Kingsbury, a supplier of metal cutting systems to the UK and Irish manufacturing industry, based in Gosport, Hampshire, UK, has signed a distribution contract with Gefertec GmbH, Berlin, Germany, to become the exclusive supplier of its Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) machines in the UK, Ireland and the Gulf.
Gefertec’s 3DMP® technology is based on modern arc welding and CAD for metal part production. The company’s software uses CAD data and converts it into individual digital build ‘layers’ before the blank part is additively manufactured, followed by a 3D scan for quality control and subsequent milling to net shape. In comparison to conventional subtractive machining, 3DMP® is believed to be an economic and efficient AM method, with possible savings in production costs of up to 60%.
Richard Kingsbury, Managing Director of Kingsbury, stated, “Gefertec’s metal AM technology fits perfectly with our existing French agency lines of AddUp Laser Powder Bed Fusion (L-PBF) machines and production lines, and direct energy deposition equipment from its BeAM subsidiary. There are tremendous advantages with WAAM. Chief amongst these is that standard MIG/MAG welding wire is used as the raw feedstock to create parts rapidly within a large build envelope. Such wire is relatively inexpensive and readily available in a wide range of metals.”
“Gefertec’s proprietary 3DMP technology, which is a CAD to layer-by-layer arc welding process on a machine platform controlled by the familiar Siemens 840D CNC, transforms our offering to customers,” he concluded.
Tobias Röhrich, CEO of Gefertec, commented, “With more than sixty years of experience in the relevant markets and industries, Kingsbury is a perfect partner for us. We share with them the same vision of a long-term cooperation and of offering our customers more than just hardware but efficient production solutions for quantities down to a batch size of one.”
Röhrich added, “With Kingsbury’s expertise and passion for manufacturing, we will make the benefits of our award-winning 3DMP technology a success for customers in the UK, Ireland and the Gulf.”