The AM250 will form part of its existing range of machines at its engineering facility in Texas, USA. Directed Manufacturing supplies production metal parts and complex geometric components to the medical, industrial, aerospace and defence industries.
Renishaw says that the machine has been sourced to respond to the demand from design engineers needing to reduce production lead times and costs. The Renishaw AM250 has a large build chamber, allowing the construction of parts up to 250 x 250 x 360 mm in size, and can use a range of metal powders for part construction. This will allow DMI to supply metal parts in aluminium Al-Si-12, cobalt-chrome (ASTM75), H13 tool steel, inconel 718, inconel 625, stainless steel 316L, stainless steel 17-4PH, titanium CP, Ti-6Al-4V and Ti-6Al-7Nb all using additive manufacturing.
 “We're pleased to add this system to our equipment list and expand our capacity to deliver direct metal part manufacturing services,” said Alex Fima, Directed Manufacturing Inc CEO. “We [...] selected the Renishaw AM250 due to its reputation for building precision Titanium prototypes and parts.”
 Renishaw's additive manufacturing machines use a vacuum chamber that is filled with a controlled atmosphere of inert argon gas. This enables the manufacture of components from highly reactive materials, such as titanium, without the metal powder reacting with oxygen. There is also the potential to run the system with non-reactive materials in an atmosphere of nitrogen gas.