Renishaw sets up a global network of Renishaw Solutions Centres for metal 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM). Renishaw’s vision is to make AM a mainstream manufacturing technology, used in series production of high performance parts for aerospace, medical, automotive, oil & gas, mould & die and consumer products.
When adopting any innovative new manufacturing technology, companies go through a rigorous assessment process to understand the potential benefits, and to prove the reliability and capability of the production process. The investment in time, resources and equipment to achieve this is very much important.
Renishaw Solutions Centres lowers this entry barrier by providing cost-effective access to machinery, facilities and AM expertise. Equipped with the latest AM machines and staffed with knowledgeable engineers, the Solutions Centres provides a confidential development environment in which firms can explore the benefits that AM can bring to their products, and quickly build their knowledge and confidence in AM as a production technology.
Each Solutions Centre features Incubator Cells – private development facilities containing an AM machine, design workstation and all the ancillary equipment needed to design, build and refine a new product design. As the product and process design matures, Renishaw will provide pre-production capacity where the productivity and capability of the AM process can be established. Renishaw also provides support in the form of operators and applications engineers, as well as access to a range of machining, finishing, treatment and metrology processes.