Highlighting the Optomec smart product showcase is a groundbreaking 3D Printed Sensor application that was developed working with a leading industrial turbine engine manufacturer. The production solution utilizes Optomec’s Aerosol Jet system to print strain sensors directly onto turbine blades used for in situ structural health monitoring.
The sensors are composed of a ceramic material that can withstand the very high operating temperatures seen in the hot section of the gas turbine. These sensors can detect deformations in the underlying metal that could ultimately result in an expensive and sometimes catastrophic failure. Additionally, Optomec will display functional devices produced with Aerosol Jet systems, such as 3D printed capacitive touch and temperature sensors and mobile device antennas.