Additive manufacturing applications
Metal additive manufacturing is quickly becoming the technology of the future, but few people know the full extent of the opportunities it offers or the nature of the partnership - in this industry - between Renishaw and Scuderia Ferrari.
Ferrari is a legend, the most loved Italian brand in the world, and at the heart of this myth, their racing department, have two Renishaw additive manufacturing (AM) machines.
Demand for high specification bicycles has exploded in recent years as both professionals and 'prosumers' have sought a performance edge. In the case of mountain bikes, this has driven manufacturers to deploy advanced materials and construction techniques from aerospace and Formula 1. Into this arena now steps the very latest production technology - additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing.
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.
Injection moulding allows plastic products to be produced in complex and intricate detail, often in sizeable batches, with repeatable tolerances and high surface quality.
Too often 'design for AM' is about finding ways to build products that really haven't been designed for AM at all. Heavy reliance on 3DP supports is a sign of insufficient up-front thinking about how a component is to be made.
Injection moulding allows plastic products to be produced in complex and intricate detail, often in sizeable production runs. In this article, I look at how these techniques have been applied by leading cleaning systems provider Alfred Kärcher GmbH & Co. KG to boost production of one of their best-selling pressure washers.