Updated: 12/18/2014 7:29 PM | Created: 12/18/2014 6:55 PM
By: Eddie Garcia, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A homegrown Albuquerque company, Optomec, builds 3D printers that can construct big metal pieces layer by layer, and they can even use special metallic nano-ink to print a working computer circuit board on an eggshell.
The possibilities seem endless at Optomec, and the company says it is reinventing its patented machines every day.

One of Optomec’s latest innovations can construct components for robots.

[They are used] to print artificial muscles, and these muscles are not being used in a human being, but they’re being used for robots,” said Optomec Marketing Vice President Ken Vartanian.

Albuquerque native Louie Armijo is the production manager at Optomec, and oversaw the construction of the muscle-making machine. He oversees all the machine construction in Albuquerque.

“We’re international; we have systems all over the world,” said Armijo.
Armijo says he never forgets the company’s roots here in New Mexico.

“We buy a lot of our material locally and we have a lot of the machining done locally,” said Armijo.
Most of the employees are local too, and work to create some the most advanced technology in the 3D printing business.

“It’s a good feeling to know that there’s no one else in the world that does what we do – exactly what we do,” said Armijo.

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