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Optomec Improves Additive Repair Technique

By Henry Canady |

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|

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.

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.

By | April 30th, 2016|

Aerosol Jet 5X 3D Printer

By Michael Molitch-Hou,

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|

The future of IoT sensors to be showcased in Berlin

Energy Harvesting Journal

The Internet of Things (IoT) is based on the idea that large amount of data will be automatically collected by the objects that surround us. While it may seem like just a concept, hardware companies are developing new technologies to enable sensors to become unobtrusive and low-power. At the upcoming IDTechEx Show! in Berlin (27-28 April 2016), visitors can expect to see the latest innovation in this field. […]

By | March 23rd, 2016|

New 3D printer unlocks ‘mind-blowing’ possibilities with electronics manufacturing

By Jeremy Thomas, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Installation of a highly advanced 3D printer for electronics at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has opened the door for creating miniature circuits on surfaces and substances that could never be used before.

The Optomec Aerosol Jet 500 system, which became operational in January, is capable of printing circuits with a broad range of nanomaterials, allowing engineers to manufacture conductors, semiconductors and microcircuits with an intricacy and flexibility not possible with the Lab’s previous technology. […]

By | March 22nd, 2016|

The Optomec Aerosol Jet 5X Five Axis Electronics 3D Printer is a Hit with the Internet of Things

by Scott J Grunewald | Mar 20, 2016 | 3D Printers, 3D Printing, Business

New Mexico-based industrial 3D printing technology manufacturer Optomec is reporting that their Aerosol Jet 5X printing system has been getting quite a bit of attention from companies creating products for the Internet of Things (IoT). The advanced five-axis 3D printer is capable […]

By | March 22nd, 2016|