Additive manufacturing (AM) is different from traditional subtractive or formative manufacturing processes. Building from the ‘bottom up’ layer by layer as opposed to forming by machining, removing material from a billet, or casting AM offers a high material utilization rate. This paper reviews recent developments in AM technologies, focusing on those techniques which have the capability of producing medium to high complexity larger scale parts within reasonable cycle times. Wire arc additive manufacturing (WAAM) is an AM method which uses a metal wire feedstock and an electric arc heat source to form the component. WAAM can offer a relatively high deposition rate (>10kg /hr) with resolution ≈ 1mm. The paper examines current WAAM technologies, exploring the parameters required to achieve process efficacy, including, management of stresses, deposition orientation and sensor inclusion for process control. It will be demonstrated that WAAM offers a realistic alternative to traditional manufacturing methods due to the potential for high deposition rates, relatively low equipment costs and ability to produce components with good mechanical properties.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 20 Jul 2018|
|Event||The 35th International Manufacturing Conference - Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland|
Duration: 20 Jun 2018 → 20 Jun 2018
|Conference||The 35th International Manufacturing Conference|
|Period||20/06/18 → 20/06/18|
- Additive Manufacture