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Additive manufacturing case studies

Latest additive manufacturing case studies.


Making time for Holthinrichs Watches

Michiel Holthinrichs, the founder of Holthinrichs Watches, is working with a Renishaw Additive Manufacturing Solutions Centre to build up his knowledge about the potential of metal addititve manufacturing (AM) and to speed up the overall manufacturing process for his high-end, limited edition watches.

His first design ‘Ornament 1' combines traditional watchmaking elements, including a Swiss movement with manual winding and a design inspired by classic watches of the 1950s, with the new technology of metal 3D printing, which was used to produce the case, crown and buckle.

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Enhancing the additive manufacturing process chain

The design freedom provided by additive manufacturing (AM) or ‘3D printing' technology is an important enabler in cutting-edge product innovation. As part of the revolution in digital manufacturing, AM can radically simplify the production of complex parts, while simultaneously improving functional performance, reducing part weight and minimising component counts.To take full advantage of AM's unique capabilities, however, complementary software tools need to be optimised to satisfy the new requirements of ‘design for additive manufacturing' (DfAM) rules and guidelines. Dassault Systèmes, a world-leading provider of 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, collaborated with Renishaw to streamline its 3DEXPERIENCE® platform to deliver a no-compromise end-to-end AM design experience.

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KOMET® GROUP innovates cutting tools using metal 3D printing technology

KOMET® GROUP is using Renishaw metal additive manufacturing technology to produce new ranges of innovative cutting tools. As well as allowing special cutters to be produced more quickly, the use of additive manufacturing enables more complex shapes to be generated, both for the external shape of the tooling and for the internal cooling channels.

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Exchanging metal 3D printing solutions with HiETA

Technology from Renishaw is helping HiETA to move metal additive manufacturing (AM) from prototype manufacture into commercial production of its specialist range of heat exchangers. In particular, the recent addition of Renishaw's RenAM 500M system at the company has enabled manufacturing times and, therefore production costs, to be reduced dramatically.

Hydraulic block manifold redesign for additive manufacturing

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 manufacturing 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.

Metal AM technology used for customised mountain bikes

Metal additive manufacturing technology from Renishaw has enabled Robot Bike Co. to produce a novel design of mountain bike that can be customised to match the size and riding style of the rider.

Metal 3D printing pushes the boundaries in Moto2™ through defiant innovation

Moto2 team TransFIORmers is using cutting edge metal additive manufacturing (3D printing) technology in an unconventional front suspension system to gain a significant competitive advantage.

The first metal 3D printed bicycle frame manufactured by Renishaw for Empire Cycles

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.

Renishaw produces a prototype nose tip for the BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car (SSC)

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.

Industrial 3D printing yields success on the Formula Student circuits

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.

Additive manufacturing crosses the finishing line

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.

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