Almost any electronic technology has one truism attached to it: You can’t develop it if you can’t test it. This is particularly the case with wireless and other communications products. Unfortunately, getting from design to prototype to test can take a month or more. Product developers must first navigate an evolving set of design requirements […]
by Sarah Saunders | Aug 9, 2017 | 3D Printing, 3D Printing Materials, Metal 3D Printing |
Some people cook by some inherent sense or knowledge, throwing ingredients into a bowl willy nilly with nary a thought of opening up a cookbook; later, of course, the dish turns out great. I, however, am not one of these people, and require a recipe in front […]
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. […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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.
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 […]
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, […]
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.
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 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 […]