The companies have entered into a joint development collaboration to increase AM quality and efficiency, according to Renishaw.
The companies have entered into a joint development collaboration to increase AM quality and efficiency, according to Renishaw.

The Digital Manufacturing Centre (DMC), a metal and polymer additive manufacturing (AM) production facility based in the UK, has acquired two Renishaw RenAM 500Q 3D printing machines.

The companies have also entered into a joint development collaboration to increase AM quality and efficiency, according to Renishaw.

‘Offering the service of being a technology partner to our clients means that we [the Digital Manufacturing Centre] have to be armed with state-of-the-art, innovative additive manufacturing methods and machinery, and learnings within that to ensure we're constantly offering the best technologies,’ said Kieron Salter, Digital Manufacturing Centre CEO. ‘The decision to forge a close collaboration with Renishaw and purchase two RenAM 500Q machines was a natural step to offer our clients all of these things, while benefitting from the support of a local manufacturing supplier.’

The RenAM 500Q machine reportedly has a larger than normal metal AM build volume (250 mm x 250 mm x 350 mm) and four high-power 500 W lasers that can access the entire powder bed surface simultaneously. This provides a four-time higher build rate compared to single-laser systems, which means faster builds and reduced costs per part, Renishaw said. The RenAM 500Q machines are also fitted with a gas flow system that removes process emissions from the build volume.

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.