Join us live online on 9 October 2019, 14:00-15:00


Supply chains hindered by long-lead forgings and need something quicker? Transportation of your large heavy forgings across the world expensive and environmentally unfriendly? Finding subtractive machining costly in money and environmental impact – large amounts of wastage and contaminated swarf? Isn't it about time you tried something better? Want something more sustainable, with improved material properties, and vastly reduced lead-times, decreased transportation and the possibility of a reduction in cost for exotic material?

Then you need to find out more about Wire + Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) of large scale net shape parts! Here is your opportunity, from the comfort of your chair, to log in and watch a live WAAM webinar.

Additive manufactured part 
Above: An example of a machined WAAM part manufactured at Cranfield's Welding Engineering and Laser Processing Center (WELPC)

Why not consider WAAM as an alternative to long lead valve seats, valve bodies, and mechanical seal parts etc? The possibilities are endless.

WAAM was mentioned in the IMechE Professional Engineering magazine's 15 January 2019 issue in an article entitled ‘Additive manufacturing goes large – aerospace prints bigger and better parts’.

This event comprises a LIVE narrated online tour of the Cranfield University Welding Engineering and Laser Processing Centre. Here you will see in the laboratory a 6m aluminium spar, one of the biggest parts ever produced by additive manufacturing, and a live panel discussion about Wire + Arc Additive Manufacturing and where the cutting edge technology can be used in industry. This will be followed by a question and answer session from the online audience.

This event is organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Bedfordshire (IMechE) area committee and the IMechE Oil, Gas and Chemicals committee.

What is WAAM?

The combination of an electric arc and wire feedstock is referred to as Wire + Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM). Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a technology that promises to revolutionise manufacturing by reducing material wastage and overall time to market. Furthermore, AM can also enable an increase in design freedom, potentially realising weight savings through the manufacture of complex single components which previously required assemblies of many subcomponents for manufacturability.

Wire + Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) combines an electric arc (as a heat source) and wire (as feedstock) to produce physical components. Whilst the first patent for WAAM was filed in 1925, WAAM has been seriously investigated as a viable AM technique since the 1990s.

 WAAM hardware currently uses standard, off-the-shelf welding equipment: welding power source, torches and wire feeding systems with motion provided by robotic systems or CNC gantries.

People holding world'ss biggest 3D printed metal part
Above: The world's biggest 3D printed metal part - manufactured at Cranfield's Welding Engineering and Laser Processing Centre (WELPC)


  1. What is WAAM?
  2. Online tour of the Welding Engineering and Laser Processing Laboratory.
  3. Introduction to NEWWAAM and WAAM 3D.
  4. Discussion about the implications of WAAM and its potential use in industry.
  5. Q&A session, with questions from the online audience.

Panel members and behind-the-scenes support

Dr Toby Thompson - Networked Learning Director, Host for Live Online Teaching

Live Webinar Chairman

Toby heads up Cranfield University's live online teaching studio - named the 'Grenville Turner Live Online Teaching Suite' after the generous patron - dedicated to bringing Cranfield's expertise in technology and leadership to the point of need with our clients and students. Toby acts as the anchor to our day-long webinar sessions, interviewing and co-hosting Cranfield professors and experts, as they share Cranfield's expertise with our globally dispersed client base.

Toby has a PhD in the philosophy of executive education, with a particular interest in how time and temporality are conceived in executive education and development practices, and has published a book in 2018 on the role of philosophy in executive education. He has an MA in Management Learning from Lancaster University, and a BA in Philosophy from York University.

Prior to his time in the corporate university of EDS - the former US-based IT outsourcing company - Toby was a Zen Buddhist monk at Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey in Northumberland, UK. The Zen monastery follows the Soto Zen tradition in which Toby spent six years as a monk. He exploits these Zen Buddhist-inspired synergies in working with organisations to encourage the release of their true human potential. Prior to his time as a monk Toby was a farm labourer.

Rosa Wilkinson - Director of Communications at the High Value Manufacturing, Catapult

Webinar Panel Guest

Rosa Wilkinson joined the High Value Manufacturing Catapult in September 2017 as Director of Communications.

Previous roles have included Director of Stakeholder Engagement at the Department for International Trade, Director of Innovation and Strategic Communication at the Intellectual Property Office and as Director of Public Policy for Lloyds TSB. Her earlier career includes a variety of Whitehall policy roles including as Managing Director of the Government’s Small Business Service and Director of Manufacturing at the then Department for Trade and Industry.

