With the proliferation and diversification of metal additive manufacturing (AM) processes in recent years, effective decision tools for process selection are of increasing importance. This paper presents a novel time activity based cost model for Wire-Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM), an emergent metal AM technology. The full process chain is modelled and a tool-path based deposition cost employed. The results show that WAAM has significant potential as a cost-effective manufacturing approach compared to other AM and conventional CNC machining methods. Sensitivity analysis identifies indirect costs as a key cost driver generally, with parts per build plate, and shielding cost having significance for smaller and larger parts respectively.
|Publication status||Published - 18 Sep 2017|
|Event||27th International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing - Modena, Modena, Italy|
Duration: 27 Jun 2017 → 30 Jun 2017
Conference number: 27
|Conference||27th International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing|
|Period||27/06/17 → 30/06/17|