Renishaw RenAM 500M machine for serialized production
November 17, 2016 by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
Nov. 17, 2016 – Designed and engineered with serialized production in mind, the Renishaw RenAM 500M builds complex metallic components directly from CAD using metal powder bed fusion technology.
Featured at IMTS 2016, the machine is the first in a family of products based around Renishaw’s optical systems and control technology and boasts “unparalleled engineering with efficient, ergonomic design and safety features, as well as intuitive and automated capabilities,” says Renishaw. The machine manufactures parts within the 250 mm x 250 mm x 350 mm build volume and uses a high-powered ytterbium fiber laser to fuse fine metallic powders together creating functional 3-dimensional parts. The RenAM 500M is best suited for industrial production application, specifically serialized production. The machine features a 480-mm touchscreen, machine control software for ease of navigation through every process step, and a high capacity twin SafeChange filter system “enabling builds to run for long periods in a stable and controlled atmosphere,” says Renishaw, adding that each system is intended to be dedicated to a single material type for a lights-out manufacturing environment and provides a higher level of automation compared to the AM250 and AM400 platforms.