24 Jul 2024

ADDiVAL selects Renishaw’s RenAM 500Q Ultra system to boost its additive manufacturing processes

Additive Manufacturing

ADDiVAL, the emerging specialist in industrial-scale additive manufacturing (AM), based in Barcelona, Spain, has purchased a RenAM 500Q Ultra AM system from global engineering technologies company, Renishaw. The RenAM 500Q Ultra will be used to boost the serial production of metal components, such as its punch, which was developed as a collaboration between the Renishaw and ADDiVAL.

The patented punch is designed primarily for the tube bending and manufacturing industry, although it can also be adapted to other processes, such as sheet stamping. “Our output is between 100 and 120 punches per month,” said Borja Batlle, Director of ADDiVAL. “The punch meets industry standards of surface hardness (60 HRC), and it also includes heat treatment, anti-wear surface treatment and machining,” Batlle explains.

TEMPUS technology had a large part to play in ADDiVAL’s choice of Renishaw’s additive manufacturing solution. “This technology allows the lasers to start work on manufacturing while the wiper supplies and positions each layer of powder, thereby increasing productivity and reducing the manufacturing cost per part,” said Marc Gardon, AM Applications Manager at Renishaw.

With TEMPUS technology, Renishaw, the UK-based multinational specialist in systems for intelligent manufacturing, measuring and additive manufacturing successfully solved an inefficiency in the traditional laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) production process. This was a key factor in ADDiVAL’s decision to select Renishaw additive manufacturing technology to produce its punch, having tested other solutions, such as binder jetting, which had not achieved the efficiencies they were seeking.

The two companies announced their partnership during their appearance at the BIEMH (Bienal Internacional de Máquina-Herramienta – the International Machine Tool Biennial), which took place in Bilbao (Spain) from 3 to 7 June 2024.