The Large Scale WAAM technology developed by Fronius has applications in Aerospace, Defence, Oil & Gas and Maritime sectors
Shree Rapid Technologies the enabler of 3D technology in India has partnered with Fronius the global leader in Innovation and Technology, to provide its large-scale Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) technology.
The partnership is developed with an aim to build the Indian manufacturing industry and making it Atmanirbhar.
Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) Technology
Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) is generating a huge amount of interest across industries for Arc-based manufacturing. Building up layers allows for a high degree of flexibility in component geometry for prototypes and small-batch production runs in particular WAAM is a more cost-effective solution than other additive processes for metal.
WAAM is a common variant of the Directed Energy Deposition (DED) technology that uses an arc welding process to 3D print metal parts. It uses a metal wire that is melted with an electric arc. The melted material is then deposited by a robotic arm onto a substrate from which the final part can be easily cut off. The wire, when melted, is extruded in the form of beads on the substrate. As the beads stick together, they create a layer of metal material. The process is then repeated, layer by layer until the metal part is completed.
Shree Rapid and Fronius Partnership
With the aim of being an end-to-end AM workflow provider unlike any other in the world, providing its clients with the opportunity to Design, Produce and Post Process production ready parts under one roof SRT is set to become India’s only complete Digital Manufacturing Workflow supplier. Taking the first step in achieving its target, SRT’s partnership with Fronius to provide the Indian manufacturing industry with innovative technologies such as WAAM, Wire arc additive manufacturing is a wire-based process, and uses the gas metal arc welding process (GMAW). WAAM itself offers a number of advantages besides its high deposition rate (up to four kilograms per hour with steel materials).
Both Fronius and Shree Rapid Technologies have individually enjoyed strong growth in the past years and proved successful on the market. The aim is to further strengthen this leading technological position together, especially in the area of 3D Printing. The combination of existing products and solutions as well as joint efforts in the future will lay the foundation for shaping and growing the Additive Manufacturing market in India.
Mr. V. V. Kamath – Managing Director, Fronius India Private Limited commented, “The partnership is evolved around the idea of keeping futuristic demands of the markets as well as conserving precious metals used in the manufacturing. We are confident that Metal 3D printing in India will see a new dimension with this strong partnership!”
“Fronius, the global leader in innovation and technology, having them on board with us is of a great advantage to boost our aim of being the sole provider of end-to-end solutions in the Indian AM industry offering the best brands, providing our customers with the best solutions based on their specific needs and developing the Indian Digital Manufacturing Sector.”Mr. Nitin Chaudhari, Partner, SRT
This announcement comes close on heels of another partnership by Shree Rapid with GOM – a Zeiss company and manufacturer of precision scanners.
About SRT: Shree Rapid Technologies, an industry leader in supplying Additive Manufacturing Technology and Services, with global partners such as Zeiss, GOM, 3D Systems, Markforged, 3D Ceram, Fronius, Materialise, MiiCraft, Zortrax, Techmeta, Titomic, 3Shape, Cartacci, M.A.E and DyeMansion, was founded in 2007 by Mr. Nitin Chaudhari & Mr. Shashidhar Kumar who were one of the first promoters of additive manufacturing in India.
About Fronius: Fronius India is 100% subsidiary of Fronius International GmbH,an Austrian company with headquarters in Pettenbach and other sites in Wels, Thalheim, Steinhaus and Sattledt in Austria. Fronius has been providing Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing solutions through CMT welding process in the field of 3D printing since more than a decade. Has strategic collaboration with major R&D and space research organizations, universities in the field of WAAM. To name a few Cranfield University, Indian Institute of Technology, Relativity Space & SpaceX.
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