Year

2020

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

School of Mechanical, Materials, Mechatronic and Biomedical Engineering

Abstract

Robotic wire and arc based additive manufacturing has been used in fabricating of metallic parts owing to its advantages of lower capital investment, higher deposition rates, and better material properties. Although many achievements have been made, the build direction of Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) is still limited in the vertical up direction, resulting in extra supporting structure usage while fabricating metallic parts with overhanging features. Thus, the current WAAM technology should be also called 2.5D printing rather than 3D printing. In order to simplify the deposition set up and increase the flexibility of the WAAM process, it is necessary to find an alternative approach for the deposition of ‘overhangs’ in a true 3D space. This dissertation attempts to realize true 3D printing by developing a novel multi directional WAAM system using robotic Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) to additively manufacture metal components in multiple directions. Several key steps including process development, welding defect investigation and avoidance, and robot path generation are presented in this study.

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