Metal 3D printing of high quality parts
MaxQ Robot is the turn key WAAM system for 3D printing high quality and certified parts. The turn key solution consist out of the MaxQ system integrated in a Panasonic TAWERS™ TL and Panasonic TAWERS™ TM welding robot. The main benefits of MaxQ Robot:
- MaxQ can be integrated with a standardized or custom robot system by Valk Welding.
- Delivery and service is provided worldwide
Turn key WAAM Systems
MaxQ Robot includes MaxQ hardware and software. Learn more
Standardized and custom WAAM systems
In cooperation with our partner Valk Welding we can offer MaxQ with standardized and custom designed Panasonic WAAM systems. Every welding system comes with a range of options, like manipulators, tracks, gates and other peripherals. In that way we can select and configure the most suitable solution to your needs. Get in contact to find the configuration you need.
About Valk Welding
With the supply of robotic welding systems, peripherals, accessories and consumables worldwide, Valk Welding is the one stop shop and maintenance partner for automated welding. In the past 60 years Valk Welding has delivered over 3000 industrial robotic welding systems.
Features of MaxQ
Our mission at RAMLAB is to accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing technology to enable the wide-scale availability of certified metal parts on-demand. From our experience, we have learned that the most challenging aspect of WAAM is controlling the mechanical properties and the quality of manufactured parts. Many different factors affect the mechanical properties of a WAAM part, e.g. the design, the equipment and the wire feedstock to name a few. To achieve first time right manufacturing of certified parts, we have developed MaxQ: RAMLAB’s quality monitoring and control system for WAAM. The system monitors and controls the complete manufacturing process fully automated, freeing up time for the operator.
WAAM geometry monitoring and correction
During production MaxQ automatically analyzes and adjusts the to-be produced geometry. Between every produced layer MaxQ’s 3D scanner inspects the surface. Whenever the welded layer diverges from the digital model, the following layer is adjusted accordingly. By adjusting the layers during production, MaxQ ensures a constant stick out of the wire resulting in constant material properties.
Precise anomaly detection and tracing
To achieve one time right manufacturing, defects need to be identified in near real time. MaxQ has a built-in anomaly detection system that can trigger alerts for the operator. Anomalies are detected by fusing data from multiple high fidelity sensors using algorithms to analyze the generated data. By matching the sensor data with the position of the robot, anomalies can be traced and resolved quickly.
Automated interpass temperature control
One of the most critical aspects of WAAM is the interpass cooling time: the interruption of welding in order to cool down the part and maintain the preferred material properties. MaxQ automatically measures the temperature and continues production when the part is cooled down to the set temperature. This means there is no more need for manual inspections between layers.
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Guided WAAM process pipeline
MaxQ brings the WAAM production process together in one place. Production can be initiated straight from the web browser with the MaxQ app. Before starting production, MaxQ will guide the operator through automatic model parsing and the configuration of production settings. Simply upload, configure and start.
Clear WAAM machine diagnostics
Good preparation and maintenance of equipment are fundamental to manufacturing high quality parts. However, errors can still errors can occur during the manufacturing of a part. The MaxQ app notifies the operator of system warnings and errors. To ensure swift continuation, the corresponding error codes of the welding robot system are displayed on the dashboard. This way, the errors can be traced back and resolved with ease.
Advanced option: Grafana access
All the data recorded by MaxQ’s sensors is displayed on a private Grafana dashboard. Custom dashboards can be designed and warnings and alerts can be configured by the operator. The dashboard runs on a local server, which means there is no need for an internet connection. The data can be exported into a pdf report for class certification.
Advanced option: Cavitar C300
The Cavitar C300 welding camera is able to visualize the product surface, the weld pool and the arc in real time. This gives a detailed insight into the process stability, the weld pool, and other details such as neighboring weld beads, product edges, spatter and silicates. Learn more