Renishaw Canada recently held the official opening of their Additive Manufacturing (AM) Solution Centre located in Kitchener, Ontario. The goal of the AM Solution Centre is to help manufacturers and design engineers understand how they can use AM technology in a traditional manufacturing facility. The event features the latest developments in the processes, applications, materials and specifications unique to AM.
“The event was fun and informative,” said Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes. “Renishaw’s metrology expertise combined with their additive manufacturing technology was very impressive to see first hand, Canada is lucky to have this AM solution centre.”
Mark Kirby, Additive Manufacturing Business Manager at Renishaw Canada, said “I’m pleased for Canada that we are the first Renishaw Solutions Centre to open in North America, with a multi-million dollar investment in advanced manufacturing equipment. Equally I’m proud to be part of an experienced and skilled team inside the Centre enabling adoption and development of additive manufacturing in a de-risked, best practise environment.”
Renishaw’s Additive Manufacturing (AM) Solution Centres
Renishaw designs and manufactures advanced metal additive manufacturing systems in-house and is an experienced user of additive manufacturing in its own product development. The company works closely with industry to help lower the entry barriers to additive manufacturing via its international network of Solutions Centres. Here companies who are considering adopting AM as a production process can gain hands-on experience with the technology and understand how it may best fit into their own manufacturing chains. Renishaw has Solutions Centres operating in Canada, the United Kingdom, India and Shanghai with Chicago and further centres opening later this year.
Renishaw is one of the world’s leading engineering and scientific technology companies, with expertise in precision measurement and healthcare. The company supplies products and services used in applications as diverse as jet engine and wind turbine manufacture, through to dentistry and brain surgery. It is also a world leader in the field of additive manufacturing (also referred to as 3D printing), where it is the only UK business that designs and makes industrial machines which ‘print’ parts from metal powder.
The Renishaw Group currently has more than 70 offices in 33 countries, with over 4,000 employees, of which 2,600 people are employed within the UK. The majority of the company’s R&D and manufacturing is carried out in the UK and for the year ended June 2015 Renishaw achieved sales of £494.7 million of which 95% was due to exports. The company’s largest markets are the USA, China, Germany and Japan.