Metal 3D printing
What is AM?
Additive manufacturing, also called 3D printing, is a process used to create three-dimensional parts from a digital file. It usually involves building up, or solidifying, thin layers of material to create complete parts. The technology is able to produce complex shapes which cannot be produced by 'traditional' techniques such as casting, forging and machining. Additive manufacturing introduces new design possibilities, including opportunities to combine multiple components in production, minimise material use and reduce tooling costs.
We design and manufacture additive manufacturing systems for manufacturing components in a variety of metals using a process called metal powder bed fusion (or laser melting). Our expertise in process development and our experience in using the technology in our own manufacturing operations enable us to provide turn-key and optimised additive manufacturing solutions for a broad range of applications in industrial and healthcare sectors. Find out more about additive manufacturing systems and services for your industry...
Case studies in additive manufacturing
Case study: First metal 3D printed bicycle frame manufactured by Renishaw for Empire Cycles
Renishaw, the UK’s only manufacturer of a metal-based additive manufacturing machine that prints metal parts, has collaborated with a leading British bicycle design and manufacturing company to create the world’s first 3D printed metal bike frame.
Case study: Hydraulic block manifold redesign for additive manufacturing
Additive manufacturing is highly suited for the design and manufacture of manifolds due to the technologies ability to build internal features and passageways.
Case study: Renishaw produces a prototype nose tip for the BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car (SSC)
Renishaw, one of the UK’s leading engineering technologies companies, is contributing its knowledge in additive manufacturing to create key prototype parts for the BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car, which will attempt to break the 1,000 mph speed barrier during Summer 2015.
Case study: 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.
Case study: Pioneering additive manufacturing reshapes patient's face
Additive manufacturing (3D printing) is changing and improving many traditional industries and processes. Healthcare is no exception with reconstructive surgery being particularly prominent. A horrific motorcycle accident left Stephen Power with multiple skull fractures that changed his life and meant he would require reconstructive surgery.
Case study: The full digitisation of removable partial dentures (RPDs)
Renishaw and Cardiff University Dental Hospital have teamed up to research 3D printing of CoCr removable partial dentures to give a flavour of what the future holds for the humble skeletal framework.
Case study: Digital evolution of cranial surgery
From complex reconstructive facial surgery to orthopaedic and trauma surgery, advances in additive manufacturing have inspired a growing number of progressive surgeons to commission metal 3D printed patient specific implants (PSIs) and cutting guides for both complex and straightforward procedures.