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1.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING USING MACHINE TOOLS AND WIRELESS MEASUREMENT PROBES

      
Application Number GB2023053006
Publication Number 2024/105404
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-11-16
Publication Date 2024-05-23
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Styles, John, Anthony
  • Gray, Michael, Philip

Abstract

An industrial manufacturing system is described that comprises multiple machine tools (50a-50d; 102) and one or more measurement probes (54a-54d; 120) for mounting on the machine tools (50a-50d; 102). The system includes an industrial communications network (100) that is interfaced to the machine tool controller (52a-52d; 118) of each machine tool (50a-50d; 102) and a cellular radio network (60; 106) having a plurality of cellular base stations (62a-62c; 110) for wireless communication with a radio transceiver of each measurement probe (54a-54d; 120). A cellular locating unit (66; 108) is provided for calculating a cellular location of the radio transceiver of each measurement probe (54a-54d; 120) and a measurement control unit (70; 122) uses the calculated cellular location of each measurement probe (54a-54d; 120) to determine which machine tool (50a-50d; 102) that measurement probe (54a-54d; 120) is mounted on. The measurement control unit (70; 122) thus enables the measurement data from each measurement probe (54a-54d; 120) to be used with corresponding machine position data from the machine tool (50a-50d; 102) on which it is mounted. A method of operation of such an industrial manufacturing system is also described.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G05B 19/418 - Total factory control, i.e. centrally controlling a plurality of machines, e.g. direct or distributed numerical control (DNC), flexible manufacturing systems (FMS), integrated manufacturing systems (IMS), computer integrated manufacturing (CIM)

2.

ENCODER APPARATUS

      
Application Number GB2023052299
Publication Number 2024/052669
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-09-06
Publication Date 2024-03-14
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Fisher, Harrison, Clinton
  • Gordon-Ingram, Iain, Robert

Abstract

A readhead (4) is described that can read an encoder scale (6;50) having a series of scale markings (10; 52) arranged in a generally periodic pattern and embedded scale features (10) that encode absolute position information. The readhead (4) includes an image sensor (20) for capturing a snapshot image of a portion of the encoder scale and a position analyser (24) for determining a position (P) of the readhead (4) relative to the encoder scale (6;50) from the captured snapshot image. An absolute position extractor (92) extracts absolute position information (A) from the embedded scale features present in the snapshot image. An incremental position extractor (94) generates a global phase value (Φ) describing incremental position by analysis of the generally periodic pattern of scale markings (10;52) present in the snapshot image. The incremental position extractor (94) is configured to apply an error correction when calculating the global phase value (Φ) to account for variations in the contribution to the calculated global phase value (Φ) from different sensor elements of the image sensor (20). Encoder apparatus comprising a combination of the readhead (4) and the associated encoder scale (6;50) is also described.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01D 5/244 - Mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member; Means for converting the output of a sensing member to another variable where the form or nature of the sensing member does not constrain the means for converting; Transducers not specially adapted for a specific variable using electric or magnetic means generating pulses or pulse trains
  • G01D 5/245 - Mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member; Means for converting the output of a sensing member to another variable where the form or nature of the sensing member does not constrain the means for converting; Transducers not specially adapted for a specific variable using electric or magnetic means generating pulses or pulse trains using a variable number of pulses in a train
  • G01D 5/347 - Mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member; Means for converting the output of a sensing member to another variable where the form or nature of the sensing member does not constrain the means for converting; Transducers not specially adapted for a specific variable using optical means, i.e. using infrared, visible or ultraviolet light with attenuation or whole or partial obturation of beams of light the beams of light being detected by photocells using displacement encoding scales

3.

LASER POWDER BED FUSION METHODS AND APPARATUS

      
Application Number GB2023052164
Publication Number 2024/042308
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-08-17
Publication Date 2024-02-29
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Dardis, John
  • Brown, Robert, James
  • Mansell, Jonathan

Abstract

A method of aligning the positioning of laser beams in a laser powder bed fusion apparatus. The laser powder bed fusion apparatus comprises a plurality of scanners (106a, 106b, 106c, 106d), each scanner for directing a corresponding laser beam (118a, 118b, 118c, 118d) to different positions on a powder bed (104), an isotropic position sensitive detector (123a, 123b, 123c, 123d) arranged to detect electromagnetic radiation (160) arising from interaction of the laser beams with the powder bed and a movable optical component (121a, 121b, 121c, 121d) for moving a field of view (150c) of the isotropic position sensitive detector to different positions on the powder bed (104). The method comprises positioning the movable optical component (121a, 121b, 121c, 121d) and/or a first scanner of the plurality of scanners (106a, 106b, 106c, 106d) such that a first point irradiated by a first laser beam of the first scanner is within the field of view (150c) of the isotropic position sensitive detector (123a, 123b, 123c, 123d) and recording a first position of an image on the isotropic position sensitive detector (123a, 123b, 123c, 123d) generated during irradiation of the first point by the first laser beam. The method further comprises positioning the movable optical component (121a, 121b, 121c, 121d) and/or a second scanner of the plurality of scanners (106a, 106b, 106c, 106d) such that a second point irradiated by a second laser beam of the second scanner is within the field of view (150c) of the isotropic position sensitive detector (123a, 123b, 123c, 123d) and recording a second position of an image on the isotropic position sensitive detector (123a, 123b, 123c, 123d) generated during irradiation of the second point by the second laser beam. The method further comprises determining an adjustment to be made to positioning of at least one of the plurality of scanners (106a, 106b, 106c, 106d) based on the first and second positions compared to an expected positioning.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B22F 10/31 - Calibration of process steps or apparatus settings, e.g. before or during manufacturing
  • B22F 10/28 - Powder bed fusion, e.g. selective laser melting [SLM] or electron beam melting [EBM]
  • B22F 12/45 - Two or more
  • B22F 12/49 - Scanners
  • B22F 12/90 - Means for process control, e.g. cameras or sensors

4.

INDEXED ARTICULATED JOINT COMPRISING A SENSOR FOR ESTABLISHING A STATE OF ENGAGEMENT AND ASSOCIATED METROLOGY APPARATUS

      
Application Number GB2023052057
Publication Number 2024/033613
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-08-03
Publication Date 2024-02-15
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Butter, Andrew, Geoffrey
  • Hoy, Benjamin, George

Abstract

An apparatus comprising first and second relatively reorientable members and an indexer arrangement which is configured to provide a plurality of angularly indexed lockable positions of the first and second members about a first axis. The indexer arrangement comprises: i) a series of features provided on the first member, said series of features extending annularly around the first axis; and ii) at at least three discrete annularly-spaced locations on the second member, an engagement feature is provided which is configured to intermesh with a subset of said features on the first member when in the locked state thereby providing, at each indexed position, a stable, repeatable relative rest position of the first and second members. The apparatus further comprises at least a first non-contact sensor mounted to the second member, the non-contact sensor being configured to sense a region on the first member and thereby provide a signal dependent on the spatial configuration of the first and second members when in their locked state.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 5/008 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of mechanical techniques for measuring coordinates of points using coordinate measuring machines
  • G01B 21/04 - Measuring arrangements or details thereof, where the measuring technique is not covered by the other groups of this subclass, unspecified or not relevant for measuring length, width, or thickness by measuring coordinates of points
  • B23Q 16/02 - Indexing equipment
  • B23Q 16/08 - Indexing equipment having means for clamping the relatively movable parts together in the indexed position

5.

SCALE

      
Application Number GB2023052079
Publication Number 2024/033621
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-08-07
Publication Date 2024-02-15
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Henshaw, James, Reynolds
  • Evans, Finlay, Jonathan
  • Bramton, George, Frederick

Abstract

A scale arrangement for a measurement encoder, the scale arrangement comprising a scale (202) and a thermal displacement relief structure (212). The thermal displacement relief structure (212) comprising an intermediate member (206) and a first thermal displacement relief layer (204) for attaching the scale (202) to the intermediate member (206). The coefficients of thermal expansion of the intermediate member (206) and the scale (202) conform to the following: -3 × 10-6K-1≤ CTE(intermediate member) − CTE(scale) ≤ 6 × 10-6K-1.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01D 5/244 - Mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member; Means for converting the output of a sensing member to another variable where the form or nature of the sensing member does not constrain the means for converting; Transducers not specially adapted for a specific variable using electric or magnetic means generating pulses or pulse trains
  • G01D 5/347 - Mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member; Means for converting the output of a sensing member to another variable where the form or nature of the sensing member does not constrain the means for converting; Transducers not specially adapted for a specific variable using optical means, i.e. using infrared, visible or ultraviolet light with attenuation or whole or partial obturation of beams of light the beams of light being detected by photocells using displacement encoding scales

6.

COORDINATE POSITIONING MACHINE

      
Application Number EP2023071007
Publication Number 2024/023301
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-07-28
Publication Date 2024-02-01
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Duprez, Julius, Benjamin
  • Grzesiak, Jean-Louis

Abstract

A method of determining an offset of a feature (16) associated with a tool (10) is described, where the offset is defined relative to a first part (3) of a machine (1) to which the tool (10) is coupled. The method is characterised by determining the offset from: (a) values for the position and orientation of the first part (3) relative to a second part (2) of the machine (1) for each of a plurality of sensed states in each of which the feature (16) is in a sensed position; and (b) information relating to where the sensed positions are relative to one another. A particularly beneficial example is disclosed in which the method is used to determine the tool centre point (16) of a measurement probe (10) supported on a robot arm (1) using an artefact (20) placed in the working volume of the robot arm (1).

IPC Classes  ?

7.

COORDINATE POSITIONING MACHINE

      
Application Number EP2023071021
Publication Number 2024/023310
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-07-28
Publication Date 2024-02-01
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Duprez, Julius, Benjamin
  • Grzesiak, Jean-Louis

Abstract

A method is disclosed of recovering a master calibration state of a coordinate positioning machine (1) having a first member (3) that is moveable relative to a second member (2), wherein the geometry of the machine (1) is characterised by a set of model parameters. The machine (1) is controlled to make point contact between multiple reference surfaces (22, 24) of a tool (20) mounted on the first member (3) and multiple reference surfaces (14, 16) of an artefact (10) mounted on the second member (2). The separations between these contacting surfaces (14, 16; 22, 24) that would be expected from the current model parameters are determined, and these separations are recorded as a set of master separations. The contacting step is subsequently performed again in respect of at least some of the contacts for which master separations were recorded. At least one of the model parameters is updated to provide a closer correspondence between the expected separations and the master separations.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B25J 9/16 - Programme controls
  • G01B 5/004 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of mechanical techniques for measuring coordinates of points
  • G01B 21/04 - Measuring arrangements or details thereof, where the measuring technique is not covered by the other groups of this subclass, unspecified or not relevant for measuring length, width, or thickness by measuring coordinates of points

8.

COORDINATE POSITIONING MACHINE

      
Application Number EP2023071017
Publication Number 2024/023306
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-07-28
Publication Date 2024-02-01
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Duprez, Julius, Benjamin
  • Grzesiak, Jean-Louis

Abstract

A method is disclosed of calibrating a coordinate positioning machine (1) having a first member (3) that is moveable relative to a second member (2), wherein the geometry of the machine (1) is characterised by a set of model parameters. The machine (1) is controlled to make point contact between multiple reference surfaces (23, 25) of a tool or artefact (20) mounted on the first member (3) and multiple reference surfaces (15, 17) of an artefact (10) mounted on the second member (2). At least one of the model parameters is updated knowing or taking into account that the actual separations between the relevant surfaces (15, 17; 23, 10 25) are zero when making contact, even if the expected separations between the relevant surfaces (15, 17; 23, 25) as derived from the current model parameters are non-zero.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B25J 9/16 - Programme controls
  • G01B 5/004 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of mechanical techniques for measuring coordinates of points
  • G01B 21/04 - Measuring arrangements or details thereof, where the measuring technique is not covered by the other groups of this subclass, unspecified or not relevant for measuring length, width, or thickness by measuring coordinates of points

9.

AN ULTRASOUND MEASUREMENT DEVICE FOR INDUSTRIAL MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

      
Application Number GB2023051640
Publication Number 2024/003530
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-06-22
Publication Date 2024-01-04
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Toth, Robert
  • Ratford, Christopher, James
  • Ould, John, Charles
  • Handford, Thomas, Phillip

Abstract

An ultrasound measurement device for an industrial measurement apparatus is described. The device includes a base (20) comprising an ultrasound transducer driver (29) and an elongate stem (22) comprising an ultrasound transducer (33). A connector assembly releasably attaches the elongate stem (22) to the base (20). The connector assembly has a first connector portion (28) provided on the base (20) and a second connector portion (36) provided at a proximal end of the elongate stem (22). The first and second connector portions (28,36), when connected, provide mechanical alignment of the elongate stem (22) relative to the base (20) and an electrical connection between the ultrasound transducer (33) and the ultrasound transducer driver (29). The connector assembly also includes a co- axial electrical connector (44, 46) that provides the electrical connection between the ultrasound transducer (33) and the ultrasound transducer driver (29) and also allows the elongate stem (22) to be secured to the base (20) in any rotational orientation about the longitudinal axis (50) of the elongate stem (22). In this manner, a compact arrangement can be provided in which the elongate stem (22) can be easily attached and detached from the base (20).

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 17/02 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of infrasonic, sonic, or ultrasonic vibrations for measuring thickness
  • G01N 29/22 - Investigating or analysing materials by the use of ultrasonic, sonic or infrasonic waves; Visualisation of the interior of objects by transmitting ultrasonic or sonic waves through the object - Details
  • G01N 29/24 - Probes

10.

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING APPARATUS AND METHOD

      
Application Number GB2023051300
Publication Number 2023/227865
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-05-17
Publication Date 2023-11-30
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Jones, Nicholas, Henry, Hannaford
  • Dardis, John
  • Collins, Benjamin, Philip
  • Parker, Eleanor, Rose

Abstract

A method and an additive manufacturing apparatus comprising a device (105) for generating an energy beam (118) for consolidating a build medium (104) and a build chamber (101), the build chamber (101) comprising a build chamber window (107) through which the energy beam (118) may enter the build chamber (101) and a build area where the build medium (104) can be located to be consolidated by the energy beam (118), wherein the additive manufacturing apparatus is configured to monitor process emissions from the build area to detect damage of the build chamber window (107).

IPC Classes  ?

  • B22F 10/28 - Powder bed fusion, e.g. selective laser melting [SLM] or electron beam melting [EBM]
  • B22F 10/85 - Data acquisition or data processing for controlling or regulating additive manufacturing processes
  • B22F 12/41 - Radiation means characterised by the type, e.g. laser or electron beam
  • B22F 12/49 - Scanners
  • B22F 12/90 - Means for process control, e.g. cameras or sensors
  • B33Y 50/02 - Data acquisition or data processing for additive manufacturing for controlling or regulating additive manufacturing processes
  • B33Y 30/00 - ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, i.e. MANUFACTURING OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL [3D] OBJECTS BY ADDITIVE DEPOSITION, ADDITIVE AGGLOMERATION OR ADDITIVE LAYERING, e.g. BY 3D PRINTING, STEREOLITHOGRAPHY OR SELECTIVE LASER SINTERING - Details thereof or accessories therefor

11.

SCAN PARAMETERS AND PROCESS MONITORING FOR POWDER BED FUSION FROM CALIBRATED MELT POOL MODEL

      
Application Number EP2023060362
Publication Number 2023/203169
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-04-20
Publication Date 2023-10-26
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Moore, Andrew John
  • Ross, Alexander, James
  • Bitharas, Iioannis
  • Perkins, Kyle, Graham

Abstract

A method of generating scan parameters for a powder bed fusion additive manufacturing process, the method comprising receiving at least one desired property (105) of a material modified zone, the material modified zone formed by melting material and/or changing a microstructure of the material through an exposure of a powder bed to an energy beam, and determining the scan parameters (106) for the energy beam estimated by a powder bed fusion model to result in a material modified zone having a property corresponding to the at least one desired property (105). The powder bed fusion model may comprise a look-up table or function that associates the at least one property to one or more scan parameters. Generation of the look-up table or function may comprise receiving, for each of a plurality of material modified zones formed by melting material and/or changing a microstructure of the material through exposures of material to an energy beam, a measured or numerically calculated property of the material modified zone, each material modified zone generated using a different set of scan parameters; calibrating parameters of a powder bed fusion model using measured or numerically calculated properties to provide a calibrated powder bed fusion model; and generating the look-up table or function based on the calibrated powder bed fusion model. A powder bed fusion process or apparatus may be checked using a calibrated powder bed fusion model. The powder bed fusion model may include a heat conduction model that uses an equivalent volumetric heat source to model the material modified zone.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B22F 10/28 - Powder bed fusion, e.g. selective laser melting [SLM] or electron beam melting [EBM]
  • B22F 10/36 - Process control of energy beam parameters
  • B22F 10/368 - Temperature or temperature gradient, e.g. temperature of the melt pool
  • B22F 10/85 - Data acquisition or data processing for controlling or regulating additive manufacturing processes
  • B33Y 10/00 - Processes of additive manufacturing
  • B33Y 50/02 - Data acquisition or data processing for additive manufacturing for controlling or regulating additive manufacturing processes

12.

