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Renishaw has unveiled the machine that it is developing specifically for production manufacturing. The EVO Project additive manufacturing machine, which has a strong emphasis on automation, monitoring technologies and reduced operator interaction, is designed for single material industrial production.

Power handling is almost entirely hands-off, while powder recirculation, recycling and recovery are all carried out within the inert atmosphere of the system, protecting the user and the integrity of the material.

The EVO Project machine incorporates a high-power 500W laser, which will aid productivity while still maintaining precision and surface finish. It also features a high-capacity filtration system, a 19in HMI user interface and intelligent workflow to further reduce the need for operator interaction.

The machine, which is expected to be available in the second half of 2015, is designed to complement the current Renishaw AM250 system, which is better suited to flexible manufacturing and research applications where changes between materials are a requirement. The AM250 has an interchangeable hopper system, which allows various materials to be used on the same machine.

Renishaw is continuing to develop the AM250 system, which is benefiting from some of the developments made for the EVO Project machine. This has led to the recent introduction of the PlusPac upgrade pack, which offers improvements to Z-axis seals and chamber lighting, plus improved gas recirculation and filtration.

The Renishaw stand at Euromold 2014, which will take place in Frankfurt on 25–28 November, will feature an EVO Project machine, an AM250 system and an AM250 fitted with the PlusPac upgrade.

Click on the link above to download Renishaw’s additive manufacturing brochure.

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A world leader in engineering technologies, Renishaw’s core skills in measurement and precision machining serve sectors as diverse as dimensional metrology, spectroscopy, machine calibration, motion control, dentistry and surgical robotics.

A world leader in engineering technologies, Renishaw’s core skills in measurement and precision machining serve sectors as diverse as dimensional metrology, spectroscopy, machine calibration, motion control, dentistry and surgical robotics.

Sensors for co-ordinate measuring machines (CMMs) are an industry standard, from basic touch-trigger probes through to automated stylus and probe changers, motorised indexing probe heads, and revolutionary five-axis measurement systems.

Machine probes for CNC machine tools allow automated tool setting, workpiece set-up, in-cycle gauging and part inspection. Products include laser tool setters, contact tool setters, tool breakage detectors, touch probes and high accuracy inspection probes.

For motion control, Renishaw supplies laser encoders, optical linear encoders, optical angle encoders, optical rotary encoders, magnetic rotary encoders, magnetic chip encoders and magnetic linear encoders.

To analyse the static and dynamic performance of position-critical motion systems, Renishaw’s laser interferometer and environmental compensation system offers a linear measurement accuracy of 0.5 ppm, readings of up to 50 kHz and a linear measurement speed of up to 4 m/s, with a linear resolution of 1nm.

Renishaw’s Raman spectroscopy products exploit the Raman effect to identify and characterise the chemistry and structure of materials. A diverse range of analytical applications include pharmaceutical, forensic science, nanotechnology, biomedical and semiconductors.

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