Formnext 2017 Demonstration of productive additive manufacturing

Editor: Briggette Jaya

At Formnext, leading engineering and additive manufacturing company Renishaw will present the company’s Ren-AM 500Q four-laser additive manufacturing (AM) system.

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Renishaw will showcase numerous new products at Formnext 2017.
Renishaw will showcase numerous new products at Formnext 2017.
(Source: Renishaw)

According to UK-based Renishaw, the new Ren-AM 500Q improves productivity in most of the commonly used machine platforms. Other benefits include cost reduction per part whilst maintaining quality and precision of standard single laser systems. The system also speeds up processes by up to four times and, as such, is suitable for metal AM in applications that were uneconomic in the past as well as in new industries using AM in production applications, the company notes.

“At the show, Renishaw will demonstrate to visitors AM’s capabilities as a high quality serialised manufacturing method with good process and quality control,” said Robin Weston, marketing manager at Renishaw’s AM products division.

Another point of interest at the booth will be Renishaw’s AM process monitoring technologies, which allow for manufacturers to gather and analyse sensor data from AM systems to enable consistent processing. The process monitoring system, which is produced in-house, combines a chamber camera with synchronous sensing of laser power, galvo positioning and multi-spectral melt pool sensing.

The Infini-AM suite, a process monitoring and production planning tool, which provides feedback on the system sensor data from the AM build, will demonstrate analytical capabilities.

Infini-AM Central and Infini-AM Spectral that provide users information to understand the component build process and monitor melt pool characteristics in high resolution are some of the other new products to be showcased.

Presented too will be High Temperature Build Volume, a new technology that enables manufacturers to build components from materials that are currently not feasible to build. The technology enables the production of bulkier parts with less risk of thermal stress effects.

Visitors will get to see demonstrations of next generation automation product ideas, and new features for the company’s Quant-AM build preparation software as well.

The company will be in Hall 2.0, Booth E68 at Formnext.