Optomec, a supplier of production-grade additive manufacturing systems for 3D-printed metals and electronics, has announced an agreement with Tongtai Machine & Tool Company, a Taiwan-based machine tool supplier. The agreement enables Tongtai to integrate the Optomec LENS Print Engine and add metal 3D printing capability to its AMH-350 (Additive Manufacturing-Hybrid) high-accuracy, five-axis vertical milling machine.
The Optomec LENS family of metal 3D printers is suitable for repair, rework and manufacture of high-performance metal components in materials such as titanium, stainless steel, carbides and nickel-based super alloys. The LENS Print Engine modular system enables integration with metalworking platforms including CNC mills, lathes, robots, and laser cutting and welding systems. Components of the Print Engine include SteadyFlow powder feeders, LENS deposition head with SmartAM closed-loop process control, fiber laser and toolpath generation software.
“Partnering with one of Taiwan’s largest machine tool companies is a major milestone for Optomec in our efforts to expand the benefits of additive manufacturing,” said Dave Ramahi, president and CEO of Optomec. “The new Tongtai hybrid additive manufacturing machine will lower costs to accelerate industrial adoption of metal additive manufacturing in Asia.”
“The brand recognition for LENS along with Optomec’s successful track record in metal additive manufacturing were key factors in our decision to integrate the LENS Print Engine into our machines,” said Chairman Yen Jui-Hsiung of Tongtai. “Our partnership with Optomec will enable our customers to cost-effectively integrate this functionality into their manufacturing processes.”