Optomec have announced that they will demonstrate their LENS 3D Metal Printers at the upcoming 5th annual Laser Additive Manufacturing (LAM) Workshop in Texas (press release).
Optomec’s LENS 3D Metal Printing systems are 3D printers that use Laser Deposition Technology (LDT) to create metal components in materials such as titanium, stainless steel, and superalloys. Their LDT 3D printers can also be used to repair or rework metal objects by adding fine layers of metal material wherever it’s needed.
Laser Deposition Technology (LDT) is a industry term that covers many “similar” technologies that use a focused laser beam as the heat source for depositing various powdered metals. LDT can include direct metal deposition (DMD), laser metal deposition, laser additive manufacturing (LAM) and Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS)
The results are a just as good as any traditional metal fabrication method, similar to forged components. Optomec’s 3D printers are used in the aerospace, defense, power generation, and medical device manufacturing industries. Basically, businesses with big budgets.
3D printing in metals is some way off for the home or small business user at the moment, but if you want to check out what’s possible the workshop will be held at the Hilton Houston North in Texas on February 12-13. Until then watch this video.