Additive manufacturing case studies
Latest additive manufacturing case studies.
Additive manufacturing (AM) is highly suited for the design and manufacture of manifolds due to its ability to build internal features and passageways. Renishaw has collaborated with a customer to redesign their current hydraulic block manifold with additive mnufacturing in mind. The main goal of the project was to reduce the mass of the component whilst retaining its robustness. Due to the increased design freedom associated with additive manufacturing, an opportunity to increase the efficiency of the flow paths was also identified.
Renishaw has collaborated with a leading British bicycle design and manufacturing company to create the world's first 3D printed metal bike frame. The two companies re-designed an existing aluminium mountain bike frame to take advantage of Renishaw's additive manufacturing technology, allowing them to create a titanium frame that would be both strong and light using topological optimisation - the new frame is some 33% lighter than the original.
BLOODHOUND's aim is not only to break the sound barrier but also to be the first land vehicle to exceed 1 000 miles per hour (1609 km/hr) - at this speed it will be travelling the length of 4.5 football pitches every second.
The majority of the cockpit and nose is made from carbon fibre reinforced epoxy. During the record attempt the car will experience more than 20 000 kg of skin drag. However as the nose tip is on the ‘leading edge' it will experience a greater proportion of this load; up to 12 000 kg/m².
The GreenTeam and Renishaw - a premium sponsor - have collaborated to develop and manufacture optimised wheel carriers for a Formula Student racing car, reducing the overall weight of the car by 1.5 kg and making it their lightest vehicle to date.
Formula Student is Europe's most established educational motorsport competition, bringing together industry leaders, high profile engineers, universities and students from around the continent. The aim is to design and build a single-seater car which races on a course normally reserved for Formula 1. Formula Student is also a place where innovation is very much at home, particularly when it comes to new manufacturing methods and design engineering.