METHOD OF MOUNTING A ROTARY SCALE MEMBER

      
Application Number GB2023050829
Publication Number 2023/187382
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-03-30
Publication Date 2023-10-05
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Carruthers-Watt, Benjamin, Nigel
  • Harrison, Matthew, Damian

Abstract

A method of mounting a rotary scale member on a part, the part being rotatable about an axis of rotation, the rotary scale member comprising a body on which a series of scale features defining a scale that extends around a scale axis is or can be provided. The method comprises: i) mount on the part one or more intermediate scale-positioning members and manipulating the radial configuration thereof until a desired radial configuration with respect to the axis of rotation is achieved; and ii) subsequently fitting the rotary scale member onto the one or more intermediate scale-positioning members, whereby the body of the rotary scale member adopts a default radial location with respect to the one or more intermediate scale-positioning members.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01D 5/244 - Mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member; Means for converting the output of a sensing member to another variable where the form or nature of the sensing member does not constrain the means for converting; Transducers not specially adapted for a specific variable using electric or magnetic means generating pulses or pulse trains

13.

A METHOD FOR DETERMINING A MODE OF MELT POOL FORMATION

      
Application Number GB2022050677
Publication Number 2023/175286
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-03-17
Publication Date 2023-09-21
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Moore, Andrew, John
  • Bitharas, Ioannis

Abstract

A monitoring method for monitoring a melting process comprising receiving sensor values captured with a sensor system measuring a property of a plasma plume generated during formation of a melt pool with an energy beam; and determining a measure of turbulence in the plasma plume from the sensor values.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B22F 10/28 - Powder bed fusion, e.g. selective laser melting [SLM] or electron beam melting [EBM]
  • B22F 10/368 - Temperature or temperature gradient, e.g. temperature of the melt pool
  • B33Y 10/00 - Processes of additive manufacturing
  • B22F 10/85 - Data acquisition or data processing for controlling or regulating additive manufacturing processes
  • B22F 12/90 - Means for process control, e.g. cameras or sensors
  • B33Y 50/02 - Data acquisition or data processing for additive manufacturing for controlling or regulating additive manufacturing processes

14.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CALIBRATION OF AN ARTICULATED ROBOT ARM

      
Application Number EP2023055918
Publication Number 2023/170166
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-03-08
Publication Date 2023-09-14
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor Angood, Stephen, Mark

Abstract

A system for calibrating or otherwise characterising a machine (1), comprising: a launch unit (20) which is operable to launch an optical beam (22) into a working volume of the machine (1); a sensor unit (10) which is moveable by the machine (1) to a plurality of sensor unit positions along the beam (22), and which is operable, for each of the plurality of sensor unit positions, to measure a transverse beam position at a plurality of measurement positions along the beam, with a position of the sensor unit (10) relative to the beam (22) in at least three degrees of freedom being derivable from the measurements; and a processor unit which is operable to use the measurements to calibrate or otherwise characterise the machine (1).

IPC Classes  ?

  • B25J 9/16 - Programme controls
  • G01B 21/04 - Measuring arrangements or details thereof, where the measuring technique is not covered by the other groups of this subclass, unspecified or not relevant for measuring length, width, or thickness by measuring coordinates of points

15.

OPTICAL APPARATUS

      
Application Number GB2023050458
Publication Number 2023/170383
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-03-01
Publication Date 2023-09-14
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor Stimpson, Victor, Gordon

Abstract

An optical apparatus for use with an analytical apparatus arranged to project an analysis beam along an analytical axis towards a sample within a sample chamber. The optical apparatus may comprise a collection optic mounted on an arm, the arm insertable or inserted into the sample chamber through a port in the sample chamber. The arm may be insertable or inserted into the sample chamber to locate the collection optic for directing light scattered or generated from a point on the sample out of the sample chamber. A drive mechanism may be provided for moving the collection optic within the sample chamber in at least two transverse directions. The drive mechanism may be arranged such that, when the arm is inserted into the sample chamber to locate the collection optic for directing the light out of the sample chamber. The drive mechanism may be located external to the sample chamber. The optical apparatus may further comprise a delivery optical train for delivering illumination or excitation light from a light source to the collection optic such that the illumination or excitation light is incident on the sample.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01J 37/02 - Discharge tubes with provision for introducing objects or material to be exposed to the discharge, e.g. for the purpose of examination or processing thereof - Details
  • G01N 23/2254 - Measuring cathodoluminescence
  • H01J 37/244 - Detectors; Associated components or circuits therefor

16.

OPTICAL APPARATUS

      
Application Number GB2023050459
Publication Number 2023/170384
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-03-01
Publication Date 2023-09-14
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Batten, Timothy
  • Bennell, Ian Sean

Abstract

A probe for use with a sample chamber, the probe comprising a probing element mounted on an arm, the arm insertable or inserted into the sample chamber to locate the probing element within the sample chamber, a drive mechanism for moving the arm, and a drive control system. Movement of the arm causes movement of the probing element within the sample chamber. The drive control system is for limiting movement of the arm to a specified range, the drive control system programmable to adjust the specified range.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01J 37/20 - Means for supporting or positioning the object or the material; Means for adjusting diaphragms or lenses associated with the support
  • G01J 3/44 - Raman spectrometry; Scattering spectrometry
  • G01N 21/65 - Raman scattering
  • G01R 1/06 - Measuring leads; Measuring probes

17.

OPTICAL APPARATUS

      
Application Number GB2023050460
Publication Number 2023/170385
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-03-01
Publication Date 2023-09-14
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Stimpson, Victor Gordon
  • Parker, James Roderick
  • Herding, Francis
  • Hazell, Ruth Alice

Abstract

An optical apparatus for use with an analytical apparatus arranged to project an analysis beam along an analytical axis towards a sample within a sample chamber. The optical apparatus may comprise at least two collection optics mounted on an arm, the arm insertable or inserted into the sample chamber through a port in the sample chamber. A sealing element may be provided for sealing the port, the sealing element comprising a window. The arm may be insertable or inserted into the sample chamber to locate the at least two collection optics for separately directing light scattered or generated from a point on the sample out of the window.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01J 37/02 - Discharge tubes with provision for introducing objects or material to be exposed to the discharge, e.g. for the purpose of examination or processing thereof - Details
  • G01N 23/2254 - Measuring cathodoluminescence
  • H01J 37/244 - Detectors; Associated components or circuits therefor

18.

AN ULTRASOUND INSPECTION PROBE FOR A MACHINE TOOL

      
Application Number GB2023050254
Publication Number 2023/152473
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-02-06
Publication Date 2023-08-17
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Ould, John, Charles
  • Handford, Thomas, Phillip
  • Toth, Robert

Abstract

An ultrasound inspection probe (1) for a machine tool is described that includes a probe body and an elongate member (40;98) that extends from the probe body (60; 96) and has a datum surface (44;106) for contacting an object (34;50) to be inspected. The probe also includes an ultrasound transducer (28; 112) and an ultrasound coupling assembly (20; 110) for acoustically coupling the ultrasound transducer (28; 112) to the object (34) to be inspected. The ultrasound coupling assembly (20;110) comprises a carrier shell (24;115) containing an ultrasound coupling element (22;114) having a transducer-contacting face (26;118) coupled to the ultrasound transducer and an object-contacting face (32;116) for acoustically coupling to the object (34) to be inspected. A bearing mechanism (90,92; 113,130) movably attaches the ultrasound transducer (28;112) and the ultrasound coupling assembly (20; 110) to the elongate member (40;98) allowing movement between an extended position in which the object-contacting face (32;116) of the ultrasound coupling element (22;114) extends beyond the datum surface (44;106) and a measurement position in which the object-contacting face (32;116) of the ultrasound coupling element (22;114) is substantially flush with the datum surface (44;106). The bearing mechanism (90,92; 113,120) is configured to guide the ultrasound transducer along a linear axis of the elongate member such that the ultrasound transducer maintains a substantially invariant orientation relative to the surface normal of the datum surface (44;106).

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 17/02 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of infrasonic, sonic, or ultrasonic vibrations for measuring thickness
  • G01S 7/521 - Constructional features
  • G01S 15/88 - Sonar systems specially adapted for specific applications

19.

ULTRASOUND INSPECTION PROBE AND CORRESPONDING INSPECTION METHOD

      
Application Number GB2023050255
Publication Number 2023/152474
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-02-06
Publication Date 2023-08-17
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Ould, John, Charles
  • Handford, Thomas, Phillip
  • Toth, Robert
  • Ratford, Christopher, James

Abstract

An ultrasound inspection probe (10;80;300) is described for use with a coordinate positioning apparatus, such as a machine tool. The probe (10;80;300) includes a probe body (12;82;196;302) for mounting to a coordinate positioning apparatus and an elongate member (14;40;50;60;84;198;304) extending from the probe body. The elongate member (14;40;50;60;84;198;304) includes an ultrasound transducer assembly (44) and a datum surface (18;48;59;70;89;206) at its distal end. A movable joint (16) connects a proximal end of the elongate member (14;40;50;60;84;198;304) to the probe body (12;82;196;302) and this movable joint (16) is configured to permit both lateral and rotational movement of the proximal end of the elongate member (14;40;50;60;84;198;304) relative to the probe body (12;82;196;302) such that the elongate member (14;40;50;60;84;198;304) can rotate about its distal end to allow the datum surface (18;48;59;70;89;206) to angularly align with a surface of an object (20;104) to be inspected. In this manner, the datum surface (18;48;59;70;89;206) aligns with the surface of the object (20; 104) being inspected to optimise acoustic coupling.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 17/02 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of infrasonic, sonic, or ultrasonic vibrations for measuring thickness
  • B23Q 17/20 - Arrangements for indicating or measuring on machine tools for indicating or measuring workpiece characteristics, e.g. contour, dimension, hardness

20.

ENERGY BEAM EXPOSURES IN POWDER BED FUSION

      
Application Number GB2023050018
Publication Number 2023/131792
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-01-06
Publication Date 2023-07-13
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Kutiyal, Satyendra Singh
  • Aswathanarayanaswamy, Ravi Guttamindapalli
  • Farndell, Andrew
  • Jones, Nicholas Henry Hannaford

Abstract

A powder bed fusion additive manufacturing method comprising exposing layers of a powder bed to an energy beam to selectively melt at least one area of each layer, wherein the energy beam is progressed along a scan path to melt material of 5 the at least one area using a pulsed exposure. Initial and/or end pulses of the pulsed exposure may have a shorter pulse duration than a pulse duration of a mid-pulse between the initial and end pulses.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B22F 12/43 - Radiation means characterised by the type, e.g. laser or electron beam frequency modulated
  • B22F 10/28 - Powder bed fusion, e.g. selective laser melting [SLM] or electron beam melting [EBM]
  • B33Y 50/02 - Data acquisition or data processing for additive manufacturing for controlling or regulating additive manufacturing processes
  • B33Y 10/00 - Processes of additive manufacturing

21.

ENERGY BEAM EXPOSURES IN POWDER BED FUSION

      
Application Number GB2023050019
Publication Number 2023/131793
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-01-06
Publication Date 2023-07-13
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Wilkes, John
  • Zawalnyski, Paul
  • Probert, Timothy, Charles,edward

Abstract

A laser comprising a gain medium, a pump for pumping the gain medium, a power circuit and an inertial load located between the power circuit and the pump. The power circuit may comprise a switching power amplifier for generating a pulse-width modulated signal to the inertial load. The laser may be used in a powder bed fusion apparatus. A powder bed fusion apparatus may comprise a laser, the laser comprising a gain medium, a pump for pumping the gain medium and a controller for controlling the pump. The controller may be arranged to control the pump such that a response time of the laser is less than 17 microseconds.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B22F 10/28 - Powder bed fusion, e.g. selective laser melting [SLM] or electron beam melting [EBM]
  • B22F 12/43 - Radiation means characterised by the type, e.g. laser or electron beam frequency modulated
  • B33Y 10/00 - Processes of additive manufacturing
  • B33Y 50/02 - Data acquisition or data processing for additive manufacturing for controlling or regulating additive manufacturing processes
  • H01S 5/042 - Electrical excitation

22.

ENERGY BEAM EXPOSURES IN POWDER BED FUSION

      
Application Number GB2023050017
Publication Number 2023/131791
Status In Force
Filing Date 2023-01-06
Publication Date 2023-07-13
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Aswathanarayanaswamy, Ravi, Guttamindapalli
  • Kutiyal, Satyendra, Singh
  • Farndell, Andrew
  • Jones, Nicholas, Henry, Hannaford

Abstract

A powder bed fusion additive manufacturing method comprising exposing layers of a powder bed to an energy beam to selectively melt areas of each layer, at least a proportion of the areas are melted using a pulsed exposure. The method may further comprise commanding an energy beam source to produce at least one pulse of the pulsed exposure having a pulse duration of less than 200 microseconds. The step of commanding may comprise specifying a plurality of raised power levels above a base power level for the powder waveform of the at least one pulse.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B22F 10/28 - Powder bed fusion, e.g. selective laser melting [SLM] or electron beam melting [EBM]
  • B22F 12/43 - Radiation means characterised by the type, e.g. laser or electron beam frequency modulated
  • B33Y 10/00 - Processes of additive manufacturing
  • B33Y 50/02 - Data acquisition or data processing for additive manufacturing for controlling or regulating additive manufacturing processes

23.

TOOL MEASUREMENT APPARATUS FOR A MACHINE TOOL

      
Application Number GB2022052753
Publication Number 2023/089295
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-11-01
Publication Date 2023-05-25
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor Stockill, William David

Abstract

A tool measurement apparatus for a machine tool includes a transmitter portion (100) including a light source (102) for generating a light beam (104) and a receiver portion (300) including a detector for detecting the light beam (104), the light beam being passed from the light source to the detector along an optical path. At least one of the receiver portion (300) and the transmitter portion (100) comprises a protection device including a gas expulsion aperture (108) configured to expel a bleed gas supplied from an external gas source. The optical path also passes through the gas expulsion aperture (108). The protection device further comprises a check valve (112; 200) located in the optical path. The bleed gas is supplied to the gas expulsion aperture (108) through the check valve (112; 200) and the flow of the bleed gas through the check valve (112; 200) causes the check valve to adopt an open configuration defining a passageway through which the light beam (104) can pass.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B23Q 17/24 - Arrangements for indicating or measuring on machine tools using optics
  • B23Q 11/00 - Accessories fitted to machine tools for keeping tools or parts of the machine in good working condition or for cooling work; Safety devices specially combined with or arranged in, or specially adapted for use in connection with, machine tools
  • G01V 8/12 - Detecting, e.g. by using light barriers using one transmitter and one receiver

24.

MAPPING OF SENSOR ERROR DATA FROM A COORDINATE POSITIONING MACHINE

      
Application Number EP2022078977
Publication Number 2023/066936
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-10-18
Publication Date 2023-04-27
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Parkhe, Rishikesh, Dhananjay
  • Sowole, Adedamola, Adeoluwafolahan

Abstract

A method is described of generating a spatial map of sensor error data from a coordinate positioning machine. The method comprises: receiving measurement data collected by measuring or tracking an artefact as it is moved by the machine 5along at least one machine axis; deriving error data by comparing the received measurement data with expected or ideal values for the measurement data; andgenerating a spatial error map from the error data, with each cell comprising an error representation derived from multiple sources of error within the error data.10[Figure 9]

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 21/04 - Measuring arrangements or details thereof, where the measuring technique is not covered by the other groups of this subclass, unspecified or not relevant for measuring length, width, or thickness by measuring coordinates of points

25.

SUPPORT

      
Application Number GB2022052506
Publication Number 2023/057745
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-10-04
Publication Date 2023-04-13
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Hunter, Stephen Paul
  • Larkham, David Andrew

Abstract

A positioning apparatus (100) comprising a support (108) extending in a first direction, and a beam (108) extending in a second direction. The beam (110) movably mounted to the support (108) so as to be movable in the first direction and exerts a load on the support. The support comprises a profile (302) which when the beam (110) exerts the load thereon the profile of the support (108) is deformed such that the beam is maintained at a substantially constant orientation for all locations of the beam (110) along the support (108).

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 5/00 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of mechanical techniques
  • B23Q 11/00 - Accessories fitted to machine tools for keeping tools or parts of the machine in good working condition or for cooling work; Safety devices specially combined with or arranged in, or specially adapted for use in connection with, machine tools
  • G01B 5/008 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of mechanical techniques for measuring coordinates of points using coordinate measuring machines
  • G01B 11/00 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of optical techniques

26.

ULTRASOUND METHOD AND APPARATUS

      
Application Number GB2022052448
Publication Number 2023/052757
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-09-28
Publication Date 2023-04-06
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Wilson, David, John
  • Hand, Rory, Neil
  • Ding, Yining

Abstract

A method of determining the time delay between echoes of an ultrasound pulse emitted by an ultrasound inspection device into an object, the method comprising: i) with the ultrasound probe in engagement with a front-wall feature of the object such that the ultrasound inspection device's ultrasound axis is arranged at an angle relative to the nominal surface normal of the front-wall feature, taking an ultrasound measurement which comprises the ultrasound inspection device emitting an ultrasound pulse and recording echoes thereof; and ii) determining the time delay between echoes of the pulse via a time delay determination process which adjusts the time delay calculation based on the angle of the ultrasound inspection device's ultrasound axis with respect to the nominal surface normal of the front-wall feature.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 17/02 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of infrasonic, sonic, or ultrasonic vibrations for measuring thickness
  • G01N 29/30 - Arrangements for calibrating or comparing, e.g. with standard objects

27.

