10/17/2016 | 1 MINUTE READ

Optomec Launches LENS Machine Tool Series

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The hybrid machine tools integrate Optomec metal additive manufacturing technology with CNC vertical mills.


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Optomec has launched The LENS machine tool series, which it says enables low-cost, high-value metal additive manufacturing. The series integrates Optomec’s Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS) additive manufacturing technology with conventional CNC vertical milling platforms from Fryer Machine Systems.

Three standard configurations are available, all designed to reduce manufacturing process times and costs while enabling improved end product performance and rapid design changes. The LENS 3D Metal Additive System provides high-value, open atmosphere processing at the lowest cost. The second configuration offered is the LENS 3D Metal Hybrid VMC System, which combines additive and subtractive operations on the same machine.

Thirdly, the LENS 3D metal hybrid VMC inert system provides an atmosphere-controlled environment to extend hybrid manufacturing capabilities for reactive metals and aluminum. According to Optomec, the system can maintain oxygen and moisture levels at less than 40 ppm by replacing the upper enclosure of the CNC machine with an Optomec hermitically-sealed chamber and gas purification system.

“Optomec’s Machine Tool series leverages LENS industry-proven technology to provide high-performance metal additive and hybrid manufacturing capabilities at an incredible price point, making additive manufacturing a viable solution for the machine tooling industry,” says 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 additive manufacturing more affordable and accessible.”


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