Renishaw, Altair partner for automotive 3D printing

Renishaw, Altair partner for automotive 3D printing

Design software experts, 3D metal printing producer to collaborate on research projects, customer training.


West Dundee, Illinois – Quality/metrology and 3D printing company Renishaw is partnering with software company Altair for a series of projects aimed at bringing AM into serial end use production.

Stephen Anderson, Additive Manufacturing (AM) business development manager of Renishaw Inc., says combining Altair’s simulation-driven design software with Renishaw’s AM systems “will give practical insights that will lead to innovative improvements.”

According to David Coates, senior program manager at Altair, “Working closely with Renishaw benefits the development and application of our software to optimize designs for functionality as well as for printability, accuracy, and suitability for its designated purpose.”

He adds that the collaboration should improve AM print cycles and lower scrap rates.

Renishaw and Altair have worked together for years on projects such as:

  • A Robot Bike Co. frame uniquely customized for every rider
  • A spider bracket for architectural glass panels
  • A pivoting bell crank for the suspension system of a race car

The two companies will offer joint seminars, workshops, and training events to customers that practically demonstrate metal AM production from powder to part, with emphasis placed on throughput and machine productivity.

In addition, customers can engage in AM design projects with Altair to develop designs ideally suited for function and printability on the Renishaw series of printers. Similarly, customers wishing to use Renishaw Solutions Centers to design and test out the manufacturing of metal AM parts, can rely on Altair software and expertise to help get the job done.

“We are collaborating on customer-focused productivity projects, particularly in the automotive sector, which will lead to significant improvement in part volumes and lower costs per part,” Anderson stated.