Despite visions of entirely 3D-printed buildings, WAAM will not replace traditional construction methods – at least not in the short term. However, WAAM offers significant opportunities as an addition to traditional tools. Moreover, WAAM has several important benefits such as smart manufacturing, increased design flexibility, and material waste reduction for the broader adoption of metal 3D printing in the construction industry for large-scale components such as customized and optimized trusses, as proudly presented in the INTEGRADDE demonstrator.
Based on extensive experience, advanced research, and customer requirements, MX3D has recently launched a turnkey solution, the M1 Metal AM System. The robotic WAAM system runs on the company’s proprietary software MetalXL and comes with the MetalXL Control System that monitors and logs all relevant building parameters using voltage, amperage, gas, and temperature sensors. The system has automated calibration routines built in to minimize downtime during non-stop production. The M1 Metal AM System provides a cost-effective and complete solution allowing for the architecture, engineering, and construction industry to 3D print medium to large industrial metal parts in-house.