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Wire-based Additive Manufacturing: Achieving Efficient and Customized Manufacturing

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29 February 2024

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Hao Yi, Chongqing University
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Huajun Cao, Chongqing University
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Wire-based Additive Manufacturing: Achieving Efficient and Customized Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing (AM) is a fast and flexible advanced technology for the manufacture of metal components with high geometric complexity. The current metal additive manufacturing technologies can be divided into powder-based AM and wire-based AM from the perspective of material supply form. Compared to powder-based AM, Wire-based AM has higher material usage efficiency with up to 100 % of the wire material deposited into the component, which does not need to consider the recycling of materials, and the cost of wire is lower and more readily available than metal powders with properties suitable for AM. Therefore, it is a more environmentally friendly and cost-competitive technology. Wire-based AM also has a much higher deposition rate of up to ~2500 cm3/h, giving it an unparalleled advantage in the efficient and customized manufacturing of large complex components.

Although the form of wire feeding greatly reduces the complexity and cost of the equipment, it also brings the low flexibility of material processing. The existing metal wire fabrication techniques limit the application of wire-based AM in low-working plastic materials, and multi-material deposition is also one of the challenges facing wire-based AM. At the same time, the high deposition efficiency reduces the resolution and complexity of the components, and how to strike a balance between a high deposition rate and high resolution is the primary problem to achieve the wide application of wire-based AM in modern industry.

This Article Collection of Virtual and Physical Prototyping entitled “Wire-based additive manufacturing” aimed to attract new knowledge in the field of wire-based additive manufacturing and highlights achieving efficient and customized manufacturing but also support the researchers/authors keeping abreast of developments in the area of material, process, and application.

The collection intends to cover (but is not limited to) the following topics:

  1. Material design and preparation for wire-based AM (refractory alloy wire, multi-strand wire, core wire, etc.)
  2. Multiple materials deposition (gradient materials, composite material, heterogeneous structural materials, etc.) of wire-based AM.
  3. Process development and optimization for wire-based AM (hot wire, multi-wire, energy field-assisted, etc.)
  4. In situ inspection of the process (measurement of geometry, defect perception, Temperature detection, etc.)
  5. Modelling and simulation in process and properties
  6. Applications of high-performance Wire-based AMed components

Keywords: Wire-based additive manufacturing; Material design; Manufacturing process; Modelling and simulation; Applications

All manuscripts submitted to this Article Collection will undergo a full peer-review; the Guest Advisor for this collection will not be handling the manuscripts (unless they are an Editorial Board member). Please review the journal scope and author submission instructions prior to submitting a manuscript.

The deadline for submitting manuscripts is 29 February 2024.

Prof. Hao Yi is an Associate Professor (Doctoral supervisor) at the State Key Laboratory of Mechanical Transmissions, Chongqing University, China. His research interests mainly include 3D printing and additive manufacturing, wire arc additive manufacturing, microdroplet printing, etc. He engaged in the research of metal additive manufacturing since 2012. He is serving as Editorial Board Member for academic journals related to additive manufacturing and green manufacturing, such as Virtual and Physical Prototyping (Taylor & Francis), International Journal of Precision Engineering and Manufacturing-Green Technology (Springer), Advanced Engineering Materials (Wiley), etc.

Prof. Huajun Cao is a Distinguished Professor at the College of Mechanical and Vehicle Engineering, Chongqing University, China. He is a leading scholar of green manufacturing and high-performance manufacturing in China. His research interests mainly include green manufacturing and remanufacturing, green and intelligent factory, and high-speed dry machining technology and equipment. He has been awarded various honors, including the Youth Changjiang Scholar of the Ministry of Education, National “Ten Thousand Talent Program” Leading Talents in Scientific and Technological Innovation, and the New Century Excellent Talents of the Ministry of Education. He is currently an expert on the National Key Specialized Project for Green Manufacturing Technology, a deputy director of the Environmental Protection and Green Manufacturing Branch of the Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society, and a member and deputy secretary-general of the National Green Manufacturing Technology Standardization Technical Committee. He has presided over and completed many major projects, such as the National Natural Science Foundation and the National Key R&D Program.

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All manuscripts submitted to this Article Collection will undergo desk assessment and peer-review as part of our standard editorial process. Guest Advisors for this collection will not be involved in peer-reviewing manuscripts unless they are an existing member of the Editorial Board. Please review the journal Aims and Scope and author submission instructions prior to submitting a manuscript.