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Additively manufactured styli

Manufacturing complex parts calls for custom solutions

Why use AM for custom styli?

Metal additive manufacturing (AM) is a flexible and powerful technology that can be used to create components and parts which cannot be made using traditional manufacturing methods. These can include complex shapes with internal structures and latticework that are both light and strong, enabling repeatable metrology. The high degree of flexibility in design means additively manufactured styli can be created and customised for almost any application.

Design freedom

Design parts for their end use, not for inspection. AM styli allow access to features that cannot be reached with traditional styli, so parts will no longer have to be designed for metrology access.

High accuracy metrology

Laser powder bed fusion can create strong, lightweight structures that enable repeatable and accurate metrology results.

Complex geometry

AM styli can be created with complex geometry to meet the access requirements of complicated parts.

Custom design

All AM styli are designed and produced in house by Renishaw, ensuring short lead times and high standards of quality.

Greater design freedom, greater inspection access

Custom styli for metrology applications provide more measurement options than ever before; AM offers the opportunity to produce complex shapes to enable the inspection of previously inaccessible features. AM styli are designed to heighten the capability of the REVO® 5-axis CMM multi-sensor platform, providing increased flexibility when accessing component features.

Combining the flexible technologies of AM and the REVO multi-sensor platform allows manufacturers to have greater freedom in part design. Parts that previously had to be designed to allow inspection access by traditional styli, can now be designed without such metrology restrictions.

Additively manufactured custom hollow titanium stylus, for REVO 5-axis inspection system

Complex geometry to help access all areas

AM styli can be made with intricate, complex geometry that offers advantages over traditional styli and can meet design challenges for both new parts and existing ones. 

Disc styli are a solution for measuring large features on components, but designing them has been problematic in the past. The discs could only be manufactured in ceramic, which limited the sizes it was possible to produce. A custom AM stylus can provide a stiff and lightweight structure that can be manufactured to a larger diameter than a ceramic styli. A 100 mm titanium disc, with ground outer surface, designed and made by Renishaw, weighs just 13 grams, which means it can be fitted to the REVO multi-sensor platform. it provides a 70% reduction in weight compared with a conventional disc stylus of this size.

Additively manufactured 100 mm disc stylus

Rapid, custom styli design service

Renishaw manufactures your custom styli in-house and offers a comprehensive custom design service to meet all your metrology requirements. Our custom design service ensures short lead-times; meaning your production does not need to wait. Contact us to find out more about our custom design service for both traditional and AM styli.

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