4/4/2017 | 1 MINUTE READ

Renishaw Installs Metal AM System at CATEC in Spain

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The RenAM 500M will be used in the development of manufacturing parameters for aerospace materials.

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Renishaw has installed a RenAM 500M metal additive manufacturing system at the Center for Advanced Aerospace Technologies (CATEC) in Seville, Spain. The technology center focuses on the promotion and development of R&D activities within the aerospace sector, actively developing new technologies and the transfer of best practices.

CATEC and Renishaw have worked in close collaboration on past projects to address manufacturing challenges within the aerospace sector. An example is their involvement in the FUTURALVE project, which receives funding from the Center for the Development of Industrial Technology, a public organization for technology development. CATEC and Renishaw are currently working to optimize the manufacturing parameters of Inconel 718 and other nickel-based alloys for use in high-temperature applications for sectors such as aeronautics and automotive.

“CATEC is actively working on the development of aerospace applications with additive manufacturing technology, covering all the stages of the production cycle to support companies in implementation of this technology,” said Fernando Lasagni, head of materials and processes development at CATEC. “This involves parameterizing various aeronautical alloys so that they can be manufactured to the highest quality standards. Due to the industrial strength of the RenAM 500M system, its increased manufacturing capacity (in volume) and the high power of the laser (500 W), the short-term objective will be to achieve manufacturing parameters that ensure the aeronautical quality of the materials. We expect to take steps in the development of applications, thereby reducing the unit costs of the components”.

The RenAM 500M is a laser powder-bed fusion additive manufacturing system designed specifically for production of metal components on the factory floor. It features automated powder and waste handling systems that enable consistent process quality, reduce operator touch times and ensure high standards of system safety.

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