Optomec Showcases 3D Printers for Metal and Electronic Applications at RAPID


Posted on June 27, 2013 @ 07:52 am



Optomec announced that it featured its advanced LENS and Aerosol Jet 3D printers for additive manufacturing applications at the RAPID conference last week. A new entry model 3D Metal Printer named the LENS 450 (Laser Engineered Net Shaping) was introduced, and Optomec also previewed a new high volume additive manufacturing process currently in development for printing conformal antennas on mobile devices. This new process is based on Optomec’s patented Aerosol Jet technology.

A joint presentation by Optomec and Stratasys, titled “Capability Assessment of Combining 3D Printing (FDM) and Printed Electronics (Aerosol Jet) Processes to Create Fully Printed Functionalized Devices” was given during the Direct Write Printed Materials/Electronics track.

The Optomec exhibit featured examples of metallic and electronic parts that were produced using LENS and Aerosol Jet 3D Printers. Examples included high performance aerospace and medical metal parts that were manufactured or repaired with LENS technology. In addition, electronic parts used in automotive, aerospace, and consumer mobile device industries printed using Aerosol Jet technology were demonstrated.

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.

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