Optomec, which makes metal 3D printing systems, has developed a new additive plugin for its LENS additive manufacturing machine.
The company says that the plugin is an advanced tool path generation tool that enables simultaneous five-axis control. It is used in combination with Siemens’s Sinumerik 840D computer numerical control (CNC) to print complex geometries more efficiency, according to Optomec.
Using a simultaneous five-axis control can help move a part seamlessly beneath the laser deposition head, removing the need for overhangs and support structures, and minimizing the material removal required in post processing, Optomec says. It also opens up the possibility of capturing data within the kinematics of the system during processing and include software applications.