Optomec Metal 3D Printers Designed for Research, Production
Compact Directed Energy Deposition (DED) machines include automation for batch processing.
Edited by AM Staff
Optomec CS250 and HC-TBR 3D Metal Printers
Optomec CS250 and HC-TBR 3D metal printer systems are based on Directed Energy Deposition (DED), a free-form, powder-based 3D metal printing technology that Optomec pioneered under the LENS trademark. Both machines are said to offer unparalleled value in terms of functionality, performance, flexibility and pricing.
Both platforms are designed around an efficient 250 × 250 × 250 mm build volume which is suitable for small part production and repair, including batch processing. The systems are available in three-axis or five-axis versions capable of simultaneous five-axis coordinated motion for full free-space printing.
The company says that the systems are also equipped with a next-generation printhead that is capable of automatically changing the laser spot size and output power, so the machines can apply material faster to larger areas of the part yet still create fine features with lower heat input to thinner areas of the build. These printers also have an optional inert processing capability which is optimized for printing reflective and reactive alloys such as copper, aluminum and titanium, in addition to a wide variety of other common metals, including steels nickels and more.
The CS250 machine is an all-in-one system designed for research, with up to four integrated powder feeders, enabling rapid alloy development and graded material part creation. It is small enough to pass through a standard doorway, facilitating use in many existing research labs.
The HC-TBR machine is designed for high-performance, high-volume production applications. with the capability of automatically moving and processing titanium parts into and out of an inert atmosphere — a feature critical for high-quality metallurgy and plant safety. This automation module enables continuous operation without the need for manual loading into and out of a controlled environment work area.
Separating 3D printing from high-temperature processing is part of how the company’s Metal X realizes a price less than established metal AM equipment.
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