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Renishaw will be exhibiting its advanced engineering products at TCT Live, including its inspection systems and manufacturing machine systems that use an additive build process. The exhibition will take place at the NEC in Birmingham on 25–26 September.

On display will be Renishaw’s AM250 laser melting machine, part of the company’s additive manufacturing machine range. Renishaw is currently offering additional additive manufacturing services, including design and simulation and the contract manufacture of metal prototypes and production parts.

Also on show will be Renishaw’s 5/04 vacuum casting machines, which facilitate the production of high-quality colour-matched parts in glass-filled nylon. Vacuum casting enables the manufacture of individual prototypes or even small-batch production technology. Renishaw will also exhibit its Equator gauging system, a lightweight, fast and highly repeatable inspection system.

A process monitoring window has recently been added to the shop-floor user interface of the Equator, which instantly displays the measurement results of inspected features to the operator on a bar-graph display.

Products in detail

AM250 laser melting machine

  • Parts are built from a range of fine metal powders that are fully melted in a tightly controlled atmosphere, in layer thicknesses ranging from 20–100 microns.
  • The machine is capable of producing fully dense metal parts direct from 3D CAD using a high-powered fibre laser.

5/04 vacuum casting machine range

  • Vacuum casting enables the manufacture of individual prototypes or even small-batch production technology.
  • Components are gas and water tight, are suitable for crash testing and are chemically resistant, resulting in the manufacture of high-performance polymer components in nylon PA6 for a range of demanding applications.

Equator gauging system

  • The Equator can be used by operators with ‘pushbutton’ simplicity.
  • A new option is the Equator 300 Extended Height system, which offers extra fixturing space below the measuring volume, allowing components to be transferred onto the machine on their machining fixtures.
  • This new option also allows the use of automated systems such as robots and conveyors.

Equator process monitor

  • The Equator process monitor shows the history of measurement on each feature so that process trends can be seen.
  • The system’s remastering process can now be managed based on temperature limits, the number of parts or the time since the last master.

Renishaw

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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