3D printing technology has historically been restricted to printing small components, but Lincoln Electric’s wire-arc AM is breaking size and weight barriers with its innovative process.
Advances in wire-based additive manufacturing (AM) technology have created new opportunities for prototyping, legacy part production, and aerospace tooling.
WAAM uses GMAW to create layers out of metal wire to grow large parts. Additive manufacturing (AM) is a layered manufacturing process in which layers upon layers of material are stacked upon one another and fused together to make a singular object.
The Additive Report Article on 3D Printers
WAAM’s ability to produce near-net-shape parts without tooling, molds, or furnaces reduces production time
“We’re very good at executing the path planning while also monitoring what is happening in the middle of the deposition. . . “ Mark Douglass, Business Development Manager, Lincoln Electric Additive Solutions
“We are uniquely aligned to collaborate with ORNL to expand the capabilities of wire DED,” Tom Matthews, senior vice president for technology and R&D, Lincoln Electric
Tony Uphoff of Thomas comments on Aerospace Sourcing Trends
“Demand for lighter weight and greater fuel efficiency drives the development of more composite components for aerospace,” Brian Baker, Vice-President and General Manager, Baker Industries