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Renishaw reveals plans for 3D print machine production at Miskin

17 October 2012

Renishaw has announced that, from January 2013, it will begin production of its Additive Manufacturing (AM) machine range at Miskin, South Wales.

The newly equipped machine shop at Miskin
The newly equipped machine shop at Miskin

The Renishaw Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology is a process that uses a high powered laser to fuse fine metallic powders into 3D objects, direct from 3D computer aided design (CAD) data. The metallic powder is distributed evenly across the build plate in layer thicknesses ranging from 20 to 100 microns forming the 2D cross section. The layer of powder is then fused using the laser in a tightly controlled atmosphere. The process is repeated, building up parts of complex geometries.

One recent customer for a Renishaw AM 250 machine is Swansea University. The system will be used by a new “Aerospace & Manufacturing” multidisciplinary research team within the University’s College of Engineering including the ASTUTE (Advanced Sustainable Manufacturing Technologies) project, a pan-Wales joint initiative part-funded by the EU’s Convergence European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. The aim of the project is to promote growth within the manufacturing industry in West Wales and the Valleys by adopting more advanced technologies. 

Renishaw purchased the 193 acre Miskin site from Robert Bosch in September 2011 at a cost of £7.7m. Currently the site is making metal components for a range of the company's precision measurement systems. It was formally opened on October 10 2012 by Wales first minister, Carwyn Jones.

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