Optomec will Highlight 3D Printing for Electronics, Structural Metals and Hybrid Manufacturing

Albuquerque, New Mexico. 15 April, 2015: Optomec, a global supplier of 3D Printing systems for production applications, announced today that the Mike O’Reilly, Director- Aerosol Jet Product Management and Jim Cann, LENS Business Development Manager, will give presentations at the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) conference. Mr. Cann’s presentation will highlight several unique aspects of Optomec LENS metal 3D Printers, including its ability to print metal onto existing structures enabling the repair of worn or damaged components. In addition, Mr. Cann will highlight a new hybrid manufacturing capability which enables new or used CNC machine tools to be upgraded with LENS 3D additive manufacturing technology. Mr. O’Reilly’s presentation will provide a comparison of methods to add electronic functionality to 3D plastic parts. The AMUG Conference will be held in Jacksonville, Florida April 19-22.

 The Optomec exhibit (booth #32) will feature videos and functional parts produced with Aerosol Jet and LENS printers.  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.

Optomec LENS metal 3D Printers are used to cost-effectively repair, rework and manufacture high-performance metal components in materials such as titanium, stainless steel, and superalloys. In addition a new Optomec LENS hybrid manufacturing capability, developed under an America Makes project, enables an evolutionary approach for industry to realize the benefits of metal additive manufacturing technology. Under the project Optomec packaged LENS technology into a modular LENS Print Engine for integration with new or used CNC machine tools. The LENS Print Engine leverages the existing CNC automation platform providing a low cost entry point while also enabling additive manufacturing to co-exist with subtractive manufacturing methods in a single machine.

 Mr. Cann’s LENS presentation is titled “A Comparison between Powder Bed and Powder Fed Processes for 3D Printed Metals”.  The presentation will discuss the two primary laser based 3D Printing technologies for processing powdered metals. Mr. Cann will describe how each technology works and the processing capabilities for each method. Application examples will be presented showing where each technology can best be applied. Mr. Cann will also provide an update and sneak preview of the LENS hybrid manufacturing system. The presentation is designed for the system and engineering manager, no formal training in metallurgy is required.

Mr. O’Reilly’s presentation is titled “Comparison of Methods to Add Electronic Functionality to 3D Plastic Parts”.  His presentation will discuss how integrating printed electronic circuitry and components with 3D structures is the next step in producing fully printed functional devices.  Mr. O’Reilly will survey various methods for adding conformal electronics onto   3D polymer parts. Design considerations such as substrate preparation, ink selection, and post processing methods will be reviewed, as well as examples of fully printed functional devices using the Aerosol Jet.

The AMUG conference is open to all owners/operators of additive manufacturing equipment. The annual event features an exhibition as well as a technical conference where industry leaders present fresh ideas and cost-effective solutions for additive manufacturing and 3D printing. For more information about AMUG, click here.

Optomec is a privately-held, rapidly growing supplier of Additive Manufacturing systems. Optomec’s 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 175 marquee customers around the world, targeting production applications in the electronics, energy, life sciences and aerospace industries. For more information about Optomec, visit https://optomec.com/.


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