Posted by: Pamela J. Waterman in Additive Manufacturing Materials, Aerosol Jet Systems, Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS), Process Development September 21, 2017

When you want to grill a steak, wouldn’t it be great to have Gordon Ramsey at your side, giving directions and expert tips? This master chef would probably suggest different preparation steps, grilling temperatures, grilling time and resting time depending on the type of meat (e.g., beef versus buffalo), the cut (Delmonico or T-bone), and your personal specifications/preferences for the final result — perhaps medium rare.

Offering comparable expertise, but applied to 3D printing metals and other materials, Optomec has now published highly detailed, vendor-specific guidelines for additive manufacturing (AM) on both its LENS (laser engineered net shaping) and Aerosol Jet systems. The company’s material scientists and process engineers have compiled what they term “Starter recipes” that give customers an optimal set of system parameters for dozens of raw materials either in powder (LENS) or liquid (Aerosol Jet) forms.

Optomec LENS 3D-Printing technology in action. Image courtesy Optomec.

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