Renishaw will introduce a new metal Additive Manufacturing machine at formnext powered by tct 2017, November 14-17, Frankfurt, Germany. The new RenAM 500Q four-laser system is expected to significantly improves productivity in the company’s most commonly used machine platform size. According to Renishaw, the primary benefit offered by the system is a substantial reduction in cost per part, whilst maintaining the quality and precision offered by standard single laser systems.
The use of four lasers, says the company, makes the production speed four times faster. Renishaw expects the RenAM 500Q to broaden the market appeal of metal Additive Manufacturing into applications that are presently uneconomic and potentially into new industries that have yet to embrace AM for production.
Renishaw will demonstrate the new machine on Stand E68, Hall 3.1 of the formnext exhibition. Visitors to the stand will also be introduced to Renishaw’s AM process monitoring technologies with the InfiniAM suite, which provides feedback on system sensor data from AM builds. New products on show will include InfiniAM Central and InfiniAM Spectral, which give users information to understand the component build process and monitor melt pool characteristics in high resolution.
“Multiple laser technology in a small footprint system will broaden the appeal of Additive Manufacturing in new markets and applications,” explained Robin Weston, Marketing Manager at Renishaw’s Additive Manufacturing Products Division. “The technology is moving towards applications where it’s not just the technical benefits of AM that are attractive but also the production economics of using it in a serialised manufacturing process for high quality components.”
At formnext, Renishaw will also present High Temperature Build Volume, a new technology that it states will enable manufacturers to build components from materials that are not currently feasible. The technology reportedly enables the production of bulkier parts with less risk of thermal stress effects. This has the potential to further expand the capabilities of AM and provide a platform for research and development.