Renishaw acquisition(l to r) Marc Dimter and Ralph Mayer, LBC, and Rainer Lotz, Renishaw GmbH
A new business, LBC Engineering, has been created which will be integrated within Renishaw, a global company operating in the fields of metrology, healthcare and additive manufacturing.
As the acquired party is already a leader in the supply of laser melting systems, the agreement will allow Renishaw to offer additional additive manufacturing services, including design and simulation, and the contract manufacture of metal prototypes and production parts.
LBC Engineering will comprise of former employees of LBC Laser Bearbeitungs Center GmbH, which will continue to offer services to its existing customers. The new business will be fully integrated within Renishaw GmbH at its offices in Pliezhausen, south-west Germany.
Rainer Lotz, Managing Director of Renishaw GmbH, said: "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.
"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 recognised 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 additive manufacturing 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. The process gives designers more freedom, resulting in structures and shapes, such as conformal cooling channels, that would otherwise be constrained by conventional ‘subtractive' processes, or the tooling requirements of volume production.
Renishaw offers extensive technological knowledge and highly effective research and development from which our existing customers will also benefit.