Renishaw will be showcasing its additive manufacturing technologies at the MACH 2014 within the new 3D Printing Zone. MACH 2014 is the largest event in the UK for manufacturing technologies.
UK's only manufacturer of additive manufacturing machines that print metal parts, Renishaw has pioneered a digitally driven process, which is capable of producing fully dense, complex parts from a range of metal powders including tool steel, aluminium, titanium and inconel. The laser melting technology involves fusing the metal powder in layer thicknesses ranging from 20 to 100 microns using a high powered yterrbium fibre laser.
At Renishaw’s showcase in Hall 4, Stand 4664 in the 3D Printing Zone, the main exhibit will highlight a collaboration between Renishaw and a leading British bicycle design and manufacturing company to create the world's first 3D printed metal bike frame. Empire Cycles, based in Bolton, Lancashire, designed the mountain bike to take advantage of Renishaw's additive manufacturing technology, allowing them to create a titanium alloy frame that would be both strong and light using topological optimisation.
Renishaw is also contributing its knowledge in additive manufacturing to create key prototype parts for the BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car, which will attempt to break the 1,000 mph speed barrier during Summer 2015. The car is also being displayed at the MACH 2014 show.
Following the acquisition of the assets of LBC Laser Bearbeitungs Center GmbH in May 2013, Renishaw is now able to offer additional additive manufacturing services, including design and simulation, and contract manufacture of metal prototypes and production parts.