Renishaw enables increased fluid power capabilities with metal Additive Manufacturing

July 10, 2019

Renishaw enables increased fluid power capabilities with metal Additive Manufacturing

A Domin Fluid direct drive servo valve manufactured using metal Additive Manufacturing (Courtesy Renishaw plc)

 

Renishaw plc, headquartered in Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, UK, has collaborated with Domin Fluid Power Limited, Bristol, UK, to help the company maximise productivity when designing and manufacturing direct drive valves. Using metal Additive Manufacturing techniques, the company can reportedly now manufacture smaller, more efficient drives and reduce cycle times from five and a half hours to just one.

Domin collaborated with Renishaw to develop a new technology suite for the fluid power sector. The company visited Renishaw’s AM Solutions Centre in Stone, Staffordshire, UK, to develop their understanding of AM and understand how the technology could help them produce highly-efficient drives for customers.

“Metal AM allows you to stretch the art of what is possible in the fluid power sector,” explained Marcus Pont, General Manager of Domin Fluid Power. “After spending years on testing different prototypes and designs we have developed our knowledge in AM that will enable us to produce efficient parts for customers. For example, we have designed one of our drives that is 25% of the original size, 25% more powerful and produced at a third of the cost.”

“At Renishaw we are always looking for opportunities to be involved with developing emerging technologies that make positive changes in the industrial world,” added Martin McMahon, AM Lead Technical Consultant at Renishaw. “We’ve worked with Domin throughout the whole process, from investigating material properties, to exploring the advantages of using the latest technologies, such as the RenAM 500Q, in production.”

“Additive Manufacturing is a key technology for Domin,” he continued. “It gives the company the ability to build complex parts, free of tooling and with minimal operations and assembly. Trying to integrate such complex functionality into such a small design would not be possible using conventional manufacturing techniques.”

www.renishaw.com

www.domin.co.uk

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