Equator offers a radical alternative to traditional gauging systems, rapidly collecting thousands of data points which can then be used for the comparative measurement of high-volume manufactured parts. Replacing manual measurement with an automated Equator gauging system can greatly increase throughput and reduce scrap rates, at a fraction of the cost of an equivalent custom gauging system.
Renishaw's AM250 laser melting machine utilises a pioneering, 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.
Also on show will be Renishaw's PH20 5-axis probe for co-ordinate measuring machines (CMMs). The PH20 increases touch-trigger CMM throughput up to three times, using fast, infinite, rotary positioning and unique "head touch" capability for high-speed point capture with minimal CMM movement. It uses two-axes of head motion to minimise CMM movement and associated dynamic errors at higher measurement speeds, whilst its unique "inferred calibration" feature eliminates the need for calibration at each orientation.
Visitors to Aero Engineering will also be able to see the QC20-W ballbar, which is the first calibration tool to allow testing of CNC machine tools in 3 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, with the added convenience of wireless operation. AxiSet Check-Up is a complementary cost-effective tool for checking the alignment and positioning performance of rotary axes. In just a few minutes, users of five-axis machining centres and multi-tasking mill-turn machines can identify and report on poor machine alignments and geometry that can cause extended process setting times, as well as non-conforming parts.