Outside the Catapult, Rosa retains an involvement in her family’s industrial property business. She is a non-executive with the MTA and a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s External Affairs Committee.

Richard Tiplady - Member of the IMechE and Oil, Gas and Chemicals Committee Chair

Webinar Panel Guest

Turnaround Engineer, Tiplady Engineering Management Services Ltd.

Richard is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with over 25 years’ experience in engineering major turnarounds for onshore oil refineries and gas facilities. He works as an independent contractor for a number of major oil and gas companies and global consultancies in the UK and overseas.

Whilst undertaking his mechanical engineering degree at Imperial College, Richard gained work experience in the nuclear fuel industry. After graduation he spent five years in heavy steel industry maintenance during which he gained Chartered status via the IMechE MPDS process. He then progressed to turnaround engineering in the Process Industries.

Dr Filomeno Martina - Lecturer in Additive Manufacture

Programme Manager, Titanium Development

Filomeno is the CEO of WAAM3D and a lecturer in Additive Manufacture in the Welding Engineering and Laser Processing Centre, Cranfield University, where he is contributing to the research and developing Wire + Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM). He received his PhD in Additive Manufacturing from Cranfield in 2014; the main focus of his doctoral research was the manipulation of the geometry, microstructure and mechanical properties of large WAAM titanium deposits. Previously he earned an MSc from Cranfield and an MEng in Industrial and Management Engineering from Polytechnic of Bari (Italy).

David Medcalf - Networked Learning Specialist at Cranfield University's Centre for Customised Executive Development

Event Executive Producer

David is the Executive Producer for the Grenville Turner Live Online Teaching Suite. He is responsible for project managing the various inputs and actions required in order for our professors and experts, to share Cranfield's expertise with our globally dispersed client base, whether from the studio or from one of the many laboratories and workshops across the campus.

David has an MA in Educational Management and was a research student with the Open University looking at the issues that prevent Executive Education students from successfully participating in their employer’s programmes despite the lucrative rewards and opportunities these programmes offer.

David is a former Royal Air Force Officer who served for 22 years as an engineer and specialist educator, successfully driving the move to incorporate QA culture into military training organisations. Prior to coming to Cranfield, he worked for the OU as a Learning Design Consultant, and for several years in the e-learning industry as a writer, film producer and designer.

Chris Ripley - Senior Networked Learning Producer at Cranfield University’s Centre for Executive Development

Event Editing and Cameraman

As the leading AV professional at the University’s Grenville Turner Live Online Teaching Suite – named in honour of our sponsor – Chris is responsible for getting our live broadcasts out onto the University’s social media channels and synchronous web conferencing software. These broadcasts are viewed globally. Since opening in January 2018, Chris has been instrumental in building the AV solution for this innovative streaming studio from its inception, and is the chief technician, operating the NDI™ vision and audio mixing desks, setting up the equipment, and live editing the events. Chris is responsible for setting up live broadcasts from Cranfield’s laboratories and research facilities, and for running the pop-up studio, from which large campus-based events (with the exception of graduation) are streamed onto the internet.

Chris has been at Cranfield for 20-plus years, with most of that time spent in the dedicated TV studio of the School of Management, producing educational and promotional films.

Philippe Bridgeman - PhD Research Student

Plasma Arc Welding Torch Optimisation and Torch Arc Pressure Measurement

Philippe is a third year PhD student researcher at Cranfield's Welding Engineering and Laser Processing Centre (WELPC), sponsored by Airbus to undertake a long-term personal goal of completing a PhD in Manufacturing in a cutting edge manufacturing process - WAAM. He is a UK and Europe Chartered Mechanical Engineer with over 14 years of oil and gas industry experience, having worked in the UK, Australia and across Europe. He is also an IMechE Fellow, Member of TWI, Chair of the Bedfordshire IMechE Panel, and active member of the IMechE Oil, Gas and Chemical Committee, with a real passion for engineering. He holds a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from RGU and an MSc in Welding Engineering (Welding & Metallurgy) from Cranfield University.

Location and travel details

The webinar will be broadcast live on YouTube. Click here for further details.

Registration required as spaces are limited. Please book using the link below.

Who should attend

Students, staff and the general public.


Free to attend.