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State of the art in WAAM

  • 13 Jul 2022
  • 7:00 PM
  • Zoom Meeting


South Western Branch Technical Talk

This is a South Western Branch event organised and run by our South Western  Branch for its members. Other members and non-members are welcome to join us.

Overview: Despite its forecasted paybacks in terms of cost savings, material wastage reduction, lead time compression, supply chain simplification and even environmental performance, the Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) process is yet to see widespread industrial adoption. Arguably, the control of thermal effects, the management of residual stress, and the assurance of structural integrity are key limiting factor for those critical applications that would benefit from WAAM the most. Moreover, in terms of build rates, and for large structures, despite speeds that are substantially larger than powder-based technologies, the current limitations associated with power sources borrowed from the welding world make WAAM still an impractical choice.

This presentation will focus on how hardware and software designed from the ground up for WAAM can help overcome the aforementioned challenges. In particular, the talk will focus on solutions for tool path planning and parameters calculation; the development and integration of brand-new sensing systems; auxiliary automation systems around an ideal WAAM system; the validation of build rates up to 15kg/h; and control software that offers a fully-auditable trail for part manufacture within a smart shopfloor and the extended network of factories. Case studies from the aerospace and energy worlds will support and demonstrate the solutions covered.

Speaker: Dr Filomeno Martina CEO of WAAM3D Ltd

Speaker Biography: Dr Filomeno Martina is the CEO of WAAM3D Ltd, a spin-out company of Cranfield University commercialising the Wire+Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) process. Prior to this, he was Senior Lecturer in Additive Manufacturing at the Welding Engineering and Laser Processing Centre, Cranfield University, where he was the course director of the first MSc on Metal Additive Manufacturing in Europe. He is member of ISO/TC 261/JWG 5, BSI PAS 6010, 6011 and 6012, and AMS7002A. He received his PhD in Additive Manufacturing from Cranfield University in 2014; the main focus of his doctoral research was the manipulation of geometry, microstructure and mechanical properties of large WAAM titanium deposits. Previously he earned an MSc also from Cranfield and an MEng in Industrial and Management Engineering from Polytechnic of Bari (Italy). He has received awards from BAE Systems (2010, 2018), Royal Aeronautical Society (2013), European Space Agency (2015), and The Welding Institute (2018). He counts >50 publications to his name since 2013

Continuing Professional Development (CPD): Attending this event supports your professional development.  You can claim 2 CPD points per hour for this event.  As a member of the Welding Institute you can record your CPD activity online from your membership portal.

Additional Information:

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