Serialized production additive manufacturing
- July 2, 2016
Renishaw has launched its new additive manufacturing system designed for serialized production, the RenAM 500 M.
The new machine, which uses a laser powder bed fusion system to melt metal, builds complex metal components directly from CAD models.
The system includes a Renishaw designed and engineered optical system with dynamic focussing, automated powder sieving and recirculation, a 500 W ytterbium fibre laser and patented high capacity SafeChange dual filter system.
Ideal for industrial production applications, RenAM 500M has a higher level of automation compared to the more flexible AM250 and AM 400 platforms from the company.
Powder sieving and recirculation are all carried out within the compact system automatically, reducing the need for manual handling and exposure to materials. This provides increased safety and sustained quality of the metal powders.
A range of standard material files is available to all users, but Renishaw says it recognises that many users will require greater access to process parameter settingsso it follows what it calls "an open parameter ethos" with all of its AM systems, allowing customers the freedom to optimize machine settings for their component geometry and production requirements.
The patented high capacity dual SafeChange filter system enables builds to be run for long periods within a stable controlled atmosphere. The filters capture process emissions in a safe and efficient manner.
The intelligent control system actively senses the condition of the filter, and automatically redirects the gas circuit to the clean filter before the process conditions deteriorate. The user is then alerted to change the filter housing and replace the filter cartridge.