New 3D Metal Printer and High Volume Production Process to be Highlighted

Albuquerque, New Mexico, 9 July 2013: Optomec announced today that Dr. Richard Grylls, LENS General Manager, will give a presentation titled “3D Printing – Adding Value to Conventional Manufacturing” at the Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo held in Chicago, Illinois July 10-11. Optomec is a recognized leader in the field of Additive Manufacturing, a revolutionary approach that has proven advantages in reducing cost, improving functionality, and shortening time to market. Dr. Grylls presentation will explain how Industrial 3D Printing technologies, such as Optomec’s LENS® and Aerosol Jet® technologies, can be utilized in conjunction with existing industrial production methods to provide significant benefits in capability, time to market and cost.

Additionally, he will describe how industrial 3D Printing techniques can bring a Digital Materials revolution to industries including aerospace, electronics, defense and life sciences. With 3D Printing, you don’t always have to choose between faster, better and cheaper – with some industrial applications, sometimes you can have all three.

Optomec LENS 3D Metal Printers are used to cost-effectively repair, rework and manufacture high-performance metal components in materials such as titanium, stainless steel, and super alloys. LENS printers use the energy from a high-power laser to build up structures one layer at a time directly from powdered metals. The resulting fully functional material offers excellent mechanical properties, similar to forged components for many applications. LENS printers are used throughout the entire product lifecycle for applications ranging from Materials Research to Repair and Rework to Low Volume Manufacturing. Optomec recently announced the newest member in its lineup of 3D Metal Printers called the LENS 450. The LENS 450 system provides a low cost entry point to Additive Manufacturing technology ideal for educating and introducing future technologist to metal 3D Printing concepts. For more information on LENS, click here.

Optomec Aerosol Jet Printers 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. These solutions utilize Optomec’s patented Aerosol Jet Printed Electronics technology and LENS Printed Metal technology to reduce costs and improve performance. Together, these unique 2D and 3D 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.

Aerosol Jet is a registered trademark of Optomec, Inc.
LENS (Laser Engineered Net Shaping) is a registered trademark of Sandia National Laboratories.