Nordmetall GmbH, a materials testing specialist located in Neukirchen, Germany, has acquired an arc403 system for wire-arc metal Additive Manufacturing from Gefertec GmbH, Berlin, Germany. The addition of the new machine is expected to improve its process technologies as it undertakes R&D projects aimed at advancing technologies for the production of components from high-strength steels.
Gefertec’s arc403 uses the company’s 3DMP® process, based on arc welding technology using wire as the starting material. The advantages of wire-arc metal AM include the build speeds available, the ease of handling wire feedstock as opposed to loose powder, and the feedstock’s comparative affordability. The arc403 enables 3-axis production of metal components to a maximum mass of 800 kg.
“We work on many customer projects that include components made from high-strength steels – and build-up welding is one of our standard manufacturing techniques,” stated Dr Norman Herzig, Nordmetall CEO. “Now, with our new arc403, we can automate this process instead of relying on manual operations. This Additive Manufacturing technique has great potential for reducing the time required to produce components made from high-strength steels – and lowering costs at the same time!”