Presentation will Highlight LENS 3D Metal Printing for High Value Repair Applications

Albuquerque, New Mexico. 1 April, 2014: Optomec, a global supplier of 3D Printing systems for production applications, announced today that Dr. Richard Grylls, LENS General Manager, will give a presentation at the AMUG conference, entitled, “3D Printing in Rework and Repair Applications – Recycling Metal in the 21st Century”. The presentation will highlight several unique aspects of the Optomec LENS 3D Printed Metal solution, including its ability to print metal in 3D onto existing structures, which enables the repair of worn or damaged high-value components. Additionally, Dr. Grylls will explain how a new modular version of the LENS 3D Printing solution can be integrated into standard CNC metal cutting machine tools to easily deploy Additive Manufacturing within existing production infrastructures to fully print, repair and finish metal parts in a single machine Together, these capabilities serve to dramatically improve the ROI for 3D Printed Metal and will help accelerate US industrial adoption of metal additive manufacturing. The AMUG Conference will be held in Tucson Arizona from April 6th -10th.

Optomec LENS 3D Printing Systems are used to cost-effectively repair, rework and manufacture high-performance metal components in materials such as titanium, stainless steel, and superalloys. LENS 3D printing systems use the energy from a high-power laser to build up structures one layer at a time directly from powdered metals. The resulting fully dense and functional material offers excellent mechanical properties, similar to forged components, for many applications. LENS 3D Printing Systems are used throughout the entire product lifecycle for applications ranging from Materials Research to Repair and Rework to Low Volume Manufacturing. Also, Optomec recently announced the LENS Print Engine, a modularized version of LENS 3D Printing technology, which can be easily integrated with new or existing metal cutting machine tools. The LENS Print Engine consists of modular components, including powder feeders, deposition heads, motion controller, tool path generation software, and process control systems. For more information on LENS, click here.

Dr. Grylls’ presentation will discuss the various methods to rework and repair metal components using additive manufacturing techniques such as LENS® Blown Powder Metal Deposition, and show real-world examples of how 3D Printing can breathe new life into worn components. Additionally, he will describe how the philosophy of 3D Printing – adding material layer by layer to grow a 3D object – can be applied to many applications that have in the past often been performed manually. For many decades, repairing and reworking high-value metal components has been performed using welding techniques, but only recently have 3D Printing techniques been applied.

Also, during the AMUG EXPO on April 6th and 7th, Optomec will highlight Aerosol Jet® Printers which are used to directly print functional electronic circuitry and components onto low-temperature, non-planar substrates, without the need for masks, screens, or plating. The Aerosol Jet process utilizes an innovative aerodynamic focusing technique to collimate a dense mist of material-laden micro droplets into a tightly controlled beam to print features as small as 10 microns or as large as several millimeters in a single pass. A wide assortment of materials can be printed with the Aerosol Jet system including conductive nano-particle inks and conductive polymers, dielectrics, conductive epoxies, ceramics, and bio-active materials. Aerosol Jet systems are used to print signal and power circuits, embedded sensors, conformal antenna, fuel cells, and to dispense conductive adhesives for solder-free attachment of integrated circuits and other components. For more information on Aerosol Jet printing, click here.

Optomec is a privately-held, rapidly growing supplier of Additive Manufacturing systems. Optomec patented Aerosol Jet Systems for printed electronics and LENS 3D Printers for metal components are used by industry to reduce product cost and improve performance. Together, these unique printing solutions work with the broadest spectrum of functional materials, ranging from electronic inks to structural metals and even biological matter. Optomec has more than 150 marquee customers around the world, targeting production applications in the Electronics, Energy, Life Sciences and Aerospace industries.

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