Consider Our Large Format Metal Additive Services

With a new process comes new possibilities for parts, tooling, molds and prototypes. Choose Lincoln Electric Additive Solutions wire-based metal additive manufacturing for your large part application. We can provide your business with several advantages over traditional manufacturing processes.

Commercial Considerations

  • Reduce Turn-Around Time

    Reduce prototype and part lead times from months to weeks, especially compared to castings/forgings

  • Expand Design Freedom

    Reduce weight and mix multiple materials

  • Produce Functional Prototypes

    Quickly test actual use in real environments

  • Reduce Inventory Costs

    Print on demand and eliminate supply chain bottlenecks

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    Part Consolidation

    Drive down the number of parts to assemble

  • Reduce Manufacturing Operations

    Fewer operations, fewer handoffs

  • Reduce Material Waste

    Use less material compared to subtractive processes

Physical Considerations

Not your Typical Robotic Programming

CAD to Path Planning

With large format wire-based metal additive manufacturing, the part is manipulated while depositing. Advanced software is critical to address complex path planning and coordinated motion between the robot and the positioner.

Accelerate Your Projects

Reduce Time to Market

Eliminate tooling bottlenecks. Shorten delivery times on long lead products. Compress prototype design and test cycles.

Your Complete CAD to Finished Part Provider

Save time, reduce direct and indirect costs and operate with greater efficiency compared to traditional manufacturing operations.

Metal additive solutions have been limited to smaller-sized parts using metal powders. While fast, customers have had to compromise on size material waste and porosity limitations. Wire-based metal additive technology eliminates those trade-offs and delivers advantages over traditional manufacturing processes.

Extensive Metal Deposition Knowledge

As a leading innovator in castings/forgings R & D and manufacture of steel, stainless steel and aluminum consumables, our metallurgical knowledge is now applied to the controlled thermal cycling required for metal additive feedstocks.

Complete Deposition Control

Understanding feedstock chemistry is one thing; understanding how to implement predictable and consistent deposition using additive GMAW-P or laser hot wire processes is its own science.

CAD to Path Software

Proprietary SculptPrint modeling software slices your CAD model, determines an optimal path for material deposition and incorporates optimized process parameters for each layer.

Flexible Automation

Lincoln Electric companies manufacture and integrate the systems we use to build your parts, including the robotic systems, power sources, wire feeders, coordinated motion positioners, application-specific Waveform Control Technology®, and Industry 4.0 IoT-ready production monitoring and additive feedback systems.

Additive & Subtractive Capabilities

Lincoln Electric Additive Solutions will produce a finished part to your specifications, including a controlled additive build, machining and other operations required to deliver a complete assembly. Industry certifications include QC/QA, ISO 9001, Nadcap, and AS9100D. To learn more about our machining and assembly capabilities, visit Baker Industries, a Lincoln Electric Company.

Feedstock Manufacturer

As an integrated manufacturer, Lincoln Electric produces the additive feedstock material we use to build your parts. These materials are produced to extremely tight chemical composition tolerances and feature controlled surface treatments, precision layer winding and appropriate bulk packaging for additive applications.

How We Deliver

How We Deliver the Best Additive Solution for Your Application

Lincoln Electric Additive Solutions is uniquely positioned in this space to bring the right experience and technologies to bear for your project, based on your material and application requirements. Using GMAW arc welding or laser hot-wire processes, we can tap into a deep well of welding deposit, equipment and automation knowledge to meet your needs.

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Our Process

How We Help Our Customers Every Step of the Way

Every step is customized to deliver the material and design for your specific application. Every conversation is a collaboration between our team and yours. Every outcome is designed to meet your operational needs.

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Collaborate

Connecting our experts with your experts
  • Part Design
  • Materials
  • Functional Requirements
  • Additive Manufacturing Process

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Designing with additive in mind, we look for ways to reduce weight, increase strength, combine materials for best advantage, merge additive and subtractive processes and add functional features not possible using traditional manufacturing methods. Our goal is to reduce part costs, improve lead times and enhance part performance.

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Preparation and Customer Review

  • Price
  • Schedule
  • Deliverables

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This is our opportunity to confirm for your team and ours what will be delivered, including a final check on part design, build strategy, testing, prototyping and final processing.

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Print / Process

Turn-Key Part Fabrication
  • Prototype
  • Near-net Shape
  • Heat Treating and Other Processing
  • Machining
  • Part Finishing

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Parts are printed, monitored for bead height and positional stacking, inspected and moved to post processing as requested. Functional prototypes may require less processing, while low volume parts or field failure repair tasks may require finish machining.

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Deliver

Receive Your Part in a Fraction of the Time
  • Final Inspection
  • Available Testing
  • Drop Shipment
  • Post-Project Evaluation

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Parts are drop-shipped to your destination from start to finish in a few days or weeks compared to several weeks or months for many traditional fabrication operations.

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Where we excel

Industries and Applications

Energy, Power Gen, Oil & Gas

Tool & Die

Transportation

Heavy Equipment

General Industrial

Aerospace & Defense

Extra Resources & Case Studies

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Audio Interview with Lincoln Electric's Mark Douglass

Audio Interview with Lincoln Electric's Mark Douglass

At the AeroDef conference in Long Beach, Calif., Lincoln Electric’s Mark Douglass talks about acquiring Baker Industries, experimenting in additive manufacturing—and planning to specialize in large-format metal AM: parts that are larger than a microwave. AM is a significant “growth leg” in the 124-year-old firm’s just-hatched 2025 plan, he noted. Among the concrete examples in AM his firm can point to already: Oakridge National Labs now has three of Lincoln’s robotic AM systems for producing large metal parts. Lincoln is set to this year open a 3D printing facility in Cleveland.

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