New Line of 3-D Printed Metal Machine ToolsMarch 1, 2017
The LENS Machine Tool Series integrates Optomec's metal 3-D printing technology into standard CNC machine tool platforms. The series is designed to provide lower-cost, higher-value metal AM and hybrid solutions.
Optomec has launched a new tool series that is designed to enable low-cost, high-value metal additive manufacturing (AM). "The new LENS Machine Tool Series integrates Optomec's LENS metal AM technology into conventional CNC vertical milling platforms, resulting in breakthrough price points as well as the industry's first hybrid VMC controlled-atmosphere system," said a company spokesperson.
"Optomec's Machine Tool series leverages LENS technology to provide high-performance metal additive and hybrid manufacturing capabilities at an incredible price point, making AM a viable solution for the machine tooling industry," said David Ramahi, President and CEO of Optomec. "This new product line complements our existing LENS systems and fills specific gaps for low cost additive only and hybrid CNC inert systems. We are working with machine tool vendors to make production-grade metal AM more affordable and accessible."
Optomec's new LENS Machine Tool series combines high-quality CNC platforms from Fryer Machine Systems with LENS Print Engine technology to bring metal AM capabilities to a broader market. "It includes three standard configurations, all designed to reduce manufacturing process times and costs while enabling improved end product performance and rapid design changes," said a company spokesperson. "The LENS 3D Metal Additive System provides high-value, open atmosphere processing at the lowest cost." The second configuration, the LENS 3D Metal Hybrid VMC System, combines additive and subtractive operations on the same machine. The third configuration is the LENS 3D Metal Hybrid VMC Inert System, which provides an atmosphere controlled environment to extend hybrid manufacturing capabilities for reactive metals and aluminum.
The LENS 3D Metal Hybrid VMC Inert System can maintain oxygen and moisture levels at less than 40 PPM by replacing the upper enclosure of the CNC machine with an Optomec proprietary hermitically sealed chamber and gas purification system.
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