UK museum

December 19, 2014

December 19, 2014

The Additive Manufacturing division of Renishaw plc has collaborated with Manchester’s Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI), United Kingdom, on a free exhibition that will explore the topic of 3D printing. The exhibition, 3D: Printing the Future, is open to the public until April 19, 2015.

Over 500 objects made using the technique can be seen at the exhibition, including the world’s first bike with a 3D printed metal frame that Renishaw manufactured in collaboration with Empire Cycles.


The exhibition aims to educate the general public about Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology. As the UK’s only manufacturer of metal-based additive manufacturing machines, Renishaw provided several bespoke parts for this exhibition, including the central piece – its bike with a metal 3D printed frame. To demonstrate the versatility of the technology, Renishaw also helped produce topologically optimised bottle openers, an exhaust manifold, a knee replacement, a dental bridge, a skull with maxillofacial implants and other complex structures.

“In 2013, Renishaw sponsored a sister exhibition organised by the Science Museum in London,” explained Lucy Grainger, Product Marketing Engineer at Renishaw’s AM division. “Exhibitions are a great way of raising awareness about new technologies. They allow us to explain realistic applications of 3D printing and what it can do for manufacturing, industry, medicine and consumers alike.”

“3D printing is revolutionising the fields of medicine and engineering,” stated the exhibition’s curator, Sarah Baines. “We wanted to celebrate the technology and inspire the next generation of engineers – not just in London, but also in other areas of the UK. We’re keen to explain to visitors of all ages how 3D printing has democratised design, encouraged innovation and what kind of opportunities it holds for the future.”  


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