Renishaw focuses on metrology and 3D printing at Southern Manufacturing 2018

REVO_SFP2_crankshaft_renishaw54343_tmbRenishaw, the global engineering technologies company, exhibited a range of metrology and additive manufacturing (metal 3D printing) products at Southern Manufacturing 2018.

Centrepiece of the stand was its new, improved surface finish measurement probe (SFP2) for use on its REVO® -2 5-axis measurement system. Combining surface finish measurement and dimensional inspection on the CMM presents unrivalled advantages over traditional inspection methods requiring a separate process, said the firm. Powered by 5-axis measurement technology, the SFP2’s automated surface finish inspection offers significant time savings, reduced part handling and greater return on CMM investment.

The Renishaw Equator™ flexible gauge was also demonstrated and is now offered with IPC (intelligent process control) software, providing the functionality to fully automate tool offset updates in CNC manufacturing processes. Improved capability in precision part machining, reduced setting and process adjustment time, and integration with automation systems, are some of the benefits that users can now expect.

The company also showed a range of fully dense, complex parts that have been built using its pioneering additive manufacturing (3D printing) process. The system uses a range of metal powders, including aluminium, titanium and inconel. The laser melting technology involves fusing the metal powder in layer thicknesses ranging from 20 to 100 microns using a high powered yterrbium fibre laser.

Also on the stand was the XM-60 multi-axis calibrator, a highly accurate laser system that incorporates, says Renishaw, unique technology with a patented optical roll measurement and fibre optic launch system, allowing the measurement of all six degrees of freedom from a single set-up.

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