Renishaw, a manufacturer of advanced metal additive manufacturing (AM) systems, has opened an Additive Manufacturing Demonstration Center in Newbury Park, California. Working in collaboration with Ibex Engineering, the Demonstration Center is situated within Ibex’s headquarters and allows visitors to explore, interact with, and use Renishaw’s latest metal additive manufacturing systems.
The center will be equipped to print high-precision titanium (Ti64Al4V) parts on Renishaw’s RenAM 500 series of laser-powder-bed-fusion AM systems. Made for industrial production applications, the RenAM 500 series allows for automatic powder sieving and recirculation within the compact system, reducing the need for manual handling and exposure to materials.
To provide a complete picture of the metal additive manufacturing process, the center will also feature ancillary elements such as wet downdraft, heat treatment, support, machining and inspection technology, and part removal equipment. These components work in concert with the AM system to ensure parts are printed and finished to specifications.
Also available at the site are InfiniAM Central software showcasing AM production reporting functionality and QuantAM build preparation software which allows visitors to work through the development of an AM machine build file, including material parameter development.
Stephen Anderson (AM business development manager, Renishaw USA) stated, “It’s fantastic to be able to place a metal additive manufacturing production cell within Ibex. Not only does it allow us to showcase our latest technologies, but partnering with Ibex provides us access to an expert manufacturer of precision staging equipment who will utilize the technology to develop innovative products and drive metal AM into new markets and even wider adoption.”
Ibex Engineering CEO Andre Perrin said, “We have been a user of Renishaw’s high precision encoder systems in our products for many years and have a close working relationship. They understand manufacturers and manufacturing, the importance of quality, reliability, and most importantly, service. We are very excited about Renishaw’s approach to metal additive manufacturing and their vision to develop high precision, repeatable machines capable of serial production of parts. We look forward to developing new AM parts for our business and to sharing our knowledge with Renishaw’s visitors.”
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Chicago – Hannover Fairs USA officials announce that GE Ventures will sponsor Innovations Day at Hannover Messe USA 2018. Karen Kerr, executive managing director of GE Ventures, will kick off Innovations Day with a presentation of the 2018 GE Ventures New Industrial Report on Thursday, Sept. 13 in the Solutions Theater on the show floor. Kerr will share GE Ventures unique outlook for investing in the New Industrial segment with a focus on frontier technologies such as robotics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, 3D printing, cybersecurity, blockchain and predictive maintenance.
“Hannover Messe is the world’s foremost showcase for Industry 4.0,” Kerr says. “GE Ventures is excited to support bringing the Messe to North America and to showcase our new industrial portfolio companies that are reinventing global manufacturing with advanced technologies and new business models.”
GE Ventures invests broadly in the New Industrial segment in ways that will improve the design, manufacturing, delivery, and operation of products. The company invests in both early-stage and growth-stage companies with a particular interest in how energy intersects with manufacturing, mobility and smart environments.
“We are proud and excited to partner with GE Ventures in the new Solutions Theater at Hannover Messe USA to showcase how GE Ventures investment strategy is propelling manufacturing forward,” says Adrienne Zepeda, show manager of Industrial Events at Hannover Fairs USA.
Other highlights of Innovations Day include a presentation by GE Ventures portfolio company Xometry, the largest on-demand manufacturing platform that is transforming custom manufacturing through its proprietary software platform. GE Ventures also will host an additive manufacturing panel discussion, featuring thought leaders focused on the latest innovations in 3D printing for the industrial sector.
Also during Innovations Day, GE Ventures, and Sente will host a pitch showcase for early-stage startup companies focused on digital factory technologies, such as Industrial Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, robotics, augmented and virtual reality, blockchain, and similar leading-edge innovations. The pitch showcase provides select startups with a unique opportunity to showcase their innovations to potential customers, key investors, and the media attending the trade show. Participating startups will be selected by GE Ventures, Sente, and the Hannover Fairs USA team.
“Entrepreneurs need more than capital. They need strategic partners that can provide access to potential customers, expertise, intellectual property and much more,” Kerr says. “Innovations Day at Hannover Messe USA will showcase how GE Ventures is investing in the industrial revolution and supporting the creation of new products and services.”