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Gefertec introduces new Arc80x WAAM 3D printer

Enabling larger, more efficient and more complex parts faster

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Large-format AM technologies are emerging by providing clearer value propositions. Among these WAAM stands out as one of the most cost-effective metal AM processes. Facing increasing competition from companies such as WAAM 3D and AML3D, the new Arc80x WAAM 3D printer from German AM hardware manufacturer Gefertec merges innovation with efficiency in a much larger machine than the previously introduced ARC 603 and ARC 605 models. With its mantra of “Think Smart, Think BIG, Think WAAM,” the Arc80x looks to set a new standard in additive manufacturing, challenging the norms of conventional production methods.

Conventional manufacturing vs. 3DMP WAAM technology

Conventional manufacturing methods have long been the cornerstone of production processes, relying on subtractive and formative techniques that often result in material wastage and limited design flexibility. In contrast, the Arc80x utilizes Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) technology, which revolutionizes the manufacturing landscape by building up very large components layer by layer. This approach not only minimizes material waste but also offers significant design freedom, allowing for the creation of complex geometries previously deemed unachievable.

At the core of the Arc80x’s appeal lies its ability to combine innovation with efficiency. The 3D printer boasts a modular design, enabling users to tailor the machine precisely to their specific requirements. Whether starting with the economically attractive basic version or opting for advanced functionalities, the Arc80x empowers manufacturers to optimize production processes while minimizing costs.

Gefertec introduces new Arc80x WAAM 3D printer enabling larger, more efficient and more complex parts faster

Efficiency and materials

One of the standout features of the Arc80x is its cost efficiency, offering significant savings compared to traditional manufacturing methods. Moreover, this 3D printer supports a wide range of materials, from metals to alloys, providing versatility in component production. By eliminating the need for costly tooling and reducing lead times, the Arc80x enhances cost-effectiveness without compromising on quality.

In an era of global supply chain disruptions, the Arc80x offers a solution that prioritizes reliability and independence. By enabling in-house production of components, manufacturers can mitigate risks associated with supply chain vulnerabilities. Moreover, the WAAM technology employed by the Arc80x ensures consistent and reliable quality, meeting the stringent standards of various industries.

Shorter lead times for tailored solutions

With the Arc80x, manufacturers can enjoy shorter lead times and faster time-to-market, thanks to its additive manufacturing capabilities. By streamlining production processes and eliminating the need for complex tooling, the Arc80x accelerates the product development cycle. Furthermore, its inherent design freedom allows for the realization of innovative concepts, unlocking new possibilities in product design and engineering.

Gefertec recognizes that every manufacturing journey is unique, which is why they offer a partnership-based process tailored to the specific needs of each customer. From technology familiarization to component screening and profitability analysis, Gefertec’s team of experts guides manufacturers through every step of the adoption process. With diverse financing models and comprehensive support, Gefertec ensures that customers maximize the benefits of the Arc80x from day one.

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