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TWI Installs New Welding and Arc Based AM Equipment

Mon, 23 January, 2023

TWI has recently installed a Kuka KR16-3 S welding robot at its headquarters in Cambridge. The robotic system has been integrated with a SBI PMI-350 AC/DC TL plasma welding power source with support from Kuka Robotics UK (TWI Industrial Member) and SBI International, Austria.

The integrated six-axis robotic system provides flexibility in operation and unique AC plasma and TIG arc capabilities for welding and additive manufacturing (AM), and becomes the newest addition to TWI’s existing DED-arc equipment. The system is capable of handling a range of materials in wire form such as Ti-6Al-4V, nickel based alloys, aluminium alloys, stainless steels, carbon steels and magnesium alloys.

The integrated system has been used for DED plasma arc additive manufacturing for a number of ongoing Innovate-UK funded collaborative projects, such as Novel material and manufacturing methods for direct energy deposition (NOMAD) and NanoTi - Grain refinement of Ti-6Al-4V wire to enable Aerospace DED AM.

TWI is planning to integrate robotic CAM capability and in-process monitoring and inspection with the system, to enable fully automated welding and DED-arc AM for complex designs.

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