TÜV SÜD certification is an electrical safety standard valid in the United States and Canadian markets and is often mandatory for many institutions. The certification attests that Renishaw's AM250 laser melting machine can be implemented in a manufacturing environment without the complications, cost and uncertainty of any additional testing or field inspections. For core manufacturing industries like automotive, aerospace or electronics, TÜV SÜD certification is essential, Renishaw says.

Renishaw says that this new certification will help 3D printing evolve from being considered an emerging technology, reserved for design and testing, into a mainstream manufacturing tool.

“There are a huge number of myths surrounding 3D printing and additive manufacturing technologies,” said Mark Kirby, business manager for additive products in Canada. “This is partly the result of mainstream media misrepresentation but also partially because of unfulfilled expectations. This kind of certification helps prove that we are able to clearly communicate the manufacturing benefits to our clients and then deliver on them.