RAM3D reportedly has the biggest Australasian centre for 3D metal printing.
RAM3D reportedly has the biggest Australasian centre for 3D metal printing.

Renishaw says that high-tech company Rapid Advanced Manufacturing (RAM3D) in New Zealand has installed several AM250 metal additive manufacturing (AM) systems in its new facility in the city of Tauranga in the North Island. The company reportedly aims to make metal additive manufacturing more accessible to the Australian and New Zealand markets.

RAM3D was spun out of the research organisation Titanium Industry Development Association (now TiDA) and it reportedly has the biggest Australasian centre for 3D metal printing. RAM3D's new facility allows companies from a range of sectors, including aerospace, defence, consumer and industrial, to explore the benefits of metal additive manufacturing.

‘The additive manufacturing market is on the rise in New Zealand and Australia,’ explained Warwick Downing, managing director of Rapid Advanced Manufacturing. ‘This growth is fuelled by realism, not hype; the enquiries we are getting show a clear understanding of the potential of design for additive manufacturing. This is an encouraging trend. We believe this trend is being driven by industry collaborations that facilitate a better understanding of the technology, such as the one between RAM3D and Renishaw.’

Additive potential

RAM3D is planning to continue its growth and accommodate for 20 metal additive manufacturing systems by the end of 2020. The company says that it is keen to work with a wider range of clients from different industries who want to explore the benefits and potential of metal additive manufacturing.

This story uses material from Renishaw, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.