(l to r) Marc Dimter and Ralph Mayer, LBC, and Rainer Lotz, Renishaw GmbH.
(l to r) Marc Dimter and Ralph Mayer, LBC, and Rainer Lotz, Renishaw GmbH.

The deal will also allow Renishaw to offer additional AM services, including design and simulation, and the contract manufacture of metal prototypes and production parts. A new business, LBC Engineering, has been created which will be integrated within Renishaw GmbH. 

“Through this acquisition the Renishaw Group has gained excellent additional skills and experience, which will allow us to further develop our additive manufacturing business for a wide range of applications,” said Rainer Lotz, MD of Renishaw GmbH. “The customers for our laser melting machines will benefit from this additional expertise, allowing them to quickly integrate this exciting new technology, with its many benefits, into their everyday processes.”

LBC Laser Bearbeitungs Center GmbH was established in 2002 as a service provider for laser inscription and 3D laser engraving, and is a pioneer in the field of metal-based additive manufacturing. The company has mainly focused on the additive manufacture of conformally cooled mould tools and tool inserts for injection moulding and die-casting applications. An important part of the service offered includes component design and simulation to maximise the economic benefits of the laser-melted inserts. Laser melting is an AM process capable of producing fully dense metal parts direct from 3D CAD using a high-powered laser. Parts are built from a range of fine metal powders that are fully melted in a tightly controlled atmosphere layer-by-layer.

“Through the new relationship with Renishaw, we can drive this new technology forward together and specifically focus on meeting increased customer demands for stable processes and industrial use of additive manufacturing machines,” said Ralph Mayer and Marc Dimter, executive shareholders of LBC Laser Bearbeitungs Center GmbH. “Renishaw offers extensive technological knowledge and highly effective research and development from which our existing customers will also benefit.”