New Enhancements Expand Capabilities for Hybrid Toolpath Generation
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico – November 10, 2017 — Optomec, a leading global supplier of production grade LENS additive manufacturing systems for 3D printed metals, has entered into a global sales partnership with CNC Software, Inc., the developer of Mastercam, the world’s most widely-used CAM software. Optomec will sell and support Mastercam software products along with an additive plug-in tuned for the Optomec LENS process.
The LENS plug-in, which is seamlessly integrated into Mastercam, leverages Mastercam’s extensive capabilities including native CAD modeling and importing, multiaxis toolpath generation and visualization, and kinematic analysis providing a robust platform for additive manufacturing functionality. The plug-in also allows users to control the full suite of LENS 3D printing functionality including geometry, toolpath, and processing parameters, slice planes, boundary, and fill parameters enabling multiaxis toolpath generation for additive applications such as rapid prototyping, precision repair, and graded coatings. The intuitive graphical user interface enables fast learning for operators already familiar with CNC machining, while also fully supporting subtractive, additive, and hybrid workflows.
“Partnering with Optomec allows Mastercam to provide our award-winning technology to a specialized area of the additive market,” says Dave Boucher, Director of Product Development, CNC Software, Inc. “The combination of subtractive machining that we have provided for over 35 years, along with newly developed technology to drive metal additive machines, allows Mastercam and Optomec to provide a solution for the hybrid manufacturing market. We are excited to work with Optomec and their LENS technology to provide users with a truly versatile machining solution.”
“Optomec is pleased to be partnered with CNC Software, Inc., the developers of the world’s most widely-used CAM software for the past 23 years” said Ken Vartanian, VP Marketing for Optomec. “The LENS plug-in provides a natural pathway for machinist to extend Mastercam functionality for additive and hybrid manufacturing applications.”
Developed by CNC Software, Inc., Mastercam is Windows®-based CAD/CAM software for 2- through 5-axis routing, milling and turning, 2- and 4-axis wire EDM, 2D and 3D design, surface, and solid modeling. Privately owned and founded in 1983, CNC Software provides CAD/CAM solutions to more than 236,000 installations in 75 countries in industries including moldmaking, prototyping, automotive, medical, aerospace, consumer products, and much more. For more information, please visit www.mastercam.com.
Optomec is a privately-held, rapidly growing supplier of Additive Manufacturing systems. Optomec’s patented Aerosol Jet Systems for printed electronics and LENS 3D Printers for metal components are used by industry to reduce product cost and improve performance. Together, these unique 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 300 marquee customers around the world, targeting production applications in the Electronics, Energy, Life Sciences and Aerospace industries. For more information about Optomec, visit optomec.com.
LENS (Laser Engineered Net Shaping) is a registered trademark of Sandia National Laboratories.
Aerosol Jet is a registered trademark of Optomec Inc.