8/22/2017 | 1 MINUTE READ

Optomec Announces 3D Printing “Recipes” for LENS and Aerosol Jet Customers

The recipes are intended to help users select and process materials best-suited to their application requirements.


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Optomec has released more than two dozen starter “recipes” to help customers speed implementation of additive manufacturing solutions. Developed by the company’s application experts, the recipes are expected to help Optomec LENS and Aerosol Jet customers select and process materials best suited to their functional, performance and geometric requirements.

“These proven, pre-qualified recipes save weeks of trial and error while also enabling customers to fully leverage the advanced features of our printers to produce quality results,” said Ken Vartanian, vice president of marketing at Optomec. Over the years we have screened hundreds of materials from a variety of suppliers and now want to make this knowledge available to our customers. These printing recipes represent an important first step in our strategy to provide digital products that facilitate additive manufacturing capabilities from design through volume manufacturing.”

The LENS Material Starter Recipes are designed to help customers achieve optimal use of metal 3D printing with the Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS) technology. Each recipe provides detailed instructions covering powder feedstock characteristics, machine setup and processing parameters, including laser power, powder feed rates and print speed for a variety of commercially available powders, including materials such as stainless steel, titanium, Inconel and tool steel. Geometry-specific recipes are available that are optimized for thin-wall, small-volume and large-volume structures. Data regarding expected results is provided.

Aerosol Jet Starter Recipes include information regarding ink types, substrate preparation, process set-up and print parameters. The recipes additionally present expected print results including line width, thickness, and electrical, mechanical and environmental performance characteristics. Aerosol Jet Starter Recipes are available for conductive materials including multiple silver, copper and resistive inks as well as dielectric and adhesive materials, such as Dymax, Loctite, PEDOT and Polyimide.