10/15/2015 | 1 MINUTE READ

Renishaw Solutions Centres to Aid AM Adopters

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A network of Solutions Centres will provide companies interested in additive manufacturing with access to machinery, facilities and expertise.


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Renishaw has announced plans to open a global network of Renishaw Solutions Centres for metal additive manufacturing (AM). The goal of this network is to lower the barriers to entry and help companies understand the potential benefits, reliability and capability of the production process.

“Renishaw’s vision is to make additive manufacturing a mainstream manufacturing technology, used in series production of high-performance parts for aerospace, medical, automotive, oil and gas, mold and die, and consumer products,” said Clive Martell, Renishaw’s head of global additive manufacturing.

Renishaw’s Solutions Centres are intended to provide cost-effective access to machinery, facilities and AM expertise, reducing the investment in time, resources and equipment often necessary when companies adopt new technology. The centers are equipped with AM machines and staffed with engineers; they will provide a confidential development environment for firms to explore AM’s benefits and quickly build knowledge and confidence in it as a production technology.

Each Solutions Centre will feature 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 also provide pre-production capacity where the productivity and capability of the AM process can be established. Users will have access to operators and applications engineers for support, as well as a range of machining, finishing, treatment and metrology processes. 

The network of Renishaw Solutions Centres will open during the final quarter of 2015 and the first half of 2016, and will include facilities in Canada, China, Europe, India, the United Kingdom and the United States.