Renishaw and Aeromet International Limited announced a collaboration to establish additive manufacturing process parameters and material properties for Aeromet’s A20X® aluminium alloy. Following a successful debut at the Paris Air Show, last month, the two companies are working together to optimise the processing techniques for the high-performance alloy on Renishaw metal additive manufacturing (AM) systems. They are also investigating a range of heat treatment regimes to deliver optimum properties in additively manufactured components. The results of these developments will be made available to Renishaw and Aeromet customers.
Microelectromechanical systems, also known as MEMS, could be described as tiny machines that have both mechanical and electrical components. The focus of this definition is most certainly the tiny part. While the dimensions of a MEMS can vary, their size can be anywhere from several millimeters to less than one micrometer, they are typically smaller than the width of a human hair.
Additive manufacturing, probably better known by the masses as 3D printing, is a technology that’s been around for a long time but more recently has generated a lot of buzz, and not just among the technophiles and early adopters. Students, home hobbyists, makers, and yes, certainly product designers and engineers are seeing manufacturing from a fresh, new perspective. Imagine a technology that enables you to quite literally make anything, any shape of any complexity. No more minimum production runs. You need just one? It’s now doable.
Technology from Renishaw is helping HiETA to move metal additive manufacturing (AM) from prototype manufacture into commercial production of its specialist range of heat exchangers. In particular, the recent addition of Renishaw’s RenAM 500M system at the company has enabled manufacturing times and, therefore production costs, to be reduced dramatically.
Thermoforming is a conventional plastics forming process where heat is used to bring a sheet of plastic to its sagging point, or when it becomes pliable. The heat source is removed and the plastic sheet is positioned onto a mold. A vacuum is then drawn through the mold and the sheet conforms to the surface of that mold.
Now more than ever, educators need intuitive, easy-to-use STEAM learning tools to implement in their classrooms. MakerBot and Autodesk Tinkercad are proud to announce a new connection between Tinkercad, the widely used entry-level 3D design software in education – and MakerBot, the largest connected 3D printing solution for educators. This new collaboration between MakerBot and Autodesk marks the first step in a growing commitment to embed powerful modeling software and 3D printing into the same seamless workflow.
Renishaw, a global engineering company specialising in metrology and metal 3D printing, was born out of the aerospace business and its efforts in advancing the manufacturing of complex components have never stopped. Its Spanish subsidiary Renishaw Ibérica, S.A.U. is working with a unique selection of other Spanish engineering companies and research centres in a ground-breaking project which could change the way aerospace turbines are manufactured forever.
Stratasys Ltd., the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, and Boom Supersonic announced a significant technical partnership to bring the commercial airline industry one step closer towards routine supersonic travel. Aimed at shaping the future of high-speed aviation, this three-year agreement was signed to help Boom accelerate production of advanced tooling and production-grade aircraft parts based on Stratasys FDM 3D printing technology.