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EPSRC Reference: EP/P031064/1
Title: Robotic Wire + Arc Additive Manufacuture
Principal Investigator: Williams, Professor SW
Other Investigators:
Ding, Dr J Colegrove, Dr PA
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Department: Sch of Aerospace, Transport & Manufact
Organisation: Cranfield University
Scheme: Technology Programme
Starts: 01 July 2017 Ends: 31 December 2019 Value (£): 202,981
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Manufacturing Machine & Plant Robotics & Autonomy
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Manufacturing
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3D printing or additive manufacture (AM) of metals has the potential to revolutionise some areas of industry such as aerospace and energy. This particularly applies if it can be used for the production of large parts at low cost and with high quality for critical engineering applications. It has been demonstrated on a laboratory scale that 3D printing based on conventional welding methods using an electric arc and wire feed to deposit weld beads in a layer wise fashion has the potential for this. However there are currently no commercial systems available to enable this to be exploited on an industrial scale. The objective of the RoboWAAM project is to develop a 3D metal printing system based on large scale flexible robotics and welding technology.

The developed system will be adaptable so that other process such as inspection can be incorporated during the printing of the part. This will ensure that the printed parts have the required high quality. The system will be suitable for subsequent commercialisation. Adoption of the system by industrial users will lead to significant cost savings in a range of industrial sectors including aerospace, construction and energy.

The project is a collaboration between Kuka Systems, Airbus Defence and Space, FMC Technologies, Glenalmond Group, CU and the University of Strathclyde (including the Advanced Forming Research Centre, which is one of the High Value Manufacturing Catapults).

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