3/27/2017 | 1 MINUTE READ

RAM3D Opens New Zealand Facility

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RAM3D, a collaborator with Renishaw, is using metal additive manufacturing equipment at this site.


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New Zealand-based Rapid Advanced Manufacturing (RAM3D) has opened a new facility in Tauranga’s Tauriko Business Park, with the aim of making metal additive manufacturing more accessible to the Australian and New Zealand markets. RAM3D has been collaborating with global engineering technologies company Renishaw and, as a result, is using several AM250 metal additive manufacturing systems in its Tauranga facility.

RAM3D works with clients to improve the design of production parts and prototypes, and uses additive manufacturing to make these parts in a more efficeint and cost-effective manner. The company was spun out of the research organization Titanium Industry Development Association (now TiDA) and is said to have the largest Australasian center for 3D printing. According to RAM3D, this new facility allows companies from a range of sectors, including aerospace, defense, consumer and industrial, to explore the benefits of metal additive manufacturing.

“The additive manufacturing market is on the rise in New Zealand and Australia,” explained Warwick Downing, managing director of Rapid Advanced Manufacturing. “This growth is fuelled by realism, not hype; the enquiries we are getting show a clear understanding of the potential of design for additive manufacturing. This is an encouraging trend. We believe this trend is being driven by industry collaborations that facilitate a better understanding of the technology, such as the one between RAM3D and Renishaw."

“The key to the successful and sustainable implementation of additive manufacturing into the production process is to have a good understanding of the technology and work in partnership with suppliers and clients.”

RAM3D is planning to continue its growth and accommodate for 20 metal additive manufacturing systems by the end of 2020.