June 11, 2013
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Shayna Watson
swatson@optomec.com
(505) 761-8250
www.optomec.com

Optomec Launches New Low Cost 3D Printer for Metal Additive Manufacturing

Entry Level System Targets Industrial and Academic Applications

Albuquerque, New Mexico, 11 June 2013: Optomec announced today availability of a new low cost offering in its line-up of metal 3D Printers named the LENS 450. The LENS 450 is built on the same LENS core technology that is used throughout industry to repair, coat and rapidly manufacture a wide variety of high performance metal components. The system was developed specifically in response to growing industry interest in 3D Printing of metals, including the need to train a new generation of workers in metal additive manufacturing technology.

The first delivery of the LENS 450 3D Printer will be to the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Material Science at the University of Pittsburgh, where it will be used in their new Advanced Manufacturing education program. Professor C. Isaac Garcia stated, “Re-establishing America’s global competitiveness is dependent upon a new generation of technicians and engineers trained in advanced manufacturing technologies. The LENS 450 system is an excellent tool to conduct basic and applied research, and for training students on industry proven technology for metal Additive Manufacturing.”

The LENS 450 3D Printer can process a wide variety of materials including stainless steel, cobalt chrome, titanium, and superalloys making it ideally suited for rapid prototyping and repair of small metal components. The cost-effective system provides a 100 mm3 (64 cubic inch) work envelope within a class 1 laser enclosure that is hermetically sealed to maintain a pristine processing environment and operator safety. Additional features include a 400W fiber laser, powder feeder, motion control system, and proprietary part preparation and process control software. For more information on the LENS 450, click here.

Optomec is a privately-held, rapidly growing supplier of Additive Manufacturing systems. These solutions utilize Optomec’s patented Aerosol Jet Printed Electronics technology and LENS (Laser Engineered Net Shaping) Printed Metal technology to reduce costs and improve performance. Together, these unique 2D and 3D printing solutions work with the broadest spectrum of functional materials, ranging from electronic inks to structural metals and even biological matter. Optomec has more than 150 marquee customers around the world, targeting production applications in the Electronics, Energy, Life Sciences and Aerospace industries.

LENS is a registered trademark of Sandia National Laboratories.
Aerosol Jet and Optomec are registered trademarks of Optomec, Inc.


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