Lincoln Electric has released a new white paper which examines how wire-based additive manufacturing solves common industrial manufacturing challenges.

In the paper, Lincoln Electric identifies the challenges that can negatively impact production pipelines leading to production delays, downtime and increased costs. Some challenges identified include:

  • Malfunctioning of failing parts that are challenging to replace or difficult to repair.
  • Long lead times for castings and forgings of new parts, tooling or prototypes.
  • High cost of materials and shipping for heavy equipment and parts.
  • Product testing and industry regulations that cause delays and/or require redesigns or re-manufacturing of parts.

Titled, Addressing production challenges and go-to-market limitations with established additives manufacturing service providers, the paper also highlights how wire arc additive manufacturing can help large-format metal part manufacturers eliminate production bottlenecks, shorten delivery times and reduce prototype design and test cycles.

The process is ideal for parts larger than a basketball and can be readily scaled to several meters. Specific advantages include:

  • Reduction in lead times from months to weeks.
  • Greater design freedom and part consolidation.
  • Faster prototype testing.
  • Lighter weight parts and less waste.

“Manufacturers are under constant pressure to deliver faster, whether prototype, production or replacement parts, and recent events highlight the fragility of supply chains,” said Mark Douglass, Business Development Manager for Lincoln Electric Additive Solutions.

“Due to our advancements in additive technology, they now have an option for securing large metal parts from a trusted source in Lincoln Electric, reducing supply chain risk and lead times.”