ULTRASOUND METHOD FOR INSPECTING A PART

      
Application Number GB2022052447
Publication Number 2023/052756
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-09-28
Publication Date 2023-04-06
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor Wilson, David, John

Abstract

A method of determining the time delay between echoes of an ultrasound pulse emitted by an ultrasound inspection device into an object, the method comprising: i) with the ultrasound inspection device in engagement with a front-wall feature of an object at a point to be measured, taking an ultrasound measurement, which comprises the ultrasound inspection device emitting an ultrasound pulse and recording an ultrasound measurement signal comprising a front-wall echo and at least one interface echo reflected by an internal or back-wall feature of the object; and ii) determining the time delay between the front-wall echo and the at least one interface echo via autocorrelation of at least a segment of the ultrasound measurement signal which comprises the front-wall echo and the at least one interface echo.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 17/02 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of infrasonic, sonic, or ultrasonic vibrations for measuring thickness
  • G01N 29/07 - Analysing solids by measuring propagation velocity or propagation time of acoustic waves
  • G01N 29/11 - Analysing solids by measuring attenuation of acoustic waves

28.

METHOD OF OPERATING A MACHINE TOOL APPARATUS

      
Application Number GB2022052345
Publication Number 2023/047087
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-09-16
Publication Date 2023-03-30
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Hoyle, Samuel, David
  • Merrifield, Benjamin, Jason
  • Nai, Kenneth Cheng-Hoe

Abstract

A method of operating a machine tool apparatus, comprising: causing a tool mounted on the machine tool apparatus to work on a workpiece, during the working of the workpiece by the tool, at least one sensor monitoring the tool, machine tool apparatus and/or workpiece, for one or more signals indicative of the condition of the tool; and using the output of the one or more sensors to automatically configure when and/or how the tool and/or workpiece is inspected by at least one inspection device, the output of which is used to determine whether or not to keep using the tool.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G05B 19/4065 - Monitoring tool breakage, life or condition

29.

A SCANNING PROBE

      
Application Number EP2022075026
Publication Number 2023/036887
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-09-08
Publication Date 2023-03-16
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Buckingham, Jamie John
  • Holmes, Mark James Andrew
  • Lummes, Stephen Edward

Abstract

A scanning probe for a coordinate positioning apparatus, such as a machine tool, is described that comprises a probe body connected to a stylus holder (102) by a strain-sensing structure (100). The strain-sensing structure has an inner portion (202) connected to an outer portion (200) by a plurality of bendable members (204). A proximal end (220) of each bendable member (204) is attached to the inner portion (202) and a distal end (222) of each bendable member (204) being attached to the outer portion (200). The inner and outer portions (200,202) are centred on a central axis and the plurality of bendable members (204) comprise at least one strain-sensing element (210). The proximal and distal ends (220,222) of each bendable member (204) are located at different angles about the central axis. Such an arrangement enables both scanning and touch trigger measurements to be acquired.

IPC Classes  ?

30.

MEASUREMENT STRUT

      
Application Number GB2022052281
Publication Number 2023/037110
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-09-08
Publication Date 2023-03-16
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor Angood, Stephen, Mark

Abstract

A measurement strut (30) is described. The measurement strut (30) is for measuring a separation between two relatively moveable support members (33) of a machine (for example, a robot arm). The strut (30) is removably couplable between the two support members (33) and is adapted to become at least partially decoupled from at least one of the support members (33) when a compressive force developed in the strut (30) by relative movement of the support members (33) is greater than a predetermined threshold. By becoming at least partially decoupled from at least one of the support members, at least some of any excess relative movement of the support members towards each other can be absorbed, thereby helping to prevent damage being caused to the strut by attempting to compress the strut beyond its minimum range of travel.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 21/04 - Measuring arrangements or details thereof, where the measuring technique is not covered by the other groups of this subclass, unspecified or not relevant for measuring length, width, or thickness by measuring coordinates of points
  • B23Q 17/00 - Arrangements for indicating or measuring on machine tools
  • B25J 9/16 - Programme controls
  • G05B 19/404 - Numerical control (NC), i.e. automatically operating machines, in particular machine tools, e.g. in a manufacturing environment, so as to execute positioning, movement or co-ordinated operations by means of programme data in numerical form characterised by control arrangements for compensation, e.g. for backlash, overshoot, tool offset, tool wear, temperature, machine construction errors, load, inertia
  • G05B 19/401 - Numerical control (NC), i.e. automatically operating machines, in particular machine tools, e.g. in a manufacturing environment, so as to execute positioning, movement or co-ordinated operations by means of programme data in numerical form characterised by control arrangements for measuring, e.g. calibration and initialisation, measuring workpiece for machining purposes

31.

POSITION ENCODER APPARATUS

      
Application Number GB2022052072
Publication Number 2023/017254
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-08-09
Publication Date 2023-02-16
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor Fisher, Harrison, Clinton

Abstract

A position measurement encoder comprising a scale and a readhead, the readhead comprising a sensor for sensing the scale, the sensor comprising a one- dimensional array of columnar pixels, configured such that the one-dimensional array of columnar pixels is divided into a plurality of rows wherein each columnar pixel has at least one individual sensing section in each row arranged to contribute to the columnar pixel's output. Each row is individually activatable so that which one or more of the individual sensing sections in the columnar pixels contribute to each columnar pixel's output can be selectively chosen and changed on a row-by-row basis.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01D 5/347 - Mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member; Means for converting the output of a sensing member to another variable where the form or nature of the sensing member does not constrain the means for converting; Transducers not specially adapted for a specific variable using optical means, i.e. using infrared, visible or ultraviolet light with attenuation or whole or partial obturation of beams of light the beams of light being detected by photocells using displacement encoding scales

32.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR REMOVING NOISE FROM DATA

      
Application Number GB2022051412
Publication Number 2022/258951
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-06-06
Publication Date 2022-12-15
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor Bell, Ian, Mac

Abstract

A method for removing noise from spectral data recorded using a spectrometer. The method comprises normalising (103) spectral data to generate normalised method and apparatus for removing noise from data spectral data and applying (104) a machine learning model to the normalised spectral data. The machine learning model is trained to remove noise from spectral data using normalised training data, wherein the spectral data is normalised based on a different scaling to the normalisation of the training data.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01J 3/28 - Investigating the spectrum
  • G01J 3/44 - Raman spectrometry; Scattering spectrometry

33.

A MOTORISED MEASUREMENT ARM APPARATUS FOR A MACHINE TOOL

      
Application Number GB2022050987
Publication Number 2022/234248
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-04-20
Publication Date 2022-11-10
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Cocksedge, David, Andrew
  • Byrne, Oliver, Jacques, Andrew
  • Stoodley, Matthew, Adam
  • Marton, Sandor

Abstract

A motorised measurement arm apparatus (2) for a machine tool is described. The apparatus (2) comprises a base (4; 40) for attachment to the machine tool and an arm member (6;38) extending from the base for holding one or more sensors. The arm member (6;38) is moveable relative to the base between a stowed position (26b) and an operative position (26a), the operative position being defined by engagement of a mechanical stop arrangement (50a,50b). The apparatus also has a motor (44) for moving the arm member (6;38) relative to the base (4;10) and a motor controller (52,78) for energising the motor (44) to move the arm member (6;38) relative to the base (4;40). The motor controller (52,78) is configured to energise the motor (44) when the arm member (6;38) is in the operative position to maintain engagement of the mechanical stop arrangement (50a,50b). An operative position having improved repeatability is thus obtained.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B23Q 17/24 - Arrangements for indicating or measuring on machine tools using optics
  • B23Q 17/09 - Arrangements for indicating or measuring on machine tools for indicating or measuring cutting pressure or cutting-tool condition, e.g. cutting ability, load on tool
  • B23Q 17/22 - Arrangements for indicating or measuring on machine tools for indicating or measuring existing or desired position of tool or work
  • B23Q 16/02 - Indexing equipment
  • B23Q 5/10 - Driving main working members rotary shafts, e.g. working-spindles driven essentially by electrical means
  • G05B 19/401 - Numerical control (NC), i.e. automatically operating machines, in particular machine tools, e.g. in a manufacturing environment, so as to execute positioning, movement or co-ordinated operations by means of programme data in numerical form characterised by control arrangements for measuring, e.g. calibration and initialisation, measuring workpiece for machining purposes
  • G05B 19/402 - Numerical control (NC), i.e. automatically operating machines, in particular machine tools, e.g. in a manufacturing environment, so as to execute positioning, movement or co-ordinated operations by means of programme data in numerical form characterised by control arrangements for positioning, e.g. centring a tool relative to a hole in the workpiece, additional detection means to correct position

34.

A MEASUREMENT DEVICE AND A MEASUREMENT INTERFACE HAVING A RADIO COMMUNICATIONS MODULE

      
Application Number GB2022050854
Publication Number 2022/219306
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-04-06
Publication Date 2022-10-20
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Styles, John, Anthony
  • Taylor, Paul ,anthony

Abstract

A frequency hopping radio communications module (18, 26) used in a measurement system, such as a measurement probe (10) and measurement interface (20), is described. The module (18, 26) comprises a clock for defining a series of base time intervals and a memory for storing a hopping pattern describing a sequence of frequency channels. The communications module (18, 26) is switchable between at least a first mode, a second mode and a third mode. The first mode transmits and/or receives data using a series of frames having a first frame time and the second mode transmits and/or receives data using a series of frames having a second frame time. The first frame time is equal to, or an integer multiple of, the base time interval and the second frame time is an integer multiple of the first frame time. Operation in the third mode comprises transmitting and/or receiving data using a series of frames having a third frame time, the third frame time being an integer multiple of the second frame time. Each successive base time interval is associated with a successive frequency channel of the hopping pattern sequence and each frame uses the frequency channel associated with the base time interval that occurs at the start of that frame. In this manner, frequency hopping synchronisation is maintained even if different frame times are used.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04B 1/7156 - Arrangements for sequence synchronisation
  • G01B 21/04 - Measuring arrangements or details thereof, where the measuring technique is not covered by the other groups of this subclass, unspecified or not relevant for measuring length, width, or thickness by measuring coordinates of points
  • G01B 5/008 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of mechanical techniques for measuring coordinates of points using coordinate measuring machines

35.

A METROLOGY RADIO COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM

      
Application Number GB2022050855
Publication Number 2022/219307
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-04-06
Publication Date 2022-10-20
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Styles, John, Anthony
  • Taylor, Paul, Anthony

Abstract

A frequency hopping radio communications system is described that comprises a measurement station (10) having a first clock and an interface station (20) having a second clock. The measurement station (10), which may form part of a measurement probe, is configured to transmit measurement information arising from a measurement event, the measurement information including timing information that relates the measurement event to the first clock. The interface station (20) is configured to receive the measurement information from the measurement station (10) and to generate a measurement output including timing information defined relative to the second clock. One of the first and second clocks is designated as a master clock and a periodic clock adjustment of the other of the first and second clocks is performed to maintain synchronisation with the designated master clock. The timing information of the measurement output generated by the interface station (20) takes into account any of the periodic clock adjustments that are applied between the occurrence of the measurement event and the generation of the measurement output. In this manner, jitter is reduced and metrology performance is improved.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04B 1/713 - Spread spectrum techniques using frequency hopping
  • G01B 21/04 - Measuring arrangements or details thereof, where the measuring technique is not covered by the other groups of this subclass, unspecified or not relevant for measuring length, width, or thickness by measuring coordinates of points
  • G01B 5/008 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of mechanical techniques for measuring coordinates of points using coordinate measuring machines
  • G08C 17/02 - Arrangements for transmitting signals characterised by the use of a wireless electrical link using a radio link
  • H04J 3/06 - Synchronising arrangements

36.

RADIO COMMUNICATIONS APPARATUS FOR A MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

      
Application Number GB2022050853
Publication Number 2022/219305
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-04-06
Publication Date 2022-10-20
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Styles, John, Anthony
  • Taylor, Paul, Anthony

Abstract

A frequency hopping radio communications module (18,26) for a measurement system is described. The measurement system may comprise a measurement probe (10) and an interface (20) for a machine tool. The communications module (18,26) is configured to transmit and/or receive radio signals using at least ten frequency channels and can operate in at least a metrology mode for communicating measurement data and a standby mode. Operation in the standby mode comprises hopping between fewer frequency channels than operation in the metrology mode. In particular, operation in standby mode comprises hopping between three of the at least ten frequency channels in accordance with a second hopping pattern, the three frequency channels being from different thirds of the frequency band. This allows faster frequency hopping synchronisation to be achieved and improves battery life.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04B 1/7143 - Arrangements for generation of hop patterns
  • H04B 1/7156 - Arrangements for sequence synchronisation
  • G01B 21/04 - Measuring arrangements or details thereof, where the measuring technique is not covered by the other groups of this subclass, unspecified or not relevant for measuring length, width, or thickness by measuring coordinates of points
  • G01B 5/008 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of mechanical techniques for measuring coordinates of points using coordinate measuring machines

37.

METHOD OF COMMUNICATING INFORMATION TO A MEASUREMENT PROBE AND CORRESPONDING MEASUREMENT PROBE

      
Application Number GB2022050538
Publication Number 2022/185043
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-03-01
Publication Date 2022-09-09
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Buckingham, Jamie, John
  • Marshall, Derek
  • Ould, John, Charles

Abstract

Disclosed is a method of communicating information to a measurement probe mounted on a coordinate positioning machine. The method comprises encoding the information as one or more of a plurality of characteristic movements of the probe, controlling the machine to impart the movement(s) to the probe, detecting the movement(s) at the probe, and decoding the information at the probe from the detected movement(s). A measurement probe for use in such a method is also disclosed. The measurement probe is mountable to the machine and comprises at least one movement sensor for sensing movement imparted to the measurement probe by the machine, and a controller for determining whether the sensed movement comprises one or more of the plurality of characteristic movements of the probe and for performing an operation at or controlling operation of the probe in dependence on the determination.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 5/008 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of mechanical techniques for measuring coordinates of points using coordinate measuring machines
  • B23Q 17/20 - Arrangements for indicating or measuring on machine tools for indicating or measuring workpiece characteristics, e.g. contour, dimension, hardness
  • G01B 21/04 - Measuring arrangements or details thereof, where the measuring technique is not covered by the other groups of this subclass, unspecified or not relevant for measuring length, width, or thickness by measuring coordinates of points

38.

METROLOGY APPARATUS AND CORRESPONDING OPERATING METHOD

      
Application Number GB2022050409
Publication Number 2022/175653
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-02-16
Publication Date 2022-08-25
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Butter, Andrew Geoffrey
  • Hoy, Benjamin, George

Abstract

A metrology apparatus comprising an indexed articulated joint comprising: first and second bodies respectively having mutually engageable engagement elements, which can be locked together in a plurality of different angular orientations about a first axis so as to provide a plurality of angularly indexed positions at which the first and second bodies can be locked relative to each other; the engagement elements of the first and second bodies being dis-engageable by axial relative movement of the first and second bodies along the first axis in a first direction such that the first and second bodies can be unlocked and relatively rotated about the first axis, and re-engageable by axial relative movement of the first and second bodies along the axis in a second direction; the indexed articulated probe head further comprising at least one verification sensor configured to provide a measure of the relative spatial configuration of first and second bodies when in their locked state, and wherein the apparatus is configured such that in the event of the first and second bodies locking together at an indexed position, the verification sensor is used to obtain a current measure of the relative spatial configuration of the first and second bodies, and wherein information at least derived from said current measure is compared to calibration information which was at least derived from at least one other measure of the relative spatial configuration of the first and second bodies obtained by the verification sensor when the first and second bodies were locked at said indexed position, to establish information about the state of locking of the first and second bodies at an earlier point in time.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 5/008 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of mechanical techniques for measuring coordinates of points using coordinate measuring machines
  • B23Q 16/08 - Indexing equipment having means for clamping the relatively movable parts together in the indexed position
  • G01B 11/00 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of optical techniques
  • G01B 21/04 - Measuring arrangements or details thereof, where the measuring technique is not covered by the other groups of this subclass, unspecified or not relevant for measuring length, width, or thickness by measuring coordinates of points

39.

ARTICULATED HEAD

      
Application Number GB2022050412
Publication Number 2022/175656
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-02-16
Publication Date 2022-08-25
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Hoy, Benjamin, George
  • Butter, Andrew, Geoffrey

Abstract

An articulated head for facilitating the reorientation of a tool mounted thereon, the articulated head comprising: a first member for mounting the articulated head on a positioning apparatus; a second member coupled to the first member such that its orientation relative to the first member about a first axis can be changed between, and locked at one of, a plurality of predefined indexable orientations, wherein the first member and second member can be unlocked by separating the first member and second member along the first axis so as to thereby enable reorientation of the second member relative to the first member about the first axis; a third member coupled to the second member such that its orientation relative to the second member about a second axis can be changed between, and locked at one of, a plurality of predefined indexable orientations, wherein the second member and third member can be unlocked by separating the second member and third member along the second axis so as to thereby enable reorientation of the third member relative to the second member about the second axis, wherein the first and second axis are not parallel; and at least one powered mechanism for controlling the separation of the first member and second member along the first axis and the separation of the second member and third member along the second axis, configured such that the separation of the first member and second member, and the separation of the second member and third member, can be controlled independently of each other.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 5/008 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of mechanical techniques for measuring coordinates of points using coordinate measuring machines
  • G01B 11/03 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of optical techniques for measuring length, width, or thickness by measuring coordinates of points
  • G01B 21/04 - Measuring arrangements or details thereof, where the measuring technique is not covered by the other groups of this subclass, unspecified or not relevant for measuring length, width, or thickness by measuring coordinates of points
  • B23Q 16/08 - Indexing equipment having means for clamping the relatively movable parts together in the indexed position

40.

