Design study for wire and arc additive manufacture

Mehnen, Jorn; Ding, Jialuo; Lockett, Helen and Kazanas, Panos (2014). Design study for wire and arc additive manufacture. International Journal of Product Development, 19(1/2/3) pp. 2–20.




Additive Manufacture (AM) is a technique whereby freeform structures are produced by building up material in a layer by layer fashion. Among the different AM processes, Wire and Arc Additive Manufacture (WAAM) has the ability to manufacture large custom-made metal workpiece with high efficiency. A design study has been performed to explore the process capabilities of fabricating complicated geometries using WAAM. Features such as enclosed structures, crossing structures, and balanced building structures have been investigated in this study. Finite Element (FE) models are employed to take the thermo-mechanical performance into account. Robot tool path design has been performed to transfer the WAAM component designs into real components efficiently. This paper covers these essential design steps from a technical as well as practical point of view.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 49629
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 1741-8178
  • Project Funding Details
  • Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
    RUAM (Ready to Use Additive Manufacturing) project131EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
  • Extra Information
  • This paper is a revised and expanded version of a paper entitled ‘Design forwire and arc additive layer manufacture’ presented at the ‘Proceedings of the20th CIRP Design Conference’, Nantes, France, 19–21 April 2010.
  • Keywords
  • additive manufacture; wire and arc additive manufacture; design for manufacture; FE simulation
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
    Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Copyright Holders
  • © 2014 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
  • Depositing User
  • Helen Lockett