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Highlights of AM2016

At this year’s Additive Manufacturing Conference held in Chicago, presenters shared their insights and experience on the industrial application of additive manufacturing technology. Optomec is featured on pages 34 and 42 for its LENS technology and its new LENS Machine Tool Series.
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By | November 10th, 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 machine tool, how it came into existence and the current capabilities and advantages it offers.
The merger of AM technologies and traditional subtractive Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) methods, now known as Hybrid CNC machining, offers numerous advantages in terms of lower equipment acquisition costs, lower training time as it can be operated from a common Human Machine Interface (HMI), leverages capital assets to deploy AM technologies and provides more capabilities compared to either technology alone.
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By | November 10th, 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 | 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 | October 7th, 2016|

Optomec 3D Printing Smartphones

3D Printing Industry

I spoke with the one of Optomec’s directors about how the company is applying 3D printing to mass production, 3D printing electronics, enabling the Internet of Things, Industry 4.0 and nano-materials such as graphene.

Away from the frenzied noise of press releases about new Kick starters and companies announcing the latest 3D printing “world first” there is a quiet revolution taking place in manufacturing and Albuquerque’s Optomec are well positioned to play a central role.
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By | July 22nd, 2016|

A printed smile

The Economist
A SET of straight and gleaming teeth makes for a beautiful smile. But how many people who have undergone a little dental maintenance know that they may have inside their mouths some of the first products of a new industrial revolution? Tens of millions of dental crowns, bridges and orthodontic braces have now been produced with the help of additive manufacturing, popularly known as 3D printing. Forget the idea of hobbyists printing off small plastic trinkets at home. Industrial 3D printers, which can cost up to $1m, are changing manufacturing.
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By | April 30th, 2016|

Aerosol Jet 5X 3D Printer

By Michael Molitch-Hou, Engineering.com

There is nothing else like Optomec’s Aerosol Jet series on the market, as the Aerosol Jet 3D printer is the only such device capable of spraying conductive inks and other materials onto objects for electronics prototyping or even, in some cases, mass manufacturing. The Aerosol Jet 5X takes this process and gives it five-axis motion so that users can 3D-print electronics onto three-dimensional objects. […]

By | April 28th, 2016|

Optomec Introduces Aerosol Jet Technology for 3D Printed Electronics

by Diana Macovei, 3D Printing Electronics Conference

Optomec Aerosol Jet printing technology is an additive manufacturing process (aka 3D printing or direct write) that prints commercially-available conductive, dielectric, semiconductor and biologic inks onto a variety of 2D or 3D plastic, ceramic, and metallic substrates. The result is 3D digital printing that eliminates the need for hard tooling photomasks or stencils and enables engineering changes to be quickly implemented by simply modifying the design file. […]

By | April 22nd, 2016|

NASA Assesses Use of 3D Printing for Constructing Tightly Packed Electronic Assemblies

In recent years, detector assemblies are becoming smaller and denser with a number of electronic components that have to be electrically connected to sense and read out signals. This has produced a greater challenge to design and manufacture these highly critical instrument devices. […]

By | April 20th, 2016|

Using 3D Printing in the Mass Production of Consumer Electronics

By Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly

Optomec has been working with customers to prove the viability of 3D printing production-grade functional electronics in very high volumes using its Aerosol Jet conformal printing technology. But company representatives haven’t been able to say much about what exactly those customers are doing.

That just changed. The […]

By | April 12th, 2016|