ARTICULATED MEMBER

      
Application Number GB2022050419
Publication Number 2022/175658
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-02-16
Publication Date 2022-08-25
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Butter, Andrew, Geoffrey
  • Hoy, Benjamin, George

Abstract

A metrology apparatus comprising an articulated joint comprising: first and second bodies which can be locked together in a plurality of different angular orientations about a first axis; the first body comprising a prop which is actuatable by a motor between a retracted configuration at which the first and second bodies are in their locked state, and an extended configuration at which the first and second bodies are held apart by the prop along the first axis such that the first and second bodies are unlocked thereby permitting relative rotation of the first and second bodies, the prop and the second body being magnetically biased toward each other so as to magnetically retain the first and second bodies; and further comprising at least one supplemental bias member configured to bias the prop towards its retracted configuration

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 5/008 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of mechanical techniques for measuring coordinates of points using coordinate measuring machines
  • G01B 11/03 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of optical techniques for measuring length, width, or thickness by measuring coordinates of points
  • G01B 21/04 - Measuring arrangements or details thereof, where the measuring technique is not covered by the other groups of this subclass, unspecified or not relevant for measuring length, width, or thickness by measuring coordinates of points
  • B23Q 16/08 - Indexing equipment having means for clamping the relatively movable parts together in the indexed position

41.

ROTARY ENCODER

      
Application Number GB2022050328
Publication Number 2022/171994
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-02-08
Publication Date 2022-08-18
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Carruthers-Watt, Benjamin, Nigel
  • Evans, Finlay, Jonathan
  • Harrison, Matthew, Damian

Abstract

A method of mounting a rotary scale member on a machine part which is configured to rotate about an axis of rotation. The rotary scale member comprising a body on which a series of scale features defining a scale that extends around a scale axis is or can be provided, and at least three radially-compliant flexures spaced around said scale axis. The method comprises: i) locating the rotary scale member on the machine part such that the scale axis and axis of rotation are substantially parallel, and ii) subsequently arranging at least a first radial adjustment device so as to contact both the machine part and the rotary scale member, and manipulating the at least first radial adjustment device so as to radially displace the body of the rotary scale member. At least the majority of any radial reaction force, generated as a result of the interaction of at least one of said flexures with a radial stop member against which it is radially pressed, and which is imparted on the at least first radial adjustment device by the rotary scale member in opposition to said radial displacement of the rotary scale member, is directed into, and reacted by, the machine part via the contact between the at least first radial adjustment device and the machine part.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01D 5/244 - Mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member; Means for converting the output of a sensing member to another variable where the form or nature of the sensing member does not constrain the means for converting; Transducers not specially adapted for a specific variable using electric or magnetic means generating pulses or pulse trains
  • G01D 5/347 - Mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member; Means for converting the output of a sensing member to another variable where the form or nature of the sensing member does not constrain the means for converting; Transducers not specially adapted for a specific variable using optical means, i.e. using infrared, visible or ultraviolet light with attenuation or whole or partial obturation of beams of light the beams of light being detected by photocells using displacement encoding scales

42.

DISC SCALE MEMBER OFFSET DETERMINATION

      
Application Number GB2022050329
Publication Number 2022/171995
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-02-08
Publication Date 2022-08-18
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Henshaw, James, Reynolds
  • Harrison, Matthew, Damian
  • Summers, Ivor, John

Abstract

A method of determining any offset between: a) a scale axis of a disc scale member having a planar surface on which is provided a series of scale features defining a scale that extends and is centred around the scale axis, the scale axis extending normal to the planar surface; and b) the axis of rotation of a machine part on which the disc scale member is mounted, wherein the axis of rotation and the scale axis of the disc scale member are substantially parallel. The method comprises: i) determining any offset between the scale axis and the axis of rotation via inspection of an axially-extending surface provided with the disc scale member.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01D 5/244 - Mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member; Means for converting the output of a sensing member to another variable where the form or nature of the sensing member does not constrain the means for converting; Transducers not specially adapted for a specific variable using electric or magnetic means generating pulses or pulse trains

43.

LASER POWDER BED FUSION ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING METHODS

      
Application Number GB2022050175
Publication Number 2022/157508
Status In Force
Filing Date 2022-01-24
Publication Date 2022-07-28
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Brochu, Mathieu
  • Wang, Xianglong

Abstract

A laser powder bed fusion additive manufacturing method comprising performing laser melting of layers of a powder bed of steel powder in a protective atmosphere comprising nitrogen, wherein a temperature of the powder bed is below 220°C. A 5 composition of the steel powder may comprise, by weight: 3% to 7% Cr, 2-5% Mo, 0.2% to 0.7% V, max0.7% Si, max1% Mn, max1.5% C, and a balance of Fe.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B22F 10/20 - Direct sintering or melting
  • B22F 10/28 - Powder bed fusion, e.g. selective laser melting [SLM] or electron beam melting [EBM]
  • B33Y 70/00 - Materials specially adapted for additive manufacturing
  • C22C 38/02 - Ferrous alloys, e.g. steel alloys containing silicon
  • C22C 38/04 - Ferrous alloys, e.g. steel alloys containing manganese
  • C22C 38/18 - Ferrous alloys, e.g. steel alloys containing chromium
  • C22C 38/22 - Ferrous alloys, e.g. steel alloys containing chromium with molybdenum or tungsten
  • C22C 38/24 - Ferrous alloys, e.g. steel alloys containing chromium with vanadium

44.

MANUFACTURING METHOD

      
Application Number GB2021053206
Publication Number 2022/123238
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-12-08
Publication Date 2022-06-16
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Brochu, Mathieu
  • Ramakrishnan, Tejas
  • Kwon, Sunyong

Abstract

A method of producing a workpiece (8) comprising molybdenum, or tungsten, or chromium, or molybdenum alloy, or tungsten alloy, or chromium alloy by selective consolidation of successive layers of powder by an energy beam (3), the method comprising performing the selective consolidation of the powder layer in a protective atmosphere comprising nitrogen.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B22F 10/28 - Powder bed fusion, e.g. selective laser melting [SLM] or electron beam melting [EBM]
  • B33Y 10/00 - Processes of additive manufacturing
  • C22C 1/04 - Making non-ferrous alloys by powder metallurgy
  • B33Y 70/00 - Materials specially adapted for additive manufacturing

45.

POWDER BED FUSION METHODS AND RELATED APPARATUS

      
Application Number GB2021053188
Publication Number 2022/123224
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-12-07
Publication Date 2022-06-16
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Brown, Ceri
  • Brochu, Mathieu
  • Shandiz, Mohammad, Attarian
  • Kumar, Amit

Abstract

A method of determining instructions to be executed by a powder bed fusion apparatus, in which an object is built in a layer-by-layer manner by selectively irradiating regions of successively formed powder layers with an energy beam. The method comprises determining an exposure parameter for each location within a layer to be irradiated with the energy beam from a primary exposure parameter, the exposure parameters varying with location. An amount each exposure parameter varies from the primary exposure parameter is determined, at least in part, from a geometric quantity of the object derived from the location of the irradiation.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B22F 10/28 - Powder bed fusion, e.g. selective laser melting [SLM] or electron beam melting [EBM]
  • B22F 10/36 - Process control of energy beam parameters
  • B23K 15/00 - Electron-beam welding or cutting
  • B23K 26/342 - Build-up welding
  • B29C 64/153 - Processes of additive manufacturing using only solid materials using layers of powder being selectively joined, e.g. by selective laser sintering or melting
  • B29C 64/393 - Data acquisition or data processing for additive manufacturing for controlling or regulating additive manufacturing processes
  • B33Y 10/00 - Processes of additive manufacturing
  • B33Y 50/02 - Data acquisition or data processing for additive manufacturing for controlling or regulating additive manufacturing processes

46.

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DUAL-COMB DISTANCE METROLOGY USING MULTI-PHOTON DETECTION

      
Application Number GB2021053134
Publication Number 2022/118014
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-12-01
Publication Date 2022-06-09
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Weston, Nicholas, John
  • Reid, Derryck, Telford
  • Wright, Hollie

Abstract

An optical distance measurement or ranging apparatus is described. The apparatus includes at least one optical pulse generator (30,32; 80,94; 120,122; 180,202; 300,320) for generating a train of gating pulses and a train of probe pulses, the train of gating pulses having a different repetition rate than the train of probe 10 pulses. The gating and probe pulses may be ultrashort laser pulses generated by different free-running, mode-locked lasers. An optical probing arrangement is also provided for directing the train of probe pulses to one or more objects (42,44; 84,86; 188, 190; 232,234,236; 306,310) and for collecting returned probe pulses returned from the one or more objects. The objects may include a target object and a reference object. The apparatus comprises a multi-photon effect detector (58; 104; 140; 210; 324, 330) and is configured to direct both the train of gating pulses and the returned probe pulses to the multi-photon effect detector. The apparatus may be used for industrial inspection, machine calibration, position measurement or the like.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01S 7/4861 - Circuits for detection, sampling, integration or read-out
  • G01S 7/4865 - Time delay measurement, e.g. time-of-flight measurement, time of arrival measurement or determining the exact position of a peak
  • G01S 17/10 - Systems determining position data of a target for measuring distance only using transmission of interrupted, pulse-modulated waves
  • G01C 3/00 - Measuring distances in line of sight; Optical rangefinders
  • G01J 11/00 - Measuring the characteristics of individual optical pulses or of optical pulse trains
  • G04F 13/02 - Apparatus for measuring unknown time intervals by means not provided for in groups using optical means

47.

POWDER BED FUSION APPARATUS AND METHODS

      
Application Number GB2021053120
Publication Number 2022/112801
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-11-30
Publication Date 2022-06-02
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Mcmurtry, David, Roberts
  • Derrick, Hugo, George
  • Kemakolam, Nneji

Abstract

A powder bed fusion apparatus for building an object in a layer-by-layer manner, the powder bed fusion apparatus comprising a processing chamber (101, 201, 301, 601) having a processing chamber aperture (102, 202, 302, 602, 702), a scanner (106, 206, 306, 606) arranged to direct an energy beam to locations in a plane of the processing chamber aperture (102, 202, 302, 602, 702) and a debuilding chamber (103, 203, 303, 603, 703) having a debuilding chamber aperture (104, 204, 304, 604, 704). The powder bed fusion apparatus further comprises a build chamber (118, 218, 318, 618, 718) defined by a build sleeve (119, 219, 319, 619, 719) and a build platform (120, 220, 320, 620, 720) movable within the build sleeve (119, 219, 319, 619, 719) for supporting powder within the build sleeve (119, 219, 319, 619, 719), the build platform (120, 220, 320, 620, 720) comprising a build platform seal (121) for engaging with walls of the build sleeve (119, 219, 319, 619, 719) to prevent the flow of powder past the build platform (120, 220, 320, 620, 720); and 15 at least one drive mechanism for driving movement of the build platform (120, 220, 320, 620, 720) in the build sleeve (119, 219, 319, 619, 719). A translation mechanism (125) is provided for moving the build chamber (118, 218, 318, 618, 718) between a building position, in which the build sleeve (119, 219, 319, 619, 719) aligns with the processing chamber aperture (102, 202, 302, 602, 702) such that an energy beam can be delivered by the scanner to the processing chamber aperture (102, 202, 302, 602, 702) to consolidate powder supported by the build platform (120, 220, 320, 620, 720) in the build sleeve (119, 219, 319, 619, 719) to build the object, and a debuilding position, in which the build sleeve (119, 219, 319, 619, 719) aligns with the debuilding chamber aperture (104, 204, 304, 604, 704) such that the object and powder can be inserted into the debuilding chamber (103, 203, 303, 603, 703) through the debuilding chamber aperture (104, 204, 304, 604, 704) through movement of the build platform (120, 220, 320, 620, 720) within the build sleeve (119, 219, 319, 619, 719).

IPC Classes  ?

  • B22F 10/28 - Powder bed fusion, e.g. selective laser melting [SLM] or electron beam melting [EBM]
  • B22F 10/68 - Cleaning or washing
  • B22F 10/73 - Recycling of powder
  • B22F 12/30 - Platforms or substrates
  • B22F 12/33 - Platforms or substrates translatory in the deposition plane
  • B22F 12/00 - Apparatus or devices specially adapted for additive manufacturing; Auxiliary means for additive manufacturing; Combinations of additive manufacturing apparatus or devices with other processing apparatus or devices
  • B29C 64/153 - Processes of additive manufacturing using only solid materials using layers of powder being selectively joined, e.g. by selective laser sintering or melting
  • B29C 64/25 - Housings, e.g. machine housings
  • B29C 64/35 - Cleaning
  • B29C 64/357 - Recycling
  • B33Y 30/00 - ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, i.e. MANUFACTURING OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL [3D] OBJECTS BY ADDITIVE DEPOSITION, ADDITIVE AGGLOMERATION OR ADDITIVE LAYERING, e.g. BY 3D PRINTING, STEREOLITHOGRAPHY OR SELECTIVE LASER SINTERING - Details thereof or accessories therefor
  • B33Y 40/20 - Post-treatment, e.g. curing, coating or polishing
  • B22F 12/84 - Parallel processing within single device

48.

APPARATUS, DISC, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

      
Application Number GB2021052557
Publication Number 2022/074368
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-10-04
Publication Date 2022-04-14
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Evans, Finlay, Jonathan
  • Searle, Duncan

Abstract

Apparatus comprising an encoder scale disc (100) and a mount, the encoder scale disc (100) comprising radially and/or tangentially resilient features (110) located radially outwards of a scale (145) configured to interact with the mount so as to locate the scale disc (100) on the mount. The encoder scale disc 100 may comprise radially resilient features (145) which may deviate radially from the disc (110). Also disclosed is a method of manufacturing an apparatus comprising an encoder scale disc (100), comprising mounting a disc (100) comprising radially resilient features (145) to a device, wherein the radially resilient features (145) of the disc (100) interact with the device to place the disc in radial compression, mounting the disc (100) on an apparatus, wherein mounting features on the device and the apparatus interact in the same manner to place the disc (100) in radial compression.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01D 5/244 - Mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member; Means for converting the output of a sensing member to another variable where the form or nature of the sensing member does not constrain the means for converting; Transducers not specially adapted for a specific variable using electric or magnetic means generating pulses or pulse trains
  • G01D 5/347 - Mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member; Means for converting the output of a sensing member to another variable where the form or nature of the sensing member does not constrain the means for converting; Transducers not specially adapted for a specific variable using optical means, i.e. using infrared, visible or ultraviolet light with attenuation or whole or partial obturation of beams of light the beams of light being detected by photocells using displacement encoding scales

49.

ROTARY ENCODER

      
Application Number GB2021052562
Publication Number 2022/074371
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-10-04
Publication Date 2022-04-14
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Henshaw, James, Reynolds
  • Harrison, Matthew, Damian
  • Evans, Finlay, Jonathan

Abstract

A method of mounting a rotary scale member on a part (e.g. of an articulated joint), the rotary scale member comprising a body on which a series of position features defining a scale is provided, and at least one mounting flexure configured to engage the part, the method comprising: force-fitting the rotary scale member and the part together, whereby the at least one flexure is displaced by the part and thereby urged via a radial reaction force into engagement with the part so as to form a friction fit with the part such that the body of the rotary scale member self- locates at an initial default radial location with respect to the part; and tweaking the radial location of the body relative to the part away from its initial default radial location to a new radial location.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01D 5/244 - Mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member; Means for converting the output of a sensing member to another variable where the form or nature of the sensing member does not constrain the means for converting; Transducers not specially adapted for a specific variable using electric or magnetic means generating pulses or pulse trains
  • G01D 5/347 - Mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member; Means for converting the output of a sensing member to another variable where the form or nature of the sensing member does not constrain the means for converting; Transducers not specially adapted for a specific variable using optical means, i.e. using infrared, visible or ultraviolet light with attenuation or whole or partial obturation of beams of light the beams of light being detected by photocells using displacement encoding scales

50.

METHOD FOR MEASURING NON-TOOTHED TOOLS USING A NON-CONTACT TOOL SETTER

      
Application Number GB2021052575
Publication Number 2022/074381
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-10-06
Publication Date 2022-04-14
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Hoyle, Samuel, David
  • Merrifield, Benjamin, Jason
  • Tocknell, Stephen, Lindsey
  • Andrews, Paul

Abstract

An improved method is described for measuring a dimension (e.g. diameter) of a non-toothed tool, for example a grinding tool such as a diamond coated burr. The method may be implemented on a machine tool, such as a lathe, machining centre or the like. The method comprises passing a beam of light from a transmitter (10) to a receiver (14). The receiver (14) produces a received intensity signal related to the intensity of received light. Analysis of variations in the received intensity signal is performed when a rotating tool (40; 88) is moved relative to the light beam (12) to enable a dimension of the tool (40; 88) to be measured. In particular, it may be determined when the received intensity signal has crossed a threshold for at least a defined duration (Tq), the defined duration being less than the time taken for one complete rotation of the tool (Tr).

