Designing, building and using the world’s largest metal 3D printer: a 10-metre dual-robot monster
Metal 3D printing is coming to prominence thanks to its advantages in terms of design freedom. However, other benefits such as reduction in both material waste and lead-time are attractive, especially for large primary structures currently machined from forging or solid billets. How do we down-select AM processes to choose the right one(s) for these applications? How do we then design machines and processing steps capable of delivering such parts with the required properties? Is there any limit to the size of what we can target? What will machines and shop floors look like in 10 years?
The talk will address these burning questions, and present real industry-driven examples coming from Cranfield University’s WAAMMat programme. Case studies and business justifications will be provided to support the adoption of large-scale metal AM in manufacturing