WAAMCtrl

Command our machine and keep an eye on the building process

The brain and eyes of the process

WAAMCtrl enables control of the entire deposition process from the operator's desk via its user-centric interface. Moreover, as in additive manufacture properties and geometry are generated at the same time, it is absolutely key to monitor all relevant process variables (dependent and independent) to demonstrate parts are fit-for-purpose. Our WAAMCtrl package reads the data streamed from several sensors, displays it to the operator in a convenient dashboard during manufacture, and logs it in a database for quality assurance. Moreover, our proprietary closed-feedback-loops on wire position adjustment (for off-axis-feed processes) ensures continued optimal metal transfer. NOTE: available only in combination with WAAMSense and as part of our integrated turnkey solutions.

The position of the end effector is recorded throughout the deposition process. The recorded trajectory is then matched with the data coming from all the other sensors.

Achieving the target layer height is just as important as is challenging, in directed-energy-deposition processes. Based on our unique laser interferometric solution, the layer height is continuously monitored and recorded, without any need to interrupt the process. This capability potentially enables the operator to perform corrective actions immediately, should the deviation be unacceptable.

A high-resolution camera looks at the side of the melt-pool and enables the operator to monitor the behaviour of the process remotely.

Arc current and arc voltage are monitored and their values recorded for quality control and assurance.

Wire feed speed is monitored and its value recorded for quality control and assurance.

Our proprietary closed-feedback-loops on wire position (for off-axis-feed processes) automatically adjusts the position of the wire, ensuring continued optimal metal transfer.

The temperatures before and after the deposition are continuously monitored and recorded by two pyrometers. These temperature values are used also to know when to start deposition, or to interrupt local gas shielding in the case of reactive materials like titanium.

The oxygen content within the deposition environment in continuously monitored and recorded.

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