Hybrid Machine Tool Dramatically Lowers Cost to Implement 3D Metal Printing

Albuquerque, New Mexico. 2 June 2015: Optomec, a leading global supplier of production grade additive manufacturing systems for 3D Printed Metals and 3D Printed Electronics, today released photos and videos from its “What’s Next in Additive Manufacturing?”  event held on May 13, 2015.  Optomec, along with America Makes, MachMotion, and TechSolve, jointly unveiled a vintage CNC machine tool equipped with advanced metal 3D printing capabilities.  The upgraded CNC machine can perform both additive and subtractive processes on the same metal part, enabling cost savings and productivity enhancements for manufacturers of all sizes.

“This project exemplifies the America Makes mission to efficiently accelerate the transition of promising additive technologies into mainstream manufacturing,” said Ralph Resnick, America Makes Founding Director and NCDMM President and Executive Director.  “This achievement is poised to have a game-changing impact on the manufacturing industry. For manufacturers and machine shops to now have the dual ability of employing additive and subtractive manufacturing processes in one machine is tremendous. They will be able to leverage their existing machine tool assets to cost-effectively use 3D printing in their facilities.”

More than 100 people came together at the TechSolve headquarters in Cincinnati for the unveiling of the hybrid machine and a panel discussion of industry experts.   The panel explored the opportunities resulting from enabling additive manufacturing to seamlessly co-exist with conventional manufacturing methods on the factory floor.

This project was funded by America Makes as part of its efforts to accelerate the adoption of metal additive manufacturing by US industry.  The product development team included Optomec, who lead the development of the modularized LENS Print Engine; MachMotion, who provided expertise in additive/subtractive CNC controls; and TechSolve, who ensured machine tool optimization.

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About America Makes
America Makes is the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. As the national accelerator for additive manufacturing and 3D printing, America Makes is atructured as a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, non-government agencies, and workforce and economic development resources. Based in Youngstown, Ohio, America Makes is the pilot institute for up to 45 manufacturing innovation institutes and is driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM).

About MachMotion
MachMotion, based in Newburg Missouri, is a systems integrator with expertise in mechatronics that provides kits and supplies for the CNC world.   The company has created a set of CNC controls that can work with any machine to enable its customers to retrofit or build machines without a lot of “Electrical CNC know-how.”

About TechSolve

With a focus on process improvement, machining, and innovation, TechSolve has been helping organizations of all sizes, and across various industries, grow and thrive for more than 30 years.

About Optomec
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 150 marquee customers around the world, targeting production applications in the Electronics, Energy, Life Sciences and Aerospace industries.


LENS (Laser Engineered Net Shaping) is a registered trademark of Sandia National Laboratories

Media Contacts:

Toni Sottak, Wired Island International:  toni@wiredislandpr.com (408) 876-4418

Shayna Watson, Optomec: swatson@optomec.com (5050-761-8250