Renishaw is developing a machine specifically for production manufacturing, provisionally named EVO Project. The company says this new machine is designed for single material industrial production. Powder handling is almost entirely hands off, whilst powder recirculation, recycling and recovery are all carried out within the inert atmosphere of the system, protecting both the user and the integrity of the material.
The EVO Project machine incorporates a high power 500W laser, which it’s claimed will aid productivity whilst still maintaining precision and surface finish. The new machine is planned to be available in the second-half of 2015 and is designed to complement not replace the current Renishaw AM250 system.