Renishaw and BAE to collaborate on 3-D printing

Posted on 23 Feb 2020 and read 630 times
Renishaw and BAE to collaborate on 3-D printingGloucestershire-based Renishaw (www.renishaw.com) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work with BAE Systems on the development of an additive-manufacturing (AM) capability for the defence and aerospace sector, designed to help improve performance, reduce costs and speed up manufacturing processes on future combat aircraft — as well as opening up opportunities for joint R&D.

BAE Systems’ Samlesbury site in Lancashire is already home to several Renishaw AM machines in a New Product Development & Process Development Centre, where the latest emerging technologies and processes such as AM and virtual reality are explored and tested for application into aircraft design and manufacture.

BAE Systems (www.baesystems.com) began research into additive manufacturing more than two decades ago and is currently using the technology to make components for the Typhoon fighter aircraft.

Andy Schofield, BAE Systems’ technology director, said: “Renishaw is a world leader in additive manufacturing, and we have been impressed with the quality of parts produced on its machines. This agreement allows us to create a more open and collaborative environment to share ideas and knowledge.

"In an environment of fast-developing technology and challenged budgets, collaboration and innovation are absolutely essential in order to retain cutting-edge capability.

"I’m really excited by the potential of this partnership to help us deliver that.”

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