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Metal 3D printing

Renishaw is a systems manufacturer and solutions provider for additive manufacturing (AM).

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.

Renishaw's expertise

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: Pioneering additive manufacturing reshapes patient's face 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) 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 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.