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 11/04 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of optical techniques for measuring length, width, or thickness specially adapted for measuring length or width of objects while moving
  • B23Q 17/24 - Arrangements for indicating or measuring on machine tools using optics

51.

MEASUREMENT METHOD

      
Application Number GB2021051846
Publication Number 2022/029405
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-07-19
Publication Date 2022-02-10
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Turner, Rhys, David
  • Butter, Andrew, Geoffrey

Abstract

A method of inspecting at least one feature of a part, the at least one feature having a predetermined nominal shape, comprising: i) loading a contact probe onto a probe mount of a coordinate positioning apparatus which is configured to facilitate the exchanging of probes thereon and which is configured to facilitate relative movement of the probe mount and a part in three orthogonal degrees of freedom, the contact probe comprising a reference member for engaging the part, and the contact probe further comprising a stylus, the stylus being deflectable relative to the reference member and having a tip for contacting the surface to be measured, wherein the relative position of the tip and the reference member is transduced; ii) bringing the reference member and the stylus of the contact probe into contact with the part on one side of the feature, and then causing the stylus to traverse the feature whilst collecting measurement data concerning the relative position of tip and the reference member; and iii) extracting dimension information about the feature from the measurement data, and comparing the extracted dimension information to nominal dimension information for the nominal shape of the feature of the part.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 5/012 - Contact-making feeler heads therefor

52.

IMPROVEMENTS IN OR RELATING TO AN OPTICAL SCANNER FOR DIRECTING ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION TO DIFFERENT LOCATIONS WITHIN A SCAN FIELD

      
Application Number GB2021051698
Publication Number 2022/008885
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-07-05
Publication Date 2022-01-13
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Mcmurtry, David Roberts
  • Dardis, John

Abstract

A method and apparatus for determining an alignment of an optical scanner (106a, 106c) for directing an electromagnetic beam to locations within a scan field. The method may comprise locating a reference element (113) within the scan field of the optical scanner (106a, 106c) and controlling the optical scanner (106a, 106c) to cause the electromagnetic beam to be directed to a plurality of different points in the scan field, including at least one point on the reference element (113). Reflected electromagnetic radiation is detected. The method may comprise determining when the electromagnetic beam is directed to a reference position in the scan field given by the reference element (113) from a comparison of an intensity of the detected electromagnetic radiation for the different points and determining a corresponding demand signal that causes the optical scanner (106a, 106c) to direct the electromagnetic beam to the reference position.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B22F 10/20 - Direct sintering or melting
  • B22F 10/30 - Process control
  • B22F 12/00 - Apparatus or devices specially adapted for additive manufacturing; Auxiliary means for additive manufacturing; Combinations of additive manufacturing apparatus or devices with other processing apparatus or devices
  • B29C 64/153 - Processes of additive manufacturing using only solid materials using layers of powder being selectively joined, e.g. by selective laser sintering or melting
  • B29C 64/268 - Arrangements for irradiation using electron beams [EB]
  • B33Y 30/00 - ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, i.e. MANUFACTURING OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL [3D] OBJECTS BY ADDITIVE DEPOSITION, ADDITIVE AGGLOMERATION OR ADDITIVE LAYERING, e.g. BY 3D PRINTING, STEREOLITHOGRAPHY OR SELECTIVE LASER SINTERING - Details thereof or accessories therefor
  • G05B 19/401 - Numerical control (NC), i.e. automatically operating machines, in particular machine tools, e.g. in a manufacturing environment, so as to execute positioning, movement or co-ordinated operations by means of programme data in numerical form characterised by control arrangements for measuring, e.g. calibration and initialisation, measuring workpiece for machining purposes

53.

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR FORMING OBJECTS FROM A NICKEL-BASED SUPERALLOY IN A LAYER-BY-LAYER MANNER

      
Application Number GB2021051193
Publication Number 2021/234368
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-05-18
Publication Date 2021-11-25
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Brochu, Mathieu
  • Atabay, Sila Ece
  • Mata, Oscar, Sanchez
  • Wang, Xianglong
  • Lerma, Jose, Alberto, Muniz

Abstract

An additive manufacturing method wherein an object is formed by selectively solidifying layers of powder with at least one energy beam. The method comprises forming the object from a nickel-based superalloy, wherein exposure parameters and an exposure pattern for the at least one energy beam result in the object having a directionally solidified microstructure with columnar grains aligned with a build direction, perpendicular to the layers. A composition of the nickel-based alloy by weight % may comprise: 9.3-9.7W, 9.0-9.5Co, 7.5-8.5Cr, 5.4-5.7Al, 3.1-3.3Ta, 1.4-1.6Hf, 0.6-0.9Ti, Mo 0.4-0.6, 007-.015Zr, 0.01-0.02B with a carbon concentration of around 0.07-0.09wt% and a balance of Ni.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B22F 10/38 - Process control to achieve specific product aspects, e.g. surface smoothness, density, porosity or hollow structures
  • B22F 10/28 - Powder bed fusion, e.g. selective laser melting [SLM] or electron beam melting [EBM]
  • B22F 10/366 - Scanning parameters, e.g. hatch distance or scanning strategy
  • B33Y 10/00 - Processes of additive manufacturing
  • B33Y 70/00 - Materials specially adapted for additive manufacturing
  • C22C 1/04 - Making non-ferrous alloys by powder metallurgy
  • C22C 19/05 - Alloys based on nickel or cobalt based on nickel with chromium

54.

MEASURING DEVICE AND METHOD

      
Application Number GB2021050720
Publication Number 2021/198647
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-03-24
Publication Date 2021-10-07
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor Leafe, Harry, Alan

Abstract

A protection member (126) for an optical measurement device, such as a break- beam tool setting device (2) for a machine tool, is described. The protection member (126) comprises a conduit (140) through which light and air can pass. The conduit (140) is configured such that, in use, a beam of light is passed through the conduit along (140) an optical axis (O) and a stream of air is guided out of the conduit along an airflow axis (A). The optical axis (O) is non-parallel to the airflow axis (A) and the conduit (140) has a varying cross-sectional profile along the airflow axis (A). Improved measurement repeatability is provided.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 21/04 - Measuring arrangements or details thereof, where the measuring technique is not covered by the other groups of this subclass, unspecified or not relevant for measuring length, width, or thickness by measuring coordinates of points

55.

CALIBRATION DEVICE AND METHOD

      
Application Number GB2021050671
Publication Number 2021/191589
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-03-17
Publication Date 2021-09-30
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor Perkins, Shane

Abstract

A calibration device for a co-ordinate positioning machine, such as a machine tool, is described. The device (200) comprises a base (30; 130; 202), a calibration artefact (34;134), and a deflection mechanism (32) that attaches the calibration artefact (34;134) to the base (30;130; 202) and allows the calibration artefact (34;134) to be moved relative to the base (30;130; 202) by application of an external force. The device further comprises a releasable lock that, when locked, immobilises the calibration artefact (34;134) relative to the base (30; 130; 202).

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 5/008 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of mechanical techniques for measuring coordinates of points using coordinate measuring machines
  • G01B 21/04 - Measuring arrangements or details thereof, where the measuring technique is not covered by the other groups of this subclass, unspecified or not relevant for measuring length, width, or thickness by measuring coordinates of points
  • B23Q 17/20 - Arrangements for indicating or measuring on machine tools for indicating or measuring workpiece characteristics, e.g. contour, dimension, hardness
  • B23Q 17/22 - Arrangements for indicating or measuring on machine tools for indicating or measuring existing or desired position of tool or work
  • G05B 19/401 - Numerical control (NC), i.e. automatically operating machines, in particular machine tools, e.g. in a manufacturing environment, so as to execute positioning, movement or co-ordinated operations by means of programme data in numerical form characterised by control arrangements for measuring, e.g. calibration and initialisation, measuring workpiece for machining purposes

56.

MEASUREMENT METHOD

      
Application Number GB2021050445
Publication Number 2021/170990
Status In Force
Filing Date 2021-02-23
Publication Date 2021-09-02
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Ould, John Charles
  • Crossland, Rose

Abstract

A method of determining a form measurement for a curved feature of an artefact. The method comprises a positioning apparatus relatively moving the artefact and a measurement device relative along a curved path in a first direction, to obtain a first set of data points along the surface of the curved feature, and the positioning apparatus relatively moving the artefact and the measurement device other along a curved path in a second direction, opposite to the first direction, to obtain a second set of data points along the surface of the curved feature. The method further comprises using the first and second sets of data points to determine a form measurement for the artefact.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 5/20 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of mechanical techniques for measuring contours or curvatures
  • G01B 21/04 - Measuring arrangements or details thereof, where the measuring technique is not covered by the other groups of this subclass, unspecified or not relevant for measuring length, width, or thickness by measuring coordinates of points
  • B23Q 17/20 - Arrangements for indicating or measuring on machine tools for indicating or measuring workpiece characteristics, e.g. contour, dimension, hardness
  • G05B 19/401 - Numerical control (NC), i.e. automatically operating machines, in particular machine tools, e.g. in a manufacturing environment, so as to execute positioning, movement or co-ordinated operations by means of programme data in numerical form characterised by control arrangements for measuring, e.g. calibration and initialisation, measuring workpiece for machining purposes

57.

POWDER BED FUSION ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING METHODS

      
Application Number GB2020053204
Publication Number 2021/123744
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-12-14
Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor Aswathanarayanaswamy, Ravi, Guttamindapalli

Abstract

A powder bed fusion additive manufacturing method in which an object is built in a layer-by-layer manner. The method comprises, for each layer of a plurality of successively fused layers, melting material of the layer by irradiating the layer with one or more energy beams a first time using a first set of irradiation parameters and allowing the melted material to solidify to define a fused region of the layer and reheating the fused region by irradiating the layer a subsequent time with one or more of energy beams using a second set of irradiation parameters. The first set of irradiation parameters comprises at least one different irradiation parameter to the second set of irradiation parameters.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B22F 10/00 - Additive manufacturing of workpieces or articles from metallic powder
  • B22F 10/28 - Powder bed fusion, e.g. selective laser melting [SLM] or electron beam melting [EBM]
  • B22F 10/364 - Process control of energy beam parameters for post-heating, e.g. remelting
  • B22F 10/50 - Treatment of workpieces or articles during build-up, e.g. treatments applied to fused layers during build-up
  • B29C 64/153 - Processes of additive manufacturing using only solid materials using layers of powder being selectively joined, e.g. by selective laser sintering or melting

58.

POSITIONING APPARATUS WITH AN ASSOCIATED TRANSFER MECHANISM

      
Application Number GB2020053205
Publication Number 2021/123745
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-12-14
Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Hunter, Stephen, Paul
  • Wooldridge, Michael, John
  • Derrick, Hugo, George
  • Huntley, James. Richard. Philip

Abstract

An apparatus comprising an inspection apparatus for inspecting an artefact, and a transfer mechanism for moving a pallet on which an artefact is located relative to the inspection apparatus so as to move the pallet to and from an inspection location, and further comprising at least one pallet lifter which can be actuated between a retracted and an extended configuration, configured such that when a pallet is at the inspection location the at least one pallet lifter can be actuated to its extended configuration so as to engage with and lift the pallet and thereby decouple the pallet from the transfer mechanism.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 21/04 - Measuring arrangements or details thereof, where the measuring technique is not covered by the other groups of this subclass, unspecified or not relevant for measuring length, width, or thickness by measuring coordinates of points
  • G01B 5/00 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of mechanical techniques
  • B66F 3/26 - Adaptations or arrangements of pistons

59.

ROTARY ENCODER

      
Application Number GB2020053084
Publication Number 2021/116660
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-12-02
Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Evans, Finlay, Jonathan
  • Henshaw, James, Reynolds

Abstract

A rotary scale apparatus for an encoder apparatus comprising a planar disc on which at least one track comprising scale features is provided, in which the planar disc comprises a hole through its centre for receiving a cylindrical shaft, and in which the rotary scale member comprises at least three cantilevered spring members which are provided substantially in plane with the planar disc and spaced around the edge of the hole, for engaging with, and radially locating the disc on, a cylindrical shaft inserted therethrough.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01D 5/244 - Mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member; Means for converting the output of a sensing member to another variable where the form or nature of the sensing member does not constrain the means for converting; Transducers not specially adapted for a specific variable using electric or magnetic means generating pulses or pulse trains
  • G01D 5/347 - Mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member; Means for converting the output of a sensing member to another variable where the form or nature of the sensing member does not constrain the means for converting; Transducers not specially adapted for a specific variable using optical means, i.e. using infrared, visible or ultraviolet light with attenuation or whole or partial obturation of beams of light the beams of light being detected by photocells using displacement encoding scales

60.

COORDINATE POSITIONING ARM

      
Application Number GB2020053164
Publication Number 2021/116685
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-12-10
Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor Angood, Stephen, Mark

Abstract

A coordinate positioning arm (A) is disclosed that comprises: a base end (B) and a head end (H); a drive frame (D) for moving the head end (H) relative to the base end (B); and a metrology frame (M) for measuring a position and orientation of the head end (H) relative to the base end (B). The drive frame (D) comprises a plurality of drive axes (D1, D2, D3) arranged in series between the base end (B) and the head end (H). The metrology frame (M) comprises a plurality of metrology axes (R1, R2, R3, L4, R5, R6) arranged in series between the base end (B) and the head end (H). Advantageously, the metrology frame (M) is adapted and arranged to be substantially separate and/or independent from the drive frame (D). The separation and/or independence between the metrology frame (M) and drive frame (D) may be achieved for example by supporting the metrology frame (M) substantially only at the base end (B) and head end (H) and by providing the metrology frame (M) with sufficient degrees of freedom (via the metrology axes) to avoid creating an additional constraint between the metrology frame (M) and the drive frame (D). This avoids creating movements within the metrology frame (M), due to non-ideal movements and/or behaviours associated with the drive frame (D) and/or metrology frame (M), that are not allowed by any combination of one or more of the metrology axes (R1, R2, R3, L4, R5, R6), and hence not measured, and this provides a more accurate coordinate positioning arm (A).

IPC Classes  ?

  • B25J 9/04 - Programme-controlled manipulators characterised by movement of the arms, e.g. cartesian co-ordinate type by rotating at least one arm, excluding the head movement itself, e.g. cylindrical co-ordinate type or polar co-ordinate type
  • B25J 18/00 - Arms
  • G01B 5/008 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of mechanical techniques for measuring coordinates of points using coordinate measuring machines
  • G01B 7/008 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of electric or magnetic techniques for measuring coordinates of points using coordinate measuring machines
  • G01B 11/00 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of optical techniques
  • G01B 21/04 - Measuring arrangements or details thereof, where the measuring technique is not covered by the other groups of this subclass, unspecified or not relevant for measuring length, width, or thickness by measuring coordinates of points

61.

POSITION MEASUREMENT DEVICE

      
Application Number EP2020081914
Publication Number 2021/094456
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-11-12
Publication Date 2021-05-20
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Slack, Jason, Kempton
  • Cluff, Julian, Alexander

Abstract

An encoder apparatus comprising a reflective scale and a readhead. The readhead comprises at least one light emitting element, at least one sensor and at least one optical device, which together with the scale form an optical system in which the optical device forms an image of an illuminated region of the reflective scale onto the sensor. The system's optical path, from the light emitting element to the sensor, passes through the optical device on its way toward and after reflection from the scale. and comprises an unreflected optical path between the light emitting element and the optical device and an unreflected optical path between the optical device and the sensor.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01D 5/347 - Mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member; Means for converting the output of a sensing member to another variable where the form or nature of the sensing member does not constrain the means for converting; Transducers not specially adapted for a specific variable using optical means, i.e. using infrared, visible or ultraviolet light with attenuation or whole or partial obturation of beams of light the beams of light being detected by photocells using displacement encoding scales

62.

ENCODER APPARATUS

      
Application Number EP2020081916
Publication Number 2021/094457
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-11-12
Publication Date 2021-05-20
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Dyson, Josh, Alexander
  • Cluff, Julian, Alexander

Abstract

An encoder apparatus comprising a readhead for reading a reflective scale located adjacent the readhead. The readhead comprises a circuit board on which a sensor comprising one or more photodiodes for detecting light reflected from a scale located adjacent the readhead is mounted, and at least one light emitting element. The light emitting element is mounted to the circuit board via a light emitting element support structure which holds the light emitting element away from the circuit board and the sensing plane of the sensor, and at least a part of which extends over the sensor.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01D 5/347 - Mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member; Means for converting the output of a sensing member to another variable where the form or nature of the sensing member does not constrain the means for converting; Transducers not specially adapted for a specific variable using optical means, i.e. using infrared, visible or ultraviolet light with attenuation or whole or partial obturation of beams of light the beams of light being detected by photocells using displacement encoding scales

63.

