Partnership Dramatically Lowers Adoption Costs for Hybrid Vertical Milling Centers
Albuquerque, New Mexico – September 12, 2016: Optomec, a leading global supplier of production grade additive manufacturing systems for 3D printed metals today announced it signed an agreement with Fryer Machine Systems, a producer of high-quality, affordable machine tools. As part of the agreement, Fryer will integrate Optomec LENS metal additive manufacturing solution into its new LaserFab 3D hybrid machining centers. Pricing for Fryer’s hybrid VMCs (Vertical Machining Centers) will start under $350,000, which is less than half the cost of competing hybrid metal working machines. Fryer will demonstrate their new hybrid LaserFab series at IMTS in the South Hall (Booth # S8719). Optomec will be in the North Hall (Booth # N73).
Optomec has packaged its industry proven metal 3D Printing solution into a modular LENS Print Engine for rapid integration with metal working platforms such as CNC mills, lathes, robots, custom gantries, or even laser cutting and welding systems. The modular LENS Print Engine components include Optomec proprietary SteadyFlow™ powder feeders, LENS processing head with interchangeable nozzles, fiber laser, PartPrep™ and 5-Axis tool path generation software, and SmartAM™ closed loop process controls. Optomec’s LENS family of 3D metal printers have been used in industry for over 17 years to cost-effectively repair, rework and manufacture high-performance metal components and wear coatings in materials such as titanium, stainless steel, carbides and super alloys.
The Optomec LENS Print Engine will be integrated into Fryer’s new LaserFab 3D hybrid machining centers. Fryer’s LaserFab series feature a high power fiber laser and a high performance VMC for high speed machining. Standard features include a 1.5-second 24 tool ATC (Automatic Tool Changer), a 15,000 RPM inline spindle (30,000 RPM option), a high torque 30 HP motor and a super-fast 1,900 IPM rapid feed rate. Combined with roller type linear ways and heavy duty FEA designed castings, the LaserFab can print and finish machine parts to a 4-micron tolerance.
“For 35 years, Fryer Machine Systems has established itself as a leader in providing affordable, high performance machine tools to the metal working industry,” said Dave Ramahi, president and CEO of Optomec. Both Fryer and Optomec share a common vision that the key to the industrial adoption is to follow this same principle by providing manufacturers with high quality, affordable metal additive manufacturing tools.”
“Since our inception, we have based our business on the core principles of delivering quality products that are fairly priced and surrounding those products with exceptional service to our customers” said Larry Fryer, Founder and President of Fryer Machine Systems. “We are applying these same principles in partnership with Optomec to introduce hybrid CNC systems at new price thresholds that will accelerate industrial adoption of this technology.”
Fryer Machine Systems, Inc., founded in 1982, produces Made in USA machine tools for all facets of industry. Fryer is well‐respected for producing high quality machine tools. In addition to its standard line of machinery for all types of metal cutting, Fryer produces customized machines for a number of major companies in the aerospace and automotive markets. For more information about Fryer, visit http://www.fryermachine.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 200 marquee customers around the world, targeting production applications in the electronics, energy, life sciences and aerospace industries. For more information about Optomec, visit https://www.optomec.com/.
LENS is a registered trademark of Sandia National Labs; Aerosol Jet is a registered trademark of Optomec.