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Renishaw will be exhibiting a range of its advanced engineering products at the Engineering Design Show 2013, from 2–3 October 2013, including its additive manufacturing systems and position encoders for precision motion control.

In hall 1, stand D22, visitors to the show will be able to see Renishaw’s AM250 laser melting system, which uses an additive manufacturing process to produce fully dense metal parts direct from 3D CAD.

Also exhibited will be Renishaw’s Resolute absolute optical encoder, which the company says allows machine builders to achieve high performance and greater reliability. The encoder is suitable for use in high-performance lathe spindles as well as DDR torque motors requiring the highest levels of precision and motion control integrity.

Following the acquisition of LBC Laser Bearbeitungs Center GmbH in May 2013, Renishaw is now able to offer additional additive manufacturing services, including design and simulation, and the contract manufacture of metal prototypes and production parts.

Product information

AM250 laser melting technology

  • The AM250 technology uses a high-powered fibre laser.
  • 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 to 100 microns.

Resolute optical encoder

  • Available with Siemens Drive-Cliq interface, a communications interface to connect encoder and direct measurement systems with Sinumerik and Sinamics drive components.
  • Determines position immediately upon switch-on.

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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