Optomec Inc, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, has announced the delivery of its 600th industrial Additive Manufacturing machine. The company has now installed more than 250 of its proprietary LENS™ systems for metal AM components, and over 350 of its Aerosol Jet® printed electronics systems.
Optomec’s reportedly has the largest installed base of Directed Energy Deposition (DED) metal AM machines, marketed under its LENS trademark. These machines are said to be particularly well suited for building large structural parts in titanium, nickel-based superalloys and stainless steel, and for repairing high value components, where they have been used in production to restore more than ten million aircraft engine parts.
The company also