Metal AM Spring 2016

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Company visit: Renishaw

Renishaw: Global Solutions Centres offer end-users an alternative route to develop new metal AM applications This year the UK’s Renishaw plc will further expand its global network of Solutions Centres for metal Additive Manufacturing. The centres are designed specifically to provide a secure environment for end-users to trial the company’s metal powder bed fusion technology and establish the viability of a project before committing to major capital investments. Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine’s Nick Williams reports on a recent visit to Renishaw’s flagship Solutions Centre in Stone, Staffordshire.

Headquartered in Wotton-underEdge, Gloucestershire, UK Renishaw plc is one of the world’s leading engineering, science and technology companies, with more than 70 offices in 35 countries employing over 4,000 people. The company is also an established and high profile metal Additive Manufacturing machine manufacturer. It was following the acquisition of MTT Technologies Ltd (MTT) in April 2011 that Renishaw made the move into metal AM equipment production. Upon completion of the acquisition MTT was incorporated into a new Additive Manufacturing Products Division at Renishaw with a specific focus on the development and further commercialisation of metal AM technologies. MTT’s heritage stretches back to the earliest days of the commercial development of metal AM with the first sales of systems in the UK in 2004. Since the acquisition the division has grown from 35 staff to over 250 AM employees.

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The acquisition of was billed as a natural fit for Renishaw, most notably because of the company’s leading market position in the world of metrology and process control, both complementary and necessary areas of expertise for anyone looking to enter the market for metal AM

component production. At the time of the acquisition, Renishaw was already a user of AM technology for the manufacture of dental restorations, bringing both an understanding of the status of the technology and an awareness of its challenges and the potential.

Fig. 1 Rows of Renishaw AM250 machines building parts for customers in the customer builds and applications area in Stone, Staffordshire

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