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Gefertec Arc80X expands range of WAAM 3D printers

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Gefertec has introduced the Arc80X series, its new generation of Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing capable of 3D Printing large parts using metal wire feedstock.

At launch there are two versions of the Arc80X. A 3-axis version features a production system with an assembly space of 2 x 2 x 2m and can produce parts with a total mass of up to 8,000 kg.

A 5-axis version can print parts with a diameter of up to 0.9 m and a height of up to 1.4 m, with a maximum mass of 500kg. The modular design of the Arc80X means users can configure their own DED 3D Printer for their requirements.

Traditional metal inert gas welding is used for the 3D printing process, and is combined with CAM software and a Sinumerik control architecture. An inert gas box is optional and enables printing in a closed inert gas atmosphere, allowing the unit to process sensitive materials such as titanium.

Both axis versions rely on a CNC-controlled linear axis system and boast automated functions including integrated tool measurement, gas nozzle cleaning and wire cutting. The Arc80X also has a process monitor that records and stores relevant data during the printing process, helping ensure part quality.

Temperature tracking is operated by an integrated Sensortherm pyrometer, while an arc cooling system enables local cooling via cooling gas.

Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) is increasing in popularity due to a cost-effective manufacturing process and the ability to print metal components without the need for assembly and welding.

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The Arc80X now tops out the Berlin-based Gerfertec’s family of wire-arc 3D printers, which includes the smaller Arc40X and Arc60X models.

DED 3D printing comes of age


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