12/22/2015

Renishaw RenAM 500M Designed to Accommodate Future Upgrades

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According to Renishaw, the metal AM machine is future-proof and suitable for serialized and lights-out manufacturing.

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The RenAM 500M industrial additive manufacturing system from Renishaw (initially introduced as the Evo Project) builds complex metallic components directly from CAD using metal powder bed fusion. The system is the first in a family of products based around Renishaw optical systems and control technology, the company says.

The system is equipped with a 500-W ytterbium fiber laser and a Renishaw-designed optical system with dynamic focusing to achieve a flat field correction of the scan area. Both on- and off-axis sensing technologies can be added to gather data about the process. The build envelope measures 250 × 250 × 350 mm. The RenAM 500M is controlled via a 19" (480-mm) touchscreen with Windows-based user interface.

Features such as low gas consumption and atmosphere generation plus a minimal footprint are intended to reduce cost of ownership. On-board ultrasonic sieving and powder recirculation provide efficient materials handling while reducing operator touch time. Process emissions are handled via the dual SafeChange filtering system, which automatically senses and redirects recirculation gas to maintain performance and chamber cleanliness. 

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