Renishaw's metal powder bed fusion additive manufacturing systems can build complex metal parts as a solution for a wide range of industry needs.
Metal additive manufacturing technology
Our technology can build complex shapes that are not possible with traditional casting and machining methods, or subtractive techniques. Parts can be solid, or contain hollow elements with or without lattice structures. In order to optimise parts, engineers are increasingly designing for the additive manufacturing process.
Renishaw apply metal powder bed fusion technology, as classified by ASTM International (formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials). This is the accurate term, although the technology is still often referred to as layer melting, metal additive manufacturing, metal 3D printing, laser sintering or metal AM.
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The additive manufacturing process
How does the additive manufacturing process work? Learn how below.
1. Loading powder
Loading metal powder before and during build.
2. Build plate loaded
Build plate is loaded into the system chamber and secured.
3. Build preparation
Offline build preparation file is exported to the additive manufacturing system.
4. Remove air
Build chamber is prepared with vacuum removal of air.
5. Inert gas
Chamber is filled with argon inert gas - class leading low gas consumption.
6. Powder delivery
Layer of metal powder is delivered.
7. Laser melting
Laser melting using a fibre laser.
8. Building in layers
Build plate moves down and next layer is built up.