Design for Wire and Arc Additive Layer Manufacture

Mehnen, J.; Ding, J.; Lockett, H. and Kazanas, P. (2011). Design for Wire and Arc Additive Layer Manufacture. In: Global Product Development: Proceedings of the 20th CIRP Design Conference, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Nantes, France, 19th-21st April 2010 (Bernard, Alain ed.), pp. 721–727.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-15973-2_73

Abstract

Additive Layer Manufacture (ALM) is a technique whereby freeform structures are produced by building up material in layers. RUAM (Ready-to-Use Additive Layer Manufacturing) is an innovative concept for building large scale metal ready-to-use parts. The design for RUAM has several process steps: the geometric design of the parts taking the complex process behaviour of the arc welding process into account; FEM to predict temperature and stress distributions to minimise part distortions; and efficient robot tool path design. This paper covers these essential design steps from a technical as well as practical point of view.

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