COORDINATE POSITIONING MACHINE

      
Application Number GB2020052593
Publication Number 2021/074625
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-10-15
Publication Date 2021-04-22
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Mcmurtry, David Roberts
  • Angood, Stephen, Mark

Abstract

A coordinate positioning machine comprises a plurality of drive axes (61), each of which is either a rotary drive axis or a linear drive axis, for positioning a platform (12) within a working volume of the machine, and a linear counterbalance axis (L), separate from any of the drive axes (61), for counterbalancing the platform (12). With such a counterbalance arrangement (50) the separate linear counterbalance axis (L) can be substantially invariant to changes in orientation of the drive axes (61) and can be therefore be counterbalanced e.g. by a simple counterweight (30) providing ideal or near-ideal counterbalancing for the platform (12) throughout the working volume of the machine. Also disclosed is a counterbalance arrangement (50) in which the counterbalance axes (R1, L1, L2) and force generator (30) are mutually arranged such that horizontal movement of the platform (12) causes substantially no net movement of and/or causes substantially no work to be done on the force generator (30). Also disclosed is a counterbalance arrangement (50) in which a series of counterbalance axes (R1, L1, L2) has at least one rotary counterbalance axis (R1), and wherein the force generator (30) is arranged behind or at a predetermined horizontal distance from the first rotary counterbalance axis (R1) in the series. Also disclosed is a counterbalance arrangement (50) having a series of counterbalance axes (R1, L1, L2) with at most one rotary counterbalance axis (R1) between the force generator (30) and ground (14).

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 5/00 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of mechanical techniques
  • B23Q 11/00 - Accessories fitted to machine tools for keeping tools or parts of the machine in good working condition or for cooling work; Safety devices specially combined with or arranged in, or specially adapted for use in connection with, machine tools

64.

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING THE RUNOUT OF A TOOL IN A MACHINE TOOL

      
Application Number GB2020052484
Publication Number 2021/069893
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-10-08
Publication Date 2021-04-15
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Merrifield, Benjamin, Jason
  • Hoyle, Samuel, David

Abstract

A method and apparatus are described for determining the runout of a tool (12) retained by a rotatable spindle of a machine tool using a tool edge sensor, such as a non-contact tool setter (2), mounted to the machine tool. The spindle is arranged to rotate the tool, which may be a fluted cutting tool, about a spindle centre line (20). The technique comprises rotating the spindle into three or more rotational orientations and using the tool edge sensor to measure a position of the edge of the tool (12) for each of the three or more rotational orientations. A tool centre point is found by fitting the positions of the tool edge to a function and a difference in position between the tool centre point and the spindle centre line (20) is used to determine a runout of the tool.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 11/27 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of optical techniques for testing the alignment of axes for testing the alignment of axes
  • B23Q 17/00 - Arrangements for indicating or measuring on machine tools

65.

SPECTROSCOPIC APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING COMPONENTS PRESENT IN A SAMPLE

      
Application Number GB2020052083
Publication Number 2021/038252
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-09-01
Publication Date 2021-03-04
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Bell, Ian, Mac
  • Smith, Brian, John, Edward

Abstract

A method of determining components present in a sample from spectral data obtained from the sample comprising resolving each of a plurality of models of the spectral data, the plurality of models comprising models having a different number of component reference spectra selected from a set of predetermined component reference spectra; selecting a one of the plurality of models based upon a model selection criterion and determining one or more components present in the sample based upon the selected model. The model selection criterion comprises a measure for each model, which balances improvements in fit quality of the model to the spectral data against a complexity penalty determined from the number of component reference spectrum used in the model.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01J 3/28 - Investigating the spectrum
  • G01N 21/65 - Raman scattering
  • G01N 21/35 - Investigating relative effect of material at wavelengths characteristic of specific elements or molecules, e.g. atomic absorption spectrometry using infrared light

66.

LOADING APPARATUS

      
Application Number GB2020051859
Publication Number 2021/023984
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-08-03
Publication Date 2021-02-11
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Derrick, Hugo, George
  • Hunter, Stephen, Paul
  • Huntley, James, Richard, Philip

Abstract

A pallet loader for a positioning apparatus, comprising at least two pallet bays and at least one intermediate member, arranged such that at least two pallet bays are located on different sides of the intermediate member, such that at least one pallet can be driven i) from one pallet bay to another, and ii) from one pallet bay to a positioning apparatus, in which the apparatus comprises cooperating guide features on the underside of the at least one pallet and on one or more of the intermediate member and pallet bays for guiding the pallet along a predetermined path and/or for controlling the rotational orientation of the pallet about a vertical axis, as the pallet moves across the intermediate member/pallet bay.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B65G 13/10 - Switching arrangements
  • B23Q 7/14 - Arrangements for handling work specially combined with or arranged in, or specially adapted for use in connection with, machine tools, e.g. for conveying, loading, positioning, discharging, sorting co-ordinated in production lines
  • B65G 35/06 - Mechanical conveyors not otherwise provided for comprising a load-carrier moving along a path, e.g. a closed path, and adapted to be engaged by any one of a series of traction elements spaced along the path
  • B65G 47/53 - Devices for transferring articles or materials between conveyors, i.e. discharging or feeding devices between conveyors which cross one another
  • B65G 47/54 - Devices for transferring articles or materials between conveyors, i.e. discharging or feeding devices between conveyors which cross one another at least one of which is a roller-way

67.

POWDER BED FUSION ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING METHODS AND APPARATUS

      
Application Number GB2020051382
Publication Number 2020/249932
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-06-08
Publication Date 2020-12-17
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Wang, Xianglong
  • Shandiz, Mohammad, Attarian
  • Lerma, Jose, Alberto, Muniz
  • Mata, Oscar, Sanchez
  • Brochu, Mathieu

Abstract

This invention concerns a powder bed fusion additive manufacturing method comprising forming layers, L1, L2, of powder of a powder bed and exposing the layers, L1, L2, to one or more energy beams to melt the powder to form an object. The exposure of each layer, L1, L2, to the or each energy beam forms melt pools 300a to 300i in a conduction or transition mode with an exposure distance, HD, between adjacent exposures within the layer, L1, L2, being 40% to 60% of a width of the melt pools 300a to 300i generated by the exposures and an offset, OD, of exposures between successively melted layers, L1, L2, in a direction in which the exposure distance. HD, is measured, being 40% to 60% of the exposure distance OD.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B22F 3/105 - Sintering only by using electric current, laser radiation or plasma
  • B23K 15/00 - Electron-beam welding or cutting
  • B23K 26/342 - Build-up welding
  • B29C 64/153 - Processes of additive manufacturing using only solid materials using layers of powder being selectively joined, e.g. by selective laser sintering or melting
  • B33Y 10/00 - Processes of additive manufacturing

68.

COMBUSTION SYSTEM COMPONENT FORMED BY METALLIC ADDITIVE LAYER MANUFACTURE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THEREOF

      
Application Number GB2020051327
Publication Number 2020/245572
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-06-02
Publication Date 2020-12-10
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor Runyon, Jon, Patrick

Abstract

aa) of between 3 and 10µm.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B22F 3/105 - Sintering only by using electric current, laser radiation or plasma
  • B22F 3/24 - After-treatment of workpieces or articles
  • B22F 5/00 - Manufacture of workpieces or articles from metallic powder characterised by the special shape of the product
  • B33Y 10/00 - Processes of additive manufacturing
  • B33Y 80/00 - Products made by additive manufacturing
  • F23R 3/14 - Air inlet arrangements for primary air inducing a vortex by using swirl vanes
  • F23R 3/28 - Continuous combustion chambers using liquid or gaseous fuel characterised by the fuel supply

69.

MANUFACTURING METHOD AND APPARATUS

      
Application Number GB2020051365
Publication Number 2020/245598
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-06-05
Publication Date 2020-12-10
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor Bulled, Colin, Ray

Abstract

A method is disclosed of manufacturing an article, with the method comprising using a coordinate measuring machine both to obtain three-dimensional point coordinate measurements of a first part (70) of the article that is already in place and to position a second part (80) of the article in a predetermined spatial relationship relative to the first part (70) in dependence upon the measurements of the first part (70). The predetermined spatial relationship is defined in more than three degrees of freedom. Positioning the second part (80) relative to the first part (70) comprises controlling the machine to move the second part (80) relative to the first part (70) in more than three degrees of freedom. The machine is controlled to hold the first and second parts (70, 80) in the predetermined spatial relationship while performing an operation to fix the first and second parts in the predetermined spatial relationship. The second part (80) is not in direct contact with any other part of the article when the first and second parts (70, 80) are in the predetermined spatial relationship, at least not in a manner which would interfere with or influence or affect the predetermined spatial relationship.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 5/008 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of mechanical techniques for measuring coordinates of points using coordinate measuring machines
  • G01B 21/04 - Measuring arrangements or details thereof, where the measuring technique is not covered by the other groups of this subclass, unspecified or not relevant for measuring length, width, or thickness by measuring coordinates of points
  • B25J 9/16 - Programme controls
  • B25J 13/08 - Controls for manipulators by means of sensing devices, e.g. viewing or touching devices
  • B25J 19/02 - Sensing devices
  • B23P 21/00 - Machines for assembling a multiplicity of different parts to compose units, with or without preceding or subsequent working of such parts, e.g. with programme control

70.

METAL POWDER BED ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING APPARATUS AND METHODS

      
Application Number GB2020051283
Publication Number 2020/240180
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-05-28
Publication Date 2020-12-03
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Porch, Adrian
  • Cripps, Steven

Abstract

A powder bed fusion apparatus comprising a build platform (102) movable in a build sleeve (131), the build platform (102) for supporting a bed (104) of metal powder, a powder layer formation device for forming layers of metal powder to form the bed (104), a scanner (106) for directing an energy beam to selected regions of each layer to consolidate the metal powder and a radio-wave generator (110, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154) arranged to surround the metal powder and generate radio waves to heat the metal powder that forms the bed (104).

IPC Classes  ?

  • B22F 3/105 - Sintering only by using electric current, laser radiation or plasma
  • B33Y 30/00 - ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, i.e. MANUFACTURING OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL [3D] OBJECTS BY ADDITIVE DEPOSITION, ADDITIVE AGGLOMERATION OR ADDITIVE LAYERING, e.g. BY 3D PRINTING, STEREOLITHOGRAPHY OR SELECTIVE LASER SINTERING - Details thereof or accessories therefor

71.

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURE

      
Application Number GB2020051042
Publication Number 2020/221996
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-04-29
Publication Date 2020-11-05
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor Forman, Mark, Stephen, James

Abstract

An additive manufacturing system comprising an additive manufacture apparatus having an energy source and a process chamber (2) in which the energy beam is used to selectively solidify powder on a layer-by-layer basis; and at least one powder supply module (1) removably attachable to the additive manufacture apparatus. The powder supply module (1) has a powder supply and a powder dispenser (200). The process chamber (2) of the additive manufacturing apparatus is provided with an opening (2b) extending from the exterior of the apparatus into the chamber (2) and the powder supply module (1) is provided with a complementary connection interface (226) which closes the opening (2b), wherein the powder dispenser (200) delivers powder into the process chamber (2) beyond the connection interface (226).

IPC Classes  ?

  • B22F 3/105 - Sintering only by using electric current, laser radiation or plasma
  • B29C 64/153 - Processes of additive manufacturing using only solid materials using layers of powder being selectively joined, e.g. by selective laser sintering or melting
  • B29C 64/259 - Enclosures for the building material, e.g. powder containers interchangeable
  • B29C 64/307 - Handling of material to be used in additive manufacturing
  • B29C 64/321 - Feeding
  • B33Y 10/00 - Processes of additive manufacturing
  • B33Y 30/00 - ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, i.e. MANUFACTURING OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL [3D] OBJECTS BY ADDITIVE DEPOSITION, ADDITIVE AGGLOMERATION OR ADDITIVE LAYERING, e.g. BY 3D PRINTING, STEREOLITHOGRAPHY OR SELECTIVE LASER SINTERING - Details thereof or accessories therefor
  • B33Y 40/00 - Auxiliary operations or equipment, e.g. for material handling
  • B29C 64/343 - Metering

72.

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING POWDER RECIRCULATION SYSTEM

      
Application Number GB2020051044
Publication Number 2020/221998
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-04-29
Publication Date 2020-11-05
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Beeby, David, Edward
  • Whitton, David John

Abstract

An additive manufacturing powder recirculation apparatus (1) comprising: a powder recirculation loop (120) having: an inlet (114) for receiving powder from an additive manufacture apparatus; an outlet (154) for supplying powder to the additive manufacture apparatus; and a powder flow path extending between the inlet (114) and outlet (154). A diverter valve (200, 400) in the powder flow path is configured to selectively place the powder flow in fluid communication with either the downstream powder recirculation loop or a hopper (140) outside of the powder recirculation loop (1).

IPC Classes  ?

  • B22F 3/105 - Sintering only by using electric current, laser radiation or plasma
  • B29C 64/153 - Processes of additive manufacturing using only solid materials using layers of powder being selectively joined, e.g. by selective laser sintering or melting
  • B29C 64/321 - Feeding
  • B33Y 10/00 - Processes of additive manufacturing
  • B33Y 40/00 - Auxiliary operations or equipment, e.g. for material handling
  • B29C 64/307 - Handling of material to be used in additive manufacturing
  • B07B 7/08 - Selective separation of solid materials carried by, or dispersed in, gas currents using centrifugal force
  • B01D 45/12 - Separating dispersed particles from gases or vapours by gravity, inertia, or centrifugal forces by centrifugal forces
  • B05B 1/14 - Nozzles, spray heads or other outlets, with or without auxiliary devices such as valves, heating means with strainers in or outside the outlet opening
  • B05B 1/16 - Nozzles, spray heads or other outlets, with or without auxiliary devices such as valves, heating means with strainers in or outside the outlet opening having selectively-effective outlets
  • B65G 53/52 - Adaptations of pipes or tubes
  • B33Y 30/00 - ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, i.e. MANUFACTURING OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL [3D] OBJECTS BY ADDITIVE DEPOSITION, ADDITIVE AGGLOMERATION OR ADDITIVE LAYERING, e.g. BY 3D PRINTING, STEREOLITHOGRAPHY OR SELECTIVE LASER SINTERING - Details thereof or accessories therefor
  • B29C 64/357 - Recycling

73.

COORDINATE POSITIONING MACHINE

      
Application Number GB2020050745
Publication Number 2020/208336
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-03-20
Publication Date 2020-10-15
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor Angood, Stephen, Mark

Abstract

A coordinate positioning machine comprises a drive frame (37) and a metrology frame (36). The drive frame (37) comprises a drive arrangement (28) for moving a moveable structure (22) around a working volume (34) of the machine. The metrology frame (36) comprises a metrology arrangement (26) for measuring the position of the structure (22) within the working volume (34). In one aspect, the metrology arrangement (26) is a hexapod metrology arrangement and the drive arrangement (28) is a non-hexapod drive arrangement. The metrology frame (36) has a coefficient of thermal expansion that is lower than that of the drive frame (37). The drive frame (37) is coupled to the metrology frame (36) via a coupling arrangement (38) which prevents at least some distortion associated with any extra thermal expansion and contraction of the drive frame (37) from being transferred to the metrology frame (36). In another aspect, the drive arrangement (28) moves the structure (22) around the working volume (34) in fewer than six degrees of freedom, and the metrology arrangement (26) measures the position of the structure (22) within the working volume (34) in more degrees of freedom than the drive arrangement (28).

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 5/00 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of mechanical techniques
  • B25J 9/16 - Programme controls

74.

CALIBRATION METHOD AND METHOD OF OBTAINING WORKPIECE INFORMATION

      
Application Number GB2020050583
Publication Number 2020/193944
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-03-11
Publication Date 2020-10-01
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Maxted, Paul
  • Hartley, James, Arthur

Abstract

A method comprising: a) causing a tool mounted on a machine tool to work on a workpiece, and at least one sensor, which is configured to measure one or more aspects of the tool and/or machine tool, collecting sensor data during said working; b) a measurement device inspecting the part of the workpiece that was worked on at step a) to obtain measurement data; and c) calculating sensor-to-workpiece data calibration information from the sensor data and the measurement data.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G05B 19/401 - Numerical control (NC), i.e. automatically operating machines, in particular machine tools, e.g. in a manufacturing environment, so as to execute positioning, movement or co-ordinated operations by means of programme data in numerical form characterised by control arrangements for measuring, e.g. calibration and initialisation, measuring workpiece for machining purposes

75.

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURE

      
Application Number GB2020050561
Publication Number 2020/183145
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-03-10
Publication Date 2020-09-17
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Mcfarland, Geoffrey
  • Wescott, Andrew, David

Abstract

This invention concerns a method of powder bed fusion additive manufacture comprising forming a component in a powder bed in a layer-by-layer process. The method may comprise sintering, without melting, selected regions of powder with an energy beam to form at least one support adjacent to the component; and melting further selected regions of the powder bed with an energy beam to form a component by layer-by-layer melting of material. The method may comprise directing an energy beam at selected regions of powder to form a friable support, the friable support comprising bonded powder which act as a solid and provide compressive support; and melting further regions of the powder bed with an energy beam to form a component by layer-by-layer melting of material.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B22F 3/105 - Sintering only by using electric current, laser radiation or plasma
  • B33Y 10/00 - Processes of additive manufacturing
  • B33Y 30/00 - ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, i.e. MANUFACTURING OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL [3D] OBJECTS BY ADDITIVE DEPOSITION, ADDITIVE AGGLOMERATION OR ADDITIVE LAYERING, e.g. BY 3D PRINTING, STEREOLITHOGRAPHY OR SELECTIVE LASER SINTERING - Details thereof or accessories therefor
  • B29C 64/153 - Processes of additive manufacturing using only solid materials using layers of powder being selectively joined, e.g. by selective laser sintering or melting

76.

