HiETA Excited to Take Delivery of Renishaw RenAM 500Q Machine
HiETA Technologies was pleased to take delivery this week of their first Renishaw RenAM 500Q. The state-of-the-art four-laser powder bed fusion metal additive manufacturing machine is being operated by HiETA under the MAMVA (Maturing Additive Manufacturing for Volume Automotive) project supported by Innovate UK.
HiETA Technologies and Renishaw are collaborating to develop optimised process parameters and scanning strategies to take full advantage of the multi-laser machine. Besides the additional lasers, the 500Q machine features intelligent gas flow and optimised laser optics featuring an additively manufactured galvo mounting with internal conformal cooling for enhanced stability. In the MAMVA project, the machine process capability will be demonstrated ahead of an anticipated ramp-up in production to support the supply of parts to the automotive industry.
This particular machine is loaded with Inconel 625 material to underpin the future supply of components such as recuperators for micro-gas turbines for range-extended electric vehicles. Previous work has shown that the 500Q is able to build aluminium heat exchanger components up-to six times faster than the equivalent single laser machine. This is as a result of the combination of the four lasers and parameters optimised to take advantage of the latest generation in digital galvanometer control of the lasers and intelligent gas-flow.
Further Renishaw RenAM 500Q machines are expected to be installed at HiETA’s Technology Centre this year to support a ramp-up in production activity. The additional productivity of the Renishaw RenAM 500Q machine means that a substantial production ramp-up can be realised from the existing footprint of the facility.
If you are interested to understand how your products could benefit from HiETA expertise in light weighting and thermal management applied to the latest generation of multi-laser powder bed fusion additive manufacturing technologies, please contact us.