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3D printing with the best type of wire alloys

Christopher Eberl
Christopher Eberl is editorially responsible for the topics on the blog as well as for the apprentice website. With his stories he provides deep insights into the diverse world of the voestalpine Group.

Innovative wire arc additive manufacturing enables fast and extremely efficient manufacturing processes that will replace conventional methods such as casting and forging. voestalpine Böhler Welding provides the basis by manufacturing customized wires. Thanks to the metallurgical and application-specific expertise of its materials experts, the company is becoming a key player in this technological revolution.

The advantage of wire arc additive manufacturing is that a component can be accurately produced with virtually no material loss. Böhler Welding experts develop materials designed specifically for wire arc 3D printing. They also develop optimized processes for manufacturing solid wires and seamless flux cored wires that meet the highest quality requirements for surface finish and wire properties—the prerequisites for stable 3D printing processes.



Broad product portfolio

voestalpine Böhler Welding’s portfolio of 3D print products includes a wide range of technologically advanced alloys. It is vital to know exactly how these materials will behave during printing in order to achieve high-quality results. Each production step needs to be precisely coordinated to attain optimum wire feeding and arc stability.



Customized metallurgy

There are many reasons why 3D print wires from voestalpine Böhler Welding are so special. The precise drawing process offers the best surface quality. The special coating improves wire feeding. The wires are wound onto spools or into barrels in accordance with strict tolerances.


Load test protocols with acceptance criteria were established to demonstrate the excellent arc stability and wire feeding.


“The aforementioned advantages and a finely tuned printing process mean structures manufactured with 3D print wires from voestalpine Böhler Welding can meet the most demanding industrial requirements.”
Martin Peruzzi, CTO, voestalpine Böhler Welding

voestalpine Böhler Welding also offers top quality service. voestalpine experts and application engineers are available to assist customers as needed.


Christopher Eberl