Renishaw will be exhibiting a range of its manufacturing products at Advanced Engineering 2013 from 12–13 November. In the Aero Engineering section of hall 5, the Company will be showing technologies that enable the rapid measurement of blades, additive manufacturing systems, and machine tool calibration systems.
In hall 5, stand B8, Renishaw will be exhibiting a developing family of high-performance hardware and software products for co-ordinate measuring machines that are specifically designed to aid the measurement and manufacturing of aerospace blades. All products complement the multi-award winning REVO 5-axis measurement system and include APEXBlade planning software for REVO sweep scanning and DMIS programming, MODUS airfoil analysis for the calculation and reporting of blade section profile and airfoil characteristics, and SurfitBlade to aid reverse engineering of the complete airfoil.
Also on show will be Renishaw’s contact scanning system that opens up completely new process control opportunities for high-value CNC machine tools. The SPRINT system incorporates a new generation of on-machine analogue scanning technology that will deliver a step-change in the benefits of process control, enabling fast and accurate form and profile data capture from both prismatic and complex 3D components.
For blade manufacture, the SPRINT system provides unprecedented capability for blade tip refurbishment and root blending applications. For multi-task machining applications, the SPRINT machine tool scanning system offers users completely new process control capabilities, including exceptionally repeatable diameter measurement cycles.
Visitors will also have the chance to see Renishaw’s additive manufacturing systems, which utilise an additive manufacturing process capable of producing fully dense metal parts direct from 3D CAD, using a high-powered fibre laser. Parts are built from a range of fine metal powders that are fully melted in a tightly controlled atmosphere, in layer thicknesses ranging from 20 to 100 microns.
Renishaw will also exhibit the QC20-W wireless ballbar system which assesses machine tool positioning and servo control performance, and includes a volumetric testing capability.
In addition to the convenience of wireless operation, the QC20-W telescoping ballbar is the first calibration tool to allow testing in three orthogonal planes through a single reference point. A single, simple hardware set up means quicker testing and the ability to produce a representative volumetric measurement of positioning accuracy.
More information on Renishaw products can be found at www.renishaw.com, or visit the company in the Aero Engineering section of hall 5 at Advanced Engineering 2013.