TOOL MEASUREMENT DEVICE FOR A MACHINE TOOL

      
Application Number GB2020050581
Publication Number 2020/183154
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-03-11
Publication Date 2020-09-17
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Ferguson, Graham, Richard
  • Tocknell, Stephen, Lindsey

Abstract

An optical tool measurement device (2) for a machine tool is described. The device comprises a light source (10) for directing light towards a tool-sensing region (13) and a sensor (14) for detecting light from the tool-sensing region (13). A shutter assembly (40) for selectively protecting the sensor (14) from contamination is also provided. The shutter assembly (40) is configured to provide a closed configuration in which the sensor (14) is covered by the shutter assembly (40) thereby preventing contamination of the sensor (14) and an open configuration in which light can pass to the sensor (14) through a first aperture (72;102) of the shutter assembly (40). Furthermore, the shutter assembly (40) is additionally configured to additionally provide a constricted configuration in which light can pass to the sensor through a second aperture (74;104) of the shutter assembly (40), the second aperture being smaller than the first aperture. In this manner, the device (2) has enhanced resistance to contaminants, such as swarf and coolant, present in the machine tool environment.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B23Q 17/24 - Arrangements for indicating or measuring on machine tools using optics

77.

MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD

      
Application Number GB2020050582
Publication Number 2020/183155
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-03-11
Publication Date 2020-09-17
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Merrifield, Benjamin, Jason
  • Ferguson, Graham, Richard

Abstract

A measurement apparatus for mounting within an enclosure of a machine is described. The apparatus comprises a measurement device(2;300;400;500)and a protection means (40,42;70;100;230) for protecting the measurement device (2;300;400;500) from contaminants (420) present within the machine enclosure. The protection means (40,42;70;100;230) is switchable between at least a first mode that protects the measurement device (2;300;400;500) from contaminants and a second mode that provides less protection of the measurement device (2) from contaminants than the first mode. A contaminant sensor (14;242;302;360; 410) is used for sensing contamination within the machine enclosure and thereby determining when the protection means(40,42;70;100;230)can adopt the second mode. A corresponding method is also described.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B23Q 17/24 - Arrangements for indicating or measuring on machine tools using optics
  • B23Q 11/08 - Protective coverings for parts of machine tools; Splash guards
  • G01B 11/08 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of optical techniques for measuring diameters
  • G02B 27/00 - Optical systems or apparatus not provided for by any of the groups ,
  • G03B 9/08 - Shutters

78.

ULTRASOUND METHOD AND APPARATUS

      
Application Number GB2020050366
Publication Number 2020/174214
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-02-17
Publication Date 2020-09-03
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Hall, Liam, David
  • Ding, Yining

Abstract

A method of calibrating an ultrasound probe having a coupling element for engaging the surface of an object to be inspected, in which the ultrasound probe and a calibration artefact are provided on a positioning apparatus having at least one axis about which the relative orientation of the ultrasound probe and calibration artefact can be changed, the method comprising, in any suitable order: i) for a plurality of different relative orientations between the ultrasound probe and the calibration artefact about the at least one axis, measuring the signal received by the ultrasound probe; and ii) from said measurements, determining at least one calibration parameter which is indicative of at least one axis of optimum signal of the ultrasound probe, and recording the at least one calibration parameter for subsequent use.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 17/02 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of infrasonic, sonic, or ultrasonic vibrations for measuring thickness
  • G01N 29/22 - Investigating or analysing materials by the use of ultrasonic, sonic or infrasonic waves; Visualisation of the interior of objects by transmitting ultrasonic or sonic waves through the object - Details
  • G01N 29/30 - Arrangements for calibrating or comparing, e.g. with standard objects

79.

SPECTROSCOPIC APPARATUS

      
Application Number GB2020050460
Publication Number 2020/174239
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-02-26
Publication Date 2020-09-03
Owner RENISHAW plc (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Smith, Brian
  • Brown, Robert

Abstract

This invention concerns a spectroscopic apparatus comprising an optical input (150, 250), a dispersive device (160, 260) arranged to disperse light in a spectral direction across a detector(190, 290), an input lens(170, 172, 270) between the optical input(150, 250)and the dispersive device (160, 260) for collimating the lightand a detector lens(180, 280)between the dispersive device (190, 290) and the detector (190) for focusing the dispersed light onto the detector(190, 290).The apparatus may further comprise a positioner(165) for rotating the dispersive device (160) relative to the incoming optical axis to change the angle of incidence of the dispersive device (160) thereby adjusting the resulting spectral region dispersed across the detector (190), an input magnification adjustor (175) for adjusting the magnification of the light onto the dispersive device (190) and a controller arranged to adapt the input magnification adjuster (175) in response to the angle of incidence of the dispersive device. The apparatus may further comprise a beam splitter(300), between the optical input (270) and the dispersive device(260), the beam splitter (300) being arranged to split the light into a plurality of separate optical paths (320, 330) each path (320, 330) being directed to the dispersive device (260) to provide separate partial spectra across portions of the detector(290) and at least one magnification adjuster(275) in one of the plurality of separate optical paths(330) between the beam splitter (300) and the dispersive device (260) to optimise the beam diameter of the optical path (330) at the dispersive device (260).

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01J 3/02 - Spectrometry; Spectrophotometry; Monochromators; Measuring colours - Details
  • G01J 3/18 - Generating the spectrum; Monochromators using diffraction elements, e.g. grating
  • G01J 3/28 - Investigating the spectrum
  • G01J 3/44 - Raman spectrometry; Scattering spectrometry

80.

IMPROVEMENTS IN OR RELATING TO ON-AXIS MELT POOL SENSORS IN AN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING APPARATUS

      
Application Number GB2020050461
Publication Number 2020/174240
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-02-26
Publication Date 2020-09-03
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Dardis, John
  • Brown, Ceri
  • Mansell, Jonathan

Abstract

This invention concerns a method of aligning an on-axis melt pool sensor (123) in an additive manufacturing apparatus. The method comprises scanning a first laser beam (118a, 118b, 118c, 118d) along a first scan path (L1) across a working surface (110) using afirst optical train (106a, 106b, 106c,106d) to generate a melt pool (130) along the first scan path (L1) and scanning a field of view (132) of an on-axis sensor (123) along a second scan path (L2) across the working surface using a second optical train (106a, 106b, 106c,106d) for steering a second laser beam (118a, 118b, 118c, 118d). The first and second scan paths (L1, L2) intersect. An adjustment to be made to an alignment of the field of view (132) of the on-axis sensor (123) with an optical axis of the second optical train (106a, 106b, 106c,106d) is determined from a variation in the signal generated by the on-axis sensor (123) as the field of view (132) is scanned along the second scan path (L2).

IPC Classes  ?

  • B33Y 10/00 - Processes of additive manufacturing
  • B33Y 30/00 - ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, i.e. MANUFACTURING OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL [3D] OBJECTS BY ADDITIVE DEPOSITION, ADDITIVE AGGLOMERATION OR ADDITIVE LAYERING, e.g. BY 3D PRINTING, STEREOLITHOGRAPHY OR SELECTIVE LASER SINTERING - Details thereof or accessories therefor
  • B33Y 40/00 - Auxiliary operations or equipment, e.g. for material handling
  • B33Y 50/02 - Data acquisition or data processing for additive manufacturing for controlling or regulating additive manufacturing processes
  • B22F 3/105 - Sintering only by using electric current, laser radiation or plasma
  • B23K 26/03 - Observing, e.g. monitoring, the workpiece
  • B23K 26/34 - Laser welding for purposes other than joining
  • B23K 26/342 - Build-up welding
  • B29C 64/153 - Processes of additive manufacturing using only solid materials using layers of powder being selectively joined, e.g. by selective laser sintering or melting
  • B29C 64/393 - Data acquisition or data processing for additive manufacturing for controlling or regulating additive manufacturing processes
  • B29C 64/268 - Arrangements for irradiation using electron beams [EB]

81.

MEASUREMENT DEVICE FOR A MACHINE TOOL

      
Application Number GB2020050165
Publication Number 2020/152476
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-01-24
Publication Date 2020-07-30
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor Marshall, Derek

Abstract

A hard-wired measurement device (14;50;80;120;160;200;250;280) is described that is mountable within an enclosure (4) of a computer-controlled machine tool (2). The device includes a measurement sensor (14,16; 554,56; 90,92; 126,128; 174,176; 218,220) for measuring objects, such as tools, within the machine tool enclosure and a hard-wired interface module (59) for providing an electrical connection via one or more wires (24) with an associated external interface (22) located outside of the machine tool enclosure. The device further comprises a wireless communications module(26;62;94;134;240;260)that enables wireless communication with an associated wireless device(12), such as a spindle probe, located within the machine tool enclosure(4).

IPC Classes  ?

  • B23Q 17/09 - Arrangements for indicating or measuring on machine tools for indicating or measuring cutting pressure or cutting-tool condition, e.g. cutting ability, load on tool
  • G01B 21/04 - Measuring arrangements or details thereof, where the measuring technique is not covered by the other groups of this subclass, unspecified or not relevant for measuring length, width, or thickness by measuring coordinates of points
  • B23Q 1/00 - Members which are comprised in the general build-up of a form of machine, particularly relatively large fixed members

82.

MANUFACTURING SYSTEM AND METHOD

      
Application Number GB2019053561
Publication Number 2020/128441
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-12-16
Publication Date 2020-06-25
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor Jonas, Kevyn, Barry

Abstract

A manufacturing system comprises: a coordinate positioning machine (10) having a structure moveable within a working volume of the machine, a drive arrangement for moving the structure around the working volume, and a positioning arrangement for determining the position of the structure within the working volume with a first accuracy; and a metrology arrangement (30) to which the machine (10) is removably couplable, such that when the machine (10) is coupled to the metrology arrangement (30), with the structure being moved by the drive arrangement, the metrology arrangement (30) is able to measure the position of the structure with a second accuracy that is higher than the first accuracy.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B25J 11/00 - Manipulators not otherwise provided for
  • B25J 9/06 - Programme-controlled manipulators characterised by multi-articulated arms
  • B25J 15/00 - Gripping heads
  • B25J 15/04 - Gripping heads with provision for the remote detachment or exchange of the head or parts thereof
  • B25J 9/16 - Programme controls
  • G01B 5/008 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of mechanical techniques for measuring coordinates of points using coordinate measuring machines
  • G01B 21/04 - Measuring arrangements or details thereof, where the measuring technique is not covered by the other groups of this subclass, unspecified or not relevant for measuring length, width, or thickness by measuring coordinates of points

83.

ENCODER APPARATUS

      
Application Number GB2019053407
Publication Number 2020/115464
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-12-03
Publication Date 2020-06-11
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Howley, Colin, Keith
  • Mcadam, Simon, Eliot
  • Whiting, Adam, Michael

Abstract

An incremental encoder apparatus comprising: a scale comprising a series of periodic features defining an optical incremental scale, and at least one magnetic reference mark; and a readhead. The readhead comprises at least one incremental sensor configured to detect light from the optical incremental scale and to output at least one signal dependent thereon, and at least two analogue Hall sensors, each comprising at least two output terminal pairs, and each configured to switch repeatedly between each output terminal pair so as to reduce any inherent offset in the output of the analogue Hall sensor. The apparatus is configured to determine the presence of the reference mark from the outputs of the at least two analogue Hall sensors.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01D 5/14 - Mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member; Means for converting the output of a sensing member to another variable where the form or nature of the sensing member does not constrain the means for converting; Transducers not specially adapted for a specific variable using electric or magnetic means influencing the magnitude of a current or voltage
  • G01D 5/244 - Mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member; Means for converting the output of a sensing member to another variable where the form or nature of the sensing member does not constrain the means for converting; Transducers not specially adapted for a specific variable using electric or magnetic means generating pulses or pulse trains

84.

METHOD OF IDENTIFYING ANOMALOUS EVENTS IN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

      
Application Number GB2019053196
Publication Number 2020/099852
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-11-12
Publication Date 2020-05-22
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Jones, Kiera, Megan
  • Scully, Paul, Martin

Abstract

nnnnηηnηnnnnnnnnnnnηϕηnηnδnnnnnnnnnnηηnηnnnnnnnnnnnnnηηnηnnnnnnn1234561234562345672345671234562345671234562345671234562345677).

IPC Classes  ?

  • B22F 3/105 - Sintering only by using electric current, laser radiation or plasma
  • B29C 64/153 - Processes of additive manufacturing using only solid materials using layers of powder being selectively joined, e.g. by selective laser sintering or melting
  • B29C 64/393 - Data acquisition or data processing for additive manufacturing for controlling or regulating additive manufacturing processes
  • B33Y 50/02 - Data acquisition or data processing for additive manufacturing for controlling or regulating additive manufacturing processes

85.

SPECTROSCOPIC APPARATUS AND METHODS

      
Application Number GB2019052966
Publication Number 2020/079439
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-10-17
Publication Date 2020-04-23
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor Smith, Brian, John, Edward

Abstract

This invention concerns a method of smoothing spectral data recorded by a spectrometer comprising successively fitting (103) a plurality of spline curves to the spectral data, each spline curve having a different number of knots.A knot position of each knot, other than end point knots, in each spline curve is determined based upon a measure of fit of points of a previously fitted one of the spline curves having fewer knots to the spectral data. The method further comprises selecting (108) one of the spline curves as a smoothed data curve of the spectral data based upon a model selection criterion.

IPC Classes  ?

86.

NON-CONTACT TOOL MEASUREMENT APPARATUS

      
Application Number GB2019052826
Publication Number 2020/074866
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-10-07
Publication Date 2020-04-16
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Cluff, Julian, Alexander
  • Ferguson, Graham, Richard
  • Leafe, Harry, Alan
  • Lee, William, Ernest

Abstract

A non-contact tool measurement apparatus for use in a machine tool environment is described. The apparatus includes a transmitter (10) comprising a first aperture (46) and a laser (40) for generating light (44) that is emitted from the transmitter (10) through the first aperture (46) towards a tool-sensing region (69). A receiver (14) includes an optical detector (62) and is arranged to receive light (44) from the tool-sensing region (69). A processor (24) is also provided for analysing the light detected by the optical detector (62) to enable the measurement of tools (70) in the tool-sensing region. The laser (40) is capable of generating light (44) having a wavelength of less than 590nm thereby enabling the size of the first aperture (46) to be reduced resulting in a reduction in contaminant ingress. In one embodiment, the laser (40) generates blue light.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 11/24 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of optical techniques for measuring contours or curvatures
  • G01V 8/12 - Detecting, e.g. by using light barriers using one transmitter and one receiver

87.

MEASUREMENT DEVICE

      
Application Number GB2019052513
Publication Number 2020/053566
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-09-10
Publication Date 2020-03-19
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor Mckendrick, Alexander, David

Abstract

An incremental measurement encoder comprising a scale and a readhead. The scale comprises a periodic series of features forming an incremental track and at least one reference mark. The readhead comprising a structured light source and a reference mark photodetector array. The at least one reference mark can comprise at least one imaging element configured to form an image of the structured light source onto the reference mark photodetector array.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01D 5/245 - Mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member; Means for converting the output of a sensing member to another variable where the form or nature of the sensing member does not constrain the means for converting; Transducers not specially adapted for a specific variable using electric or magnetic means generating pulses or pulse trains using a variable number of pulses in a train

88.

POWDER BED FUSION APPARATUS AND METHODS

      
Application Number GB2019052514
Publication Number 2020/053567
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-09-10
Publication Date 2020-03-19
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Mcmurtry, David Roberts
  • Mcfarland, Geoffrey
  • Nai, Kenneth Cheng-Hoe

Abstract

This invention concerns a powder bed fusion apparatus and method. The apparatus comprises a build platform (102, 302) for supporting a powder bed (104, 304) onto which layers of a powder can be deposited, a scanner (106, 306) for scanning an energy beam over each layer to fuse selected regions of the powder bed (104, 304) and a gas flow circuit for passing a flow of gas over the powder bed (104, 304). The gas flow circuit comprises a filter assembly (114, 214) comprising a filter housing (115, 215) through which the gas flows, the filter housing (115, 215) containing a granulate, preferably powder, filter medium for filtering particles from the gas flow. The powder filter medium may correspond to powder used to form the powder bed (104, 304) such as being of the same material as the powder used to form the powder bed (104, 304).

IPC Classes  ?

  • B22F 3/105 - Sintering only by using electric current, laser radiation or plasma
  • B33Y 30/00 - ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, i.e. MANUFACTURING OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL [3D] OBJECTS BY ADDITIVE DEPOSITION, ADDITIVE AGGLOMERATION OR ADDITIVE LAYERING, e.g. BY 3D PRINTING, STEREOLITHOGRAPHY OR SELECTIVE LASER SINTERING - Details thereof or accessories therefor
  • B33Y 40/00 - Auxiliary operations or equipment, e.g. for material handling
  • B29C 64/35 - Cleaning
  • B01D 46/30 - Particle separators, e.g. dust precipitators, using loose filtering material
  • B29C 64/20 - Additive manufacturing, i.e. manufacturing of three-dimensional [3D] objects by additive deposition, additive agglomeration or additive layering, e.g. by 3D printing, stereolithography or selective laser sintering - Details thereof or accessories therefor
  • B29C 64/357 - Recycling

89.

