30. November 2020

LKR: Metal Components from the 3D printer

As a consortium leader and with the participation of RECENDT, LKR Leichtmetallkompetenzzentrum Ranshofen is taking the development of wire-based 3D printing in lightweight construction to the next level. The new COMET project “We3D” explores an innovative manufacturing technique: wire arc additive manufacturing (WAAM) is seen as a future key technology in the manufacture of sophisticated geometries that meet the highest standards of stability in batch size 1 and small series production.

With this technology, large 3D components can be manufactured out of new WAAM-compatible aluminium and magnesium welding rods in a way that ensures high quality and at the same time reduces the amount of materials, energy, costs and time required. The research objective is to take development of the technology to the next level for new applications in a wide range of industrial sectors such as the automotive, aerospace and mechanical engineering branches. Among the companies involved in this network of strong partners from science and industry centred in Upper Austria are Fronius International, INOCON Technologie, Linde Gas and x-technik IT & Medien.

(c) LKR Leichtmetallkompetenzzentrum Ranshofen GmbH