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In additive manufacturing (AM) objects are formed, not by removing material, but by forming the desired shape in a layer-by-layer process. This way of producing a shape has many benefits over the subtractive techniques, but without doubt, the biggest benefit is the ability to produce almost any desired shape. And this design freedom also applies to internal features, allowing advances in areas such as light-weighting for aerospace, internal cooling channels for automotive and designed-in porosity for medical implants.

CMM machines are a vital part of the modern manufacturing process across many industries; from aerospace, automotive and motorsport through to energy and nuclear. However, one important component is often forgotten, a component that can significantly increase the CMMs capability and accuracy while reducing inspection times – the rotary table.


The Nuclear AMRC has taken delivery of a Leitz PMM-C 12.10.7, an ultra-high precision co-ordinate measuring machine that offers sub-micron resolution on large parts and samples AMRC.

The standards for flexibility and productivity in manufacturing continue to rise. On top of this, new versions and models are always increasing the complexity of the processes, especially in the automotive industry. Yet even under these challenging conditions, companies must still meet high quality standards to avoid defects and expensive recalls. Capturing and evaluating measuring data collected off-line, in-line and at-line enables companies to take on these challenges.

The world of motor racing is highly competitive and one of the keys to success is to manage and optimise the balance of the race car.   Mantracourt, a specialist in high precision measurement electronics, has been working with the Sébastien Loeb Racing (SLR) team to supply a weighing system that would give their cars a competitive advantage.

Rotork, the market leading actuator manufacturer and flow control company, works closely with companies in the oil and gas, water and waste water, power, marine, mining, food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries across the globe. Rotork’s products and services are used throughout the world to improve process efficiency, assure safety, and protect the environment.

ISO/TS 16949, based on the quality standard ISO9001 was first introduced for the automotive industry in 1999 and since its first publication it has been regarded as a ‘must-have’ for companies engaged in design/development and manufacture in the automotive industry.

The development of Aberlink’s Xtreme CMM was prompted by the growing trend for component inspection being performed at the point of manufacture, as well as by the increasing requirement for machine operators to measure parts within the cycle time of their machine tools.

The University of Huddersfield’s Centre for Precision Technologies (CPT) is widely acknowledged as a leading centre for research into precision engineering, metrology and machine tool performance. The CPT carries out research into technical problems in the field of machine tool accuracy and performance for companies such as Machine Tool Technologies Ltd (MTT).

Having built its reputation in high-volume precision pressing, Quality Engineered Products (QEP) took the decision eight years ago to move into the competitive world of subcontract precision machining. The company, based in Cinderford (UK), started out with vertical machining centres and CNC lathes. Then, in 2015, a major investment in state-of-the-art machine tools provided the opportunity to fully exploit technology and make significant gains.

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