POWDER BED FUSION APPARATUS AND METHODS

      
Application Number GB2019052518
Publication Number 2020/053571
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-09-10
Publication Date 2020-03-19
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Brown, Ceri
  • Curtis, Daniel, John

Abstract

This invention concerns a method of filtering gas in a powder bed fusion apparatus, in which an object is built layer-by-layer by selective solidification of a powder bed, and a powder bed fusion apparatus for carrying out the method. The powder bed fusion apparatus comprises a build chamber (101) for housing the powder bed (104), a gas circuit for recirculating the gas, including passing the gas over the powder bed within the build chamber, a plurality of filter assemblies (230a, 230b) in the gas circuit for filtering process emissions from the gas recirculated through the gas circuit and a valve system (123 a, l24a. l23b, l24b) operable to regulate a flow of the gas to each one of the filter assemblies (230a, 230b). The method may comprise controlling the valve system (123 a, l24a. l23b, l24b) to divide the gas flow between a first one of the filter assemblies (230a, 230b) housing an unused filter element and at least one second one of the filter assemblies (230a, 230b) housing a used filter element such that less gas flows through the first filter assembly (230a, 230b) than the or each second filter assembly (230a, 230b). The method may comprise controlling the valve system (123 a, l24a. l23b, l24b) such that a first one of the filter assemblies (230a, 230b) housing an unused filter element is connected in series in the gas circuit with at least one second one of the filter assemblies (230a, 230b) housing a used filter element such that the gas passes through the filter elements of both the first and second filter assemblies (230a, 230b).

IPC Classes  ?

  • B22F 3/105 - Sintering only by using electric current, laser radiation or plasma
  • B33Y 30/00 - ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, i.e. MANUFACTURING OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL [3D] OBJECTS BY ADDITIVE DEPOSITION, ADDITIVE AGGLOMERATION OR ADDITIVE LAYERING, e.g. BY 3D PRINTING, STEREOLITHOGRAPHY OR SELECTIVE LASER SINTERING - Details thereof or accessories therefor
  • B33Y 40/00 - Auxiliary operations or equipment, e.g. for material handling
  • B29C 64/35 - Cleaning
  • B33Y 10/00 - Processes of additive manufacturing

90.

TOOL SETTING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR A MACHINE TOOL

      
Application Number GB2019052532
Publication Number 2020/053582
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-09-11
Publication Date 2020-03-19
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor Ali, Rizwan

Abstract

A tool setting apparatus (40; 200) for a machine tool (4) is described. The apparatus includes a measurement probe (44; 206) having a stylus (46; 208) and a deflection sensor for sensing deflection of the stylus. The distal end of the stylus (46) comprises a tool-contacting tip (47; 212). A cover (48; 214) is provided that has an aperture (53) through which the distal end of the stylus can pass. The cover (48; 214) is moveable relative to the measurement probe (44; 206) between a protective configuration in which the cover (48; 214) substantially surrounds the stylus (46; 208) and a tool measurement configuration in which the tip of the stylus (47; 212) protrudes through the aperture (53) of the cover (48; 214) to allow tool measurement. At least one gas supply pathway (56) is provided for supplying gas (e.g. air) into the region (58; 231) enclosed by the cover (48; 214) when the cover (48; 214) is in the protective configuration, at least some of the supplied gas being expelled or bleed from the cover (48; 214) through the aperture (53).The cover (48; 214) may be moveable using an actuator (54), such as pneumatic actuator.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 5/016 - Constructional details of contacts
  • G01B 21/04 - Measuring arrangements or details thereof, where the measuring technique is not covered by the other groups of this subclass, unspecified or not relevant for measuring length, width, or thickness by measuring coordinates of points
  • B08B 5/02 - Cleaning by the force of jets, e.g. blowing-out cavities
  • B23Q 17/24 - Arrangements for indicating or measuring on machine tools using optics

91.

METHOD, COMPUTER PROGRAM AND APPARATUS FOR MEASUREMENT CYCLE GENERATION IN A TOUCH TRIGGER COORDINATE MACHINE

      
Application Number GB2019052260
Publication Number 2020/035667
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-08-12
Publication Date 2020-02-20
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor Summers, Martin Peter

Abstract

151515155) associated therewith. A corresponding computer program and apparatus are also described.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01R 21/04 - Arrangements for measuring electric power or power factor by thermal methods in circuits having distributed constants

92.

POWDER BED FUSION APPARATUS AND METHODS

      
Application Number GB2019052139
Publication Number 2020/025949
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-07-31
Publication Date 2020-02-06
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor Kemakolam, Nneji

Abstract

A powder bed fusion apparatus in which an object is built in a layer- by-layer manner. The apparatus comprises a build sleeve (117) and a build platform (102) for supporting a powder bed (104), the build platform (102) lowerable in the build sleeve (117). A processing plate (115) is coupled to an upper end of the build sleeve (117). The apparatus further comprises a doser (108) for dosing powder and a recoater (109) for spreading the dosed powder across the processing plate (115) to the powder bed (104). A heater (160, 161, 162) is provided for heating the powder bed (104). An active cooling device comprising a cooling element and/or cooling channel (153) is provided to, in use, form an active thermal barrier to conduction of heat from the build sleeve (117) through the processing plate (115).

IPC Classes  ?

  • B22F 3/105 - Sintering only by using electric current, laser radiation or plasma
  • B29C 64/245 - Platforms or substrates
  • B33Y 10/00 - Processes of additive manufacturing
  • B33Y 30/00 - ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, i.e. MANUFACTURING OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL [3D] OBJECTS BY ADDITIVE DEPOSITION, ADDITIVE AGGLOMERATION OR ADDITIVE LAYERING, e.g. BY 3D PRINTING, STEREOLITHOGRAPHY OR SELECTIVE LASER SINTERING - Details thereof or accessories therefor
  • B33Y 40/00 - Auxiliary operations or equipment, e.g. for material handling
  • B29C 64/153 - Processes of additive manufacturing using only solid materials using layers of powder being selectively joined, e.g. by selective laser sintering or melting
  • B29C 35/16 - Cooling

93.

ACOUSTIC EMISSION SENSING IN POWDER BED ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

      
Application Number GB2019051799
Publication Number 2020/008171
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-06-26
Publication Date 2020-01-09
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Northeast, Damon Mark
  • Mansell, Jonathan
  • Jones, Nicholas, Henry, Hannaford

Abstract

This invention concerns a powder bed additive manufacturing apparatus comprising a build sleeve (117), a build platform (202) for supporting a powder bed (104) and object (103) during a build, the build platform (202) lowerable in the build sleeve (117), and at least one acoustic sensing system. The acoustic sensing system comprises an acoustic emission sensor (209) and an acoustic waveguide (240). The acoustic waveguide (240) extends through the build platform (202) such that a receiving end (241) of the acoustic waveguide (240) distal from the acoustic emission sensor (209) abuts a surface of a build substrate (222) removable mounted to the build platform (202) to transmit structure-borne acoustic waves from the build substrate (222) to the acoustic emission sensor (209).

IPC Classes  ?

  • B22F 3/105 - Sintering only by using electric current, laser radiation or plasma
  • G01N 29/14 - Investigating or analysing materials by the use of ultrasonic, sonic or infrasonic waves; Visualisation of the interior of objects by transmitting ultrasonic or sonic waves through the object using acoustic emission techniques
  • B33Y 50/00 - Data acquisition or data processing for additive manufacturing
  • B33Y 50/02 - Data acquisition or data processing for additive manufacturing for controlling or regulating additive manufacturing processes
  • B29C 64/153 - Processes of additive manufacturing using only solid materials using layers of powder being selectively joined, e.g. by selective laser sintering or melting
  • B29C 64/386 - Data acquisition or data processing for additive manufacturing
  • B29C 64/194 - Processes of additive manufacturing involving additional operations performed on the added layers, e.g. smoothing, grinding or thickness control during lay-up
  • B29C 64/20 - Additive manufacturing, i.e. manufacturing of three-dimensional [3D] objects by additive deposition, additive agglomeration or additive layering, e.g. by 3D printing, stereolithography or selective laser sintering - Details thereof or accessories therefor
  • B33Y 30/00 - ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, i.e. MANUFACTURING OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL [3D] OBJECTS BY ADDITIVE DEPOSITION, ADDITIVE AGGLOMERATION OR ADDITIVE LAYERING, e.g. BY 3D PRINTING, STEREOLITHOGRAPHY OR SELECTIVE LASER SINTERING - Details thereof or accessories therefor

94.

MEASUREMENT METHOD AND APPARATUS

      
Application Number GB2019051614
Publication Number 2019/239119
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-06-10
Publication Date 2019-12-19
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Ould, John, Charles
  • Handford, Thomas, Phillip

Abstract

Method for measuring an object using a scanning probe carried by a machine tool having a probe holder for the scanning probe and a carrier for the object, the method comprising the steps of (i)using the machine tool to move the probe holder relative to the carrier along a pre-programmed scan path (100), the pre-programmed scan path comprising at least one first region where the movement along the pre-programed scan path is at a first feedrate, at least one second region (106a, 106b, 106c, 106d) where the movement along the pre-programed scan path is at a second feedrate, and at least one acceleration zone (108a, 108b, 108c, 108d, 108e, 108f, 108g, 180h, 109a, 109b) located between the at least one first region and the at least one second region, (ii)measuring acceleration whilst the pre-programmed scan path is traversed (202), (iii)collecting probe data whilst the pre-programmed scan path is traversed, and (iv)using the acceleration measured to identify at least one acceleration zone of the pre-programmed scan path and thereby determine one or more positions along the scan path at which the probe data of step (iii)were collected.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 21/04 - Measuring arrangements or details thereof, where the measuring technique is not covered by the other groups of this subclass, unspecified or not relevant for measuring length, width, or thickness by measuring coordinates of points
  • G01B 5/008 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of mechanical techniques for measuring coordinates of points using coordinate measuring machines

95.

LASER BEAM SCANNER WITH LASER BEAMS POSITIONING OPTIC, OPTICAL FIBRES AND FIBRE TERMINATION OPTIC

      
Application Number EP2019062460
Publication Number 2019/219739
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-05-15
Publication Date 2019-11-21
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Weston, Nicholas, John
  • Mcfarland, Geoffrey

Abstract

This invention concerns a laser beam scanner comprising a laser beams positioning optic (120), a plurality of optical fibres (121) for delivering a plurality of laser beams (122a) and a fibre termination optic (123a) aligned to direct the laser beams from output ends of the plurality of optical fibres (121) to the laser beams positioning optic (120). The laser beams positioning optic (120) is movable relative to the fibre termination optic (123a) to scan the laser beams (122a) across a working surface (124).

IPC Classes  ?

  • B23K 26/06 - Shaping the laser beam, e.g. by masks or multi-focusing
  • B22F 3/105 - Sintering only by using electric current, laser radiation or plasma
  • B23K 26/342 - Build-up welding
  • B23K 26/082 - Scanning systems, i.e. devices involving movement of the laser beam relative to the laser head
  • B23K 26/042 - Automatically aligning the laser beam

96.

SELECTIVE LASER SOLIDIFICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD WITH SCANNING SEQUENCE SELECTED TO MINIMIZE EFFECT OF DEBRIS ON BUILD QUALITY

      
Application Number GB2019051182
Publication Number 2019/211587
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-04-29
Publication Date 2019-11-07
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Aswathanarayanaswamy, Ravi, Guttamindapalli
  • Saunders, Marc, Thomas, Berkeley

Abstract

This invention concerns a method of selecting a scanning sequence of a laser beam in a selective laser solidification process, in which one or more objects are formed layer-by-layer by, repeatedly, depositing a layer of powder on a powder bed and scanning a plurality of laser beams over the deposited powder to selectively solidify the powder layers, wherein a gas flow is passed over the powder bed in a gas flow direction. The method comprising selecting a scanning sequence for the plurality of laser beams to include the simultaneous exposure of an upstream point together with a downstream point located downstream of a flow of debris carried from the upstream point by the gas flow, the downstream and upstream points selected for simultaneous exposure based upon the downstream point being within a maximum separation distance from the upstream point.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B22F 3/105 - Sintering only by using electric current, laser radiation or plasma
  • B33Y 10/00 - Processes of additive manufacturing

97.

SURFACE FINISH STYLUS

      
Application Number GB2019051130
Publication Number 2019/207293
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-04-23
Publication Date 2019-10-31
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Lummes, Stephen, Edward
  • Holmes, Mark, James, Andrew

Abstract

A surface finish stylus (50; 190) for a multi-directional scanning probe (22) is described. The stylus has an elongate stylus shaft (52; 120; 140) having a longitudinal axis (L) and one or more contact elements (56; 124,126; 144, 146, 148; 196, 198) protruding from the elongate shaft (52; 120; 140) for contacting a surface (70,72) to be measured. The one or more contact elements (56; 124,126; 144, 146, 148; 196, 198) are configured to enable measurement of surface finish during motion of the stylus shaft (52; 120; 140) relative to a surface (70,72) along a measurement direction (Ml, M2; M3) that is non-parallel to the longitudinal axis (L). The multi-directional scanning probe (22) may be carried by a coordinate measuring machine or machine tool. Associated methods are also described.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 7/34 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of electric or magnetic techniques for measuring roughness or irregularity of surfaces
  • G01B 5/28 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of mechanical techniques for measuring roughness or irregularity of surfaces

98.

SURFACE FINISH STYLUS

      
Application Number GB2019051133
Publication Number 2019/207294
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-04-23
Publication Date 2019-10-31
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Lummes, Stephen, Edward
  • Holmes, Mark, James, Andrew

Abstract

A surface finish stylus(50)is described that includes an elongate stylus shaft (52;100) and a contact element (56;102) protruding from the elongate shaft for contacting a surface to be measured. The contact element (56;102) is deformable and the stylus shaft comprises a clamp for retaining the contact element(56;102), the contact element (56;102) being deformed by the clamp. The contact element (56;102) may comprise a metal, such as chromium steel or nitinol. The contact element (56;102) comprises one or more regions of weakness (82) to cause a required deformation when retained by the clamp. The surface finish stylus (50) may be used with a surface finish measurement probe (20) or the like.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 1/00 - Measuring instruments characterised by the selection of material therefor
  • G01B 5/012 - Contact-making feeler heads therefor
  • G01B 7/012 - Contact-making feeler heads therefor
  • G01B 5/28 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of mechanical techniques for measuring roughness or irregularity of surfaces
  • G01B 7/34 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of electric or magnetic techniques for measuring roughness or irregularity of surfaces

99.

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR POWDER BED ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

      
Application Number GB2019050672
Publication Number 2019/175556
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-03-12
Publication Date 2019-09-19
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Jones, Nicholas, Henry, Hannaford
  • Munday, Jonathan
  • Ewing, David, Garry, James
  • Sutcliffe, Christopher, John
  • Brown, Ceri

Abstract

This invention concerns a powder bed additive manufacturing apparatus comprising a build chamber (101), a build platform (102) located in the build chamber (101) for supporting the object (103) as it is built and a powder bed (104), a powder dispenser (109) for dispensing powder into the build chamber (101) to be formed into layers of the powder bed, a scanner (106) for directing an energy beam to solidify powder of the powder bed (104) and a powder transport system (120) for transporting powder from a powder input/recovery location to the dispenser (109). The powder transport system (120) may comprise a pneumatic powder transport system and a gas circuit for generating a gas flow of inert gas in which the powder is entrained to transport the powder to the dispenser (120). A gas dryer (128) may be provided for drying inert gas in the gas flow circuit, wherein the powder is entrained in the dried inert gas during transport to the powder dispenser (120).

IPC Classes  ?

  • B22F 3/105 - Sintering only by using electric current, laser radiation or plasma
  • B33Y 10/00 - Processes of additive manufacturing
  • B33Y 30/00 - ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, i.e. MANUFACTURING OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL [3D] OBJECTS BY ADDITIVE DEPOSITION, ADDITIVE AGGLOMERATION OR ADDITIVE LAYERING, e.g. BY 3D PRINTING, STEREOLITHOGRAPHY OR SELECTIVE LASER SINTERING - Details thereof or accessories therefor
  • B33Y 40/00 - Auxiliary operations or equipment, e.g. for material handling

100.

COORDINATE POSITIONING MACHINE

      
Application Number GB2019050507
Publication Number 2019/162697
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-02-25
Publication Date 2019-08-29
Owner RENISHAW PLC (United Kingdom)
Inventor
  • Duprez, Julius
  • Warren, Clive, Michael, England

Abstract

A method of calibrating a coordinate positioning machine is described. The machine is controlled into a pivot pose in which a target point associated with a moveable part of the machine and a pivot point associated with a fixed part of the machine are separated from one another by a known separation(s). An error value for that pose is determined based on the known separation (s) and a separation expected for that pose from the existing model parameters of the machine. The machine is controlled into a plurality of different target poses,and for each target pose a separation (S) between the target point and the pivot point is measured and an error value for that pose is determined based on the measured separation (S) and a separation expected for that pose from the existing model parameters. An overall error measure is determined from the error values, and a new parameter set is determined that would result in a lower overall error measure than for the existing parameter set. Also described is a ball adaptor and a ballbar extension piece.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01B 5/008 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of mechanical techniques for measuring coordinates of points using coordinate measuring machines
  • G01B 21/04 - Measuring arrangements or details thereof, where the measuring technique is not covered by the other groups of this subclass, unspecified or not relevant for measuring length, width, or thickness by measuring coordinates of points
  • B25J 9/16 - Programme controls
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