Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM): 3D printing with the best-in-class wire alloys
Additive manufacturing – popularly known as 3D printing – is one of the most revolutionary new manufacturing methods of our time.
Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing is a new disruptive technology that is being enthusiastically adopted at voestalpine Böhler Welding for its leading brand Böhler Welding. It not only allows almost lossless processing of high-value material but also results in high-strength components with a flexibility that would not be conceivable using conventional methods. Up to now, manufacturing methods such as casting / milling and forging have been used for production of large components. Material is removed from a casting or blank and creates scrap. The specialists at Böhler Welding are researching special materials for the optimized production of highest quality solid and seamless cored wires with excellent surface finishing and properties required for a stable 3D printing processes.
A revolutionary technology shapes the future of our life
Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing enables fast and highly efficient production processes replacing conventional technologies as casting and forging. The machining effort like milling and drilling is reduced to a minimum due to a near-netshape using WAAM. Lead times can be reduced dramatically by high utilization of the wire consumables and by simplification of the production process in general. Especially as the Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing is based on the well-known technology of joining and cladding materials with a wide range of commercialy available wire consumables from unalloyed, mid- and high alloyed steels.
Key Benefits for Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing
- Wide range of deposition rates (low to high)
- Near-Net shape and therefore reduced material loss
- Conventional machining time reduced to minimum
- Reduced lead times
- Good structural integrity
- Low to medium complexity components
For Demanding Industries, e.g.
- Mechanical Engineering & Machinery
- Oil & Gas Upstream and Offshore
- Chemical Industry
- Power generation
Best quality wire alloys for a revolutionary technology
With the manufacturing of wires which are tailor-made to its specific purpose, voestalpine Böhler Welding is creating the basis for innovative Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing. The metallurgical and application knowhow of its materials specialists makes the company a central element in this technological revolution.
Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing is also presented on Schweissen & Schneiden 2017! Get all info about the fair here!