WAAM3D Launches RoboWAAM Metal 3D Printing Platform at TCT 3Sixty


WAAM3D officially launched its RoboWAAM metal 3D printing platform at TCT 3Sixty this week.

The company, which emerged from Cranfield University by a team of researchers, says it aims to increase the development potential of multi-meter metal parts in industries such as aerospace, defense, oil and gas with an array of features that would be completely new to the large format metal 3D printing market.

Cranfield University has worked with Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) for almost two decades, and according to Filomeno Martina, CEO and co-founder of WAAM3D, this new 3D printer – a combination of hardware and sensing software developments – takes ‘ bringing large format metal 3D additive printing to the next level. Confirming its position, the team also won this year’s TCT Hardware Award – Non-Polymers for the machine at TCT price Wednesday night.

WAAM3D says the machine can process virtually any wire form material and has a maximum build envelope of 2 x 2 x 2 meters. Martina adds that the machine is “the ideal 3D printing option for new and repaired metal components that require high structural integrity, in a cost-effective way.”

The RoboWAAM uses a new real-time interferometric sensor called ShapeTech, which reconstructs the 3D profile of the deposited structure and extracts the layer height value all around the component to provide ongoing and immediate confidence in the consistency of the deposit. Additional features include dual-point temperature measurement capabilities to ensure consistent print conditions, electronic wire positioning for increased process stability, a process camera for molten pool imaging, a filtration and fume management, shielding for reactive materials with fully automatic purge.

The machine is controlled by WAAM3D’s in-house software which includes WAAMPlanner for slicing, toolpath planning and part transformation into executable code for the WAAM process. It also includes tools for clearing defects and controlling layer height, WAAMSim simulation software that provides a “game-inspired” virtual environment for collision detection and offline toolpath plan validation, and the WAAMCtrl operating system with digital twin capabilities and full printing process logging. .

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