08 December 2021
“WintWire Ltd, a Sheffield based manufacturer of specialty wires including stainless steels, nickel alloys, ferrous and non-ferrous metals have won a share of a £1.2M Innovate UK Smart Grant (part […]
“WintWire Ltd, a Sheffield based manufacturer of specialty wires including stainless steels, nickel alloys, ferrous and non-ferrous metals have won a share of a £1.2M Innovate UK Smart Grant (part of UK Research and Innovation, driving productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses). The consortium faced an extremely competitive bidding process for the grant, coming up against other groundbreaking research and development projects.
The grant will fund a research and development project based on High Productivity Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (HPWAAM). The process known as WAAM, is the combination of an electric arc as heat source and wire as feedstock (raw material), to 3D print large scale components for industries such as mining, oil and gas, aerospace, construction and engineering.
Managing Director Ben Turner who has recently worked on a British Standard for the application said:
“The success rate of such applications is as low as a few percent and with the current climate the number of applications was very high, which is a testament to the unique value of this project. WintWire has just recorded a record year despite the pandemic and has the potential to be catapulted to huge levels of growth on the back of the project.” He goes on to say “Being Involved with such a powerful consortium is an amazing opportunity to deliver ambitious technology targets and drive the wide-spread adoption of Additive Manufacturing”
The consortium is made up of BOC (Linde Group), Weir Group PLC, Cranfield University, Fosters + Partners Ltd, Steelo Ltd, WAAM3D Ltd and WintWire Ltd.