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Factors to Consider when Choosing a DED Process

With rapid deposition, material versatility, and large-scale production capacity, DED processes are versatile and powerful additive manufacturing tools. These processes can be used for rapid prototyping and tooling, repair and cladding and customisation projects. Which DED process is right for your needs?



Application-Specific DED Processes

As additive manufacturing technologies continue to evolve, finding the right DED process for your needs becomes increasingly important. Production efficiency, cost effectiveness, and quality of manufactured parts are all dependent on this choice....



Directed Energy Deposition – Back to Basics

Directed Energy Deposition (DED) is a manufacturing process that is opening exciting opportunities for metal component creation and repair. We've created an overview of what DED is and where wire arc additive manufacturing (WAAM) fits into the picture.



WAAM3D – Leading the Way on Quality Monitoring and Remediation

High surface quality and dimensional accuracy are key in the WAAM process, particularly as the part is built up using a layer-by-layer process. So how can quality be monitored accurately to ensure a more controlled deposition process?



DED-Based Additive Manufacturing and WAAM’s Continued Rise

3D printing has come on leaps and bounds over recent years and there is now a wide range of Directed Energy Deposition (DED) 3D printing techniques available to manufacturers looking to produce or repair components. One process in particular - Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing, has benefited from intensive research and now stands head and shoulders above the rest.



Stewart Williams - Team Spotlight

It is time to introduce you to another of our great team here at WAAM3D and it is fair to say that WAAM would not be in the position it is today without the hard work and commitment of this person. Stewart Williams is one of the company’s founders and Technical Director at WAAM3D. He also is a Professor at Cranfield University where he is director of the Welding and Additive Manufacturing Centre.



Why WAAM is a Hot Topic for Oil and Gas Operators

Oil and gas providers are having to manage the increasing demands being placed on the industry for affordable, secure and clean energy solutions. WAAM can help to bring a new level of control to the replacement and repair of medium-to-large-scale components for the oil and gas industries.



Cranfield Graduates - Team Spotlight

Thanks to our strong link with Cranfield University, we're able to continually push the boundaries of 3D metal printing, with the best team of highly trained engineers. In this blog, we sat down with some of Cranfield's finest graduates, who now work with us as additive manufacturing engineers. Meet Aravindh Kumaran and Parthiban Raja.



WAAM – a Sustainable Solution

As governmental mindsets around fossil fuel emissions continue to shift, the interest in metal additive manufacturing continues on an upwards curve. As raw material production is by far the major contributor to a product’s environmental impact, processes such as WAAM can offer manufacturers significant carbon emission and carbon footprint reductions.



Ensuring Mechanical Integrity in New Parts

Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing, or WAAM is becoming increasingly popular as a way of creating medium- to large-sized metal 3D printed components. However, how can the mechanical integrity of such new printed parts be ensured?



WAAM – Answering Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

We answer some of our most frequently asked questions including: What are the advantages of WAAM? Where can the WAAM process be used? And much more...



3D Component Printing Encourages Smooth Running for Marine Applications

When it comes to leveraging technology to improve margins and efficiency in the marine industry, WAAM is becoming an important tool in the large-scale component fabrication and maintenance toolbox.



Jialuo Ding - Team Spotlight

It's time to introduce you to another of our great team here at WAAM3D. In fact, without this person, WAAM3D would not be the company it is today...



Shakirudeen Lasisi - Team Spotlight

We have a great team here at WAAM3D, so, over the coming year we will be introducing you to a few of them. First off, we shine the spotlight on the amazing Shakir, our Senior Development Engineer.



Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing Enables Waste, Footprint and Cost Reduction

Because of the material savings achieved using WAAM, a manufacturer’s environmental performance can be improved when it comes to component creation and repair. WAAM has long been used to repair structures, extending the life of components, and delivering significant energy and CO2 emission savings.



WAAMCtrl and What it Does

Key to the success of any component is that it meets set parameters and is safe. Wire-arc additive manufacturing can deliver many benefits to manufacturers, yet in the past the qualification and production aspects of the process were more difficult to monitor. Now, thanks to the introduction of WAAMCtrl®, a digital quality control tool with the support of robust Statistical Process Control (SPC) is now possible.



Reducing Component Part Costs Using WAAM

The WAAM process delivers many benefits, one of which is its potential to reduce parts costs for manufacturers. How does WAAM do this?



Reducing Repair Costs Using WAAM

WAAM is unique in its ability to repair parts that would otherwise be scrapped, in a way that retains or enhances the original mechanical characteristics of the part in a resource-efficient manner.



WAAM Offers Design Flexibility

WAAM3D is helping take prototype production and design adaptations to the next level, thanks to advancements in large format 3D metal additive printing.



The RoboWAAM System as the Tool of Choice for R&D

WAAM3D’s RoboWAAM is a 3D metal additive manufacturing machine engineered and built for WAAM in the UK. Powered by the operating system WAAMCtrl, it has novel sensors, specialised end-effectors and advanced health and safety solutions.



How Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing Cuts Time to Market for Marine Applications

As more and more marine providers look to increase their efficiencies, one area which has significant potential for time and cost savings is the use of 3D metal component printing for both fabrication and repairs.



How Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing Cuts Time to Market for Aerospace

In today’s operating landscape, it is cradle-to-gate costs that make the difference for aerospace contract profitability. As more and more companies look to increase the manufacturing efficiency of their medium-to-large scale engineering components, Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM®) can help cut time to market.



How Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing Benefits Oil and Gas Operators

In a sector used to highs and lows, the oil and gas industry has seen more changes than most since the pandemic rocked the world. Environmental decisions have been accelerated for operators, and future strategies are now being decided around government commitments to clean energy, as well as shifting end user consumption patterns and consolidation in low-priced environments.



WAAM or Subtractive Manufacturing?

Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) offers the ultimate potential for minimising waste.



Wire or Powder-Based Additive Manufacturing?

If a Wire versus Powder comparison is carried out, it is easy to see where WAAM stands out.



WAAM or Forging?

A new manufacturing method in the engineer's toolbox.



A Different Approach to the Repair of Large Industrial Structures

‘Make do and mend’ might be a phrase we are more familiar with from the 1940s, however, the ethos behind it - ‘repair don’t replace’ - is gathering momentum in industrial applications.



Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing – the Future of Large-Scale 3D Printing

An overview of where WAAM comes from!