The Renishaw AM250 will enable the university's School of Engineering to adopt a more holistic approach to manufacturing. The metal 3D printing machine allows the construction of fully dense and complex metal parts and structures. These otherwise impossible parts can be applied to many purposes including the production of quality prototypes and one-off high value parts for bio-compatible orthopaedic implants.
Renishaw’s additive manufacturing technology is a digitally driven process that uses a high powered ytterbium fibre laser to fuse fine metallic powders into 3D objects. The metallic powder is distributed evenly across the build plate and can produce a layer thicknesses ranging between 20 to 100 microns.
Professor Rossi Setchi, responsible for high value manufacturing, said: “This equipment combined with our pioneering expertise will advance R&D in the additive manufacturing field as well as enabling research and development in a very wide range fields from advanced manufacturing through healthcare to energy.”
Simon Scott, Director and General Manager of Renishaw’s Additive Manufacturing Products Division said, “Renishaw is delighted that Cardiff have chosen Renishaw additive manufacturing technology to accompany the already very extensive facilities. As with many new and disruptive technologies it is the collaborative relationship that fosters and supports the breakthroughs that lead to wider adoption and we are looking forward to a strong partnership to support this goal.”