Sep 15, 2017 | By Benedict

Engineering and IT services company Infosys and additive manufacturing specialist Renishaw have partnered to offer an end-to-end product development service that utilizes metal 3D printing. The partnership will span Europe, Asia, and North America.

Metal 3D printed spider bracket made by Renishaw

People in the manufacturing business know that additive manufacturing isn’t just a new way to fabricate existing products—it’s a process that encourages the complete redesign of certain components in order to reduce their weight, improve their strength, and heighten their performance.

That’s why British 3D printing specialist Renishaw has partnered with India-headquartered Infosys to develop an “end-to-end product development service” that uses metal additive manufacturing processes to deliver new and revamped products for clients. The service will be used for volume production of end-use metal parts.

The workload for the new service will be split evenly between the two partners. Infosys will apply its “efficient engineering processes” and design expertise to manage product development projects from concept through to launch. Renishaw will support Infosys using its global network of “Additive Manufacturing Solutions Centres,” providing engineering expertise, post-processing capability, and metrology.

The companies suggest the new 3D printing service could be relevant to customers in aerospace, medical, automotive, oil & gas, mould & die, and consumer products.

“Additive manufacturing enables us to design and make innovative products with spectacular gains in performance and efficiency,” said Sudip Singh, Global Head of Engineering Service at Infosys. “Infosys has developed a rich knowledge base of AM design best practices, coupled with powerful design tools to analyze and optimize product designs, so that we can take full advantage of the flexibility that AM offers.”

Singh’s company, a world-leading Engineering and IT services firm, provides end-to-end product development and sustenance services—concept/preliminary/detailed design, design, analysis, optimization, design for manufacturing, product costing—to clients in many industries around the world. As part of its mission to compete in the Industry 4.0 market, it is now turning more and more towards additive manufacturing, as evidenced by this new partnership.

Marc Saunders, Renishaw's Director of Global Solutions Centres

Renishaw’s role in the partnership is also significant. The company’s network of Solutions Centres, located across Europe, North America, and Asia, aims to help other companies shorten and simplify the assessment process required to understand the potential benefits of adopting a new additive-centric production process. The Solution Centres, equipped with machinery, facilities, and experts, provide a “confidential development environment” in which businesses can explore the benefits of additive manufacturing. 

And the company is serious about the confidentiality part. Clients utilizing a Solution Centre get access to “Incubator Cells,” private development facilities containing 3D printing equipment and all ancillary equipment needed to “set-up, build, and refine a new product design.” Operators and applications engineers are always on hand for technical assistance, while the Centres also provide machining, finishing, treatment, and metrology options.

“Whilst additive manufacturing can create complex geometries in a single process step, some level of finishing is generally required to produce functional products,” commented Marc Saunders, Director of Global Solutions Centres at Renishaw. “Renishaw's knowledge of metrology, machining, and finishing processes can help customers to develop an integrated manufacturing solution for their innovative new product.”

At present, the partnership will span operations in in Europe, Asia, and North America.

 

 

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