WAAM3D was incorporated in 2018 to commercialise Cranfield University’s intellectual property in the field of wire-based directed-energy-deposition additive-manufacturing
The combination of an electric arc or a laser as heat sources, and metallic wires as feedstock is referred to as Wire-bAsed Additive Manufacturing (WAAM). Motion is typically provided by robotic arms or by CNC gantries, benefitting from the flexibility and scalability of these platforms. Multiple robotic arms can be combined together to deploy multiple processes simultaneously, and/or to achieve ever larger part sizes and higher deposition rates.
The inherently higher deposition rates achieved with WAAM processes make them suitable for large-scale engineering components, which can be printed in a timely manner, with reduced manufacturing waste and minimised cost. Despite proven business benefits, the lack of supply chain has hindered the deserved industrial adoption of WAAM processes.
WAAM3D sets out to create such supply chain, leveraging on decades of experience in each area of industrial implementation: thorough knowledge in processes, dedicated software tools, purposely designed hardware, raw materials, training and services – giving the first integrated commercial offer via a dedicated industrial ecosystem.
WAAM processes can be used in many industrial applications, especially those requiring high-value and mission critical parts, including: space, commercial aviation, defence, nuclear, renewables and oil & gas.
WAAM3D was established in 2018, and in February 202 received a major investment from Accuron Technologies Ltd.