To increase efficiency and productivity for users of the RenAM 500 series of metal 3D printers, Renishaw partners with software provider Materialise so that its system users can benefit from Materialise’s next-generation build processor software.

They will also have access to Magics, Materialise’s data and build preparation software. This will enable users of Renishaw’s AM systems to build a seamless workflow from design to 3D-printed part, control and customize their 3D printing process, reduce production time, and increase the efficiency of their AM operations.

Despite its wide use, laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) can be challenging for inexperienced users, so additional training may be required to get the most from the technology. Software allows manufacturers to unlock the full potential of the technology by optimizing the 3D printing process and streamlining the workflow.

Working with Materialise enables us to support Renishaw users deploying 3D printing in a host of different manufacturing applications,” said Matt Parkes, AM Strategic Development Manager at Renishaw. “Their next-generation build processors, in combination with their software portfolio, complement our recent technology updates. We’re pleased to be collaborating on the tools needed to support the industry as metal 3D printing becomes an essential piece of the manufacturing puzzle.”

Build processors link 3D printers with data preparation software, streamlining the additive manufacturing process from design to print. Materialise’s next-generation build processor complements Renishaw’s recently launched TEMPUS™ technology. This new scanning algorithm for Renishaw’s RenAM 500 series of AM machines allows the laser to fire while the recoater moves, saving up to nine seconds per build layer without reducing part quality. With this advancement, part build time can be cut by up to 50 percent. Materialise’s next-generation build processor software handles data consistently and speeds up data processing of complex geometries and high volumes of parts. Additionally, the new build processor for Renishaw AM systems enables dedicated print parameters at the part level for increased productivity and optimized quality, making it a viable solution for the volume production of different or identical parts, a press release explains.

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