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AIR FORCE RESEARCH LABORATORY CREATES 3D PRINTED SOLAR CELLS

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has published research into 3D printed solar cells. Using Optomec’s aerosol jet technology, the AFRL intend to develop a more efficient production process for harnessing solar power.

The research group expects that by providing an accessible manufacturing method, the technology can become more widely used. Leading the research project, Dr. […]

By | 2017-07-25T22:31:22+00:00 July 19th, 2017|

3D printed heart valve could improve heart surgeries of the future

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Georgia Institute of Technology researchers, together with the Piedmont Heart Institute, have created a patient-specific heart valve model using a 3D printer.

In a bid to improve the success rates of transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVR), the researchers say creating patient models will allow doctors to better prepare for heart surgery. With the models […]

By | 2017-07-06T17:40:36+00:00 July 5th, 2017|

NASA awards Optomec contract supporting 3D printed electronics in space

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3D printed metal and electronics company Optomec, has been awarded a NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract to continue development of its Adaptive Laser Sintering System (ALSS).

Used as a post processing system for metal 3D printing, ALSS will enable electronics 3D printing onto a wider variety of temperature sensitive substrates, specifically for […]

By | 2017-07-25T22:31:22+00:00 June 27th, 2017|

Metal AM: Is Welding the Way In?

Optomec’s machine tool for metal 3D printing is also an accessible system for automated welding. The embrace of one use of this machine might lead to increasing exploration of the other.

Peter Zelinski
Editor-in-Chief, Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing as a means of making metal parts is a new possibility for many production facilities. Meanwhile, welding is a metalworking […]

By | 2017-07-25T22:31:22+00:00 June 14th, 2017|

GE Ventures Hosts Advanced Manufacturing Summit, Featuring Input from Optomec CEO

Global corporation GE decided to share their wealth with worthy startups when they created GE Ventures, their capital investment firm built to assist young companies in the fields of software, healthcare, energy and advanced manufacturing. Over the past year, GE Ventures has contributed funding to a number of companies we’re quite familiar with, including Carbon, […]

By | 2017-07-25T22:31:23+00:00 December 6th, 2016|

Accelerating Industrial Adoption of Metal Additive Manufacturing Technology

Vartanian and McDonald (2016) provided an industrial example of where the additive manufacturing (AM) industry is heading in order to guide further development activities in the materials community. The article published in JOM by The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society discussed the benefits of the combination of additive and subtractive metal working capabilities into one […]

By | 2017-07-25T22:31:23+00:00 November 10th, 2016|

Printers provide mold makers with design freedom

By Karen Hanna, Plastics Machinery Magazine

Just as they’re expanding capabilities for the processing of plastics, 3-D printers are also creating new possibilities for mold makers who work with metal.

Representatives of 3-D printer manufacturers said the technology offers numerous benefits to tooling makers, as well as users of the molds. Among other advantages, they said 3-D […]

By | 2017-07-25T22:31:23+00:00 November 1st, 2016|

Optomec Improves Additive Repair Technique

By Henry Canady | AviationWeek.com

Optomec is steadily improving the performance and cost of a 3D printing technique well-suited to repairing metal parts on aircraft.

The company began working with Sandia National Laboratories to commercialize its Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS) technology, Senior Program Manager Tom McDonald says. LENS is powder-fed additive manufacturing. More common additive techniques […]

By | 2017-07-25T22:31:23+00:00 October 21st, 2016|

Are 3D-Printed Electronic Components the Real Deal?

October 07, 2016 by Robin Mitchell

Optomec recently demonstrated their 3D printing technology at Sensors Midwest in Rosemont, IL. What are printed electronics and what is the Aerosol system?
Components have traditionally been discrete packages that are constructed from materials and pieced together. For example, carbon film resistors consist of a controlled amount of carbon and impurities […]

By | 2017-07-25T22:31:23+00:00 October 7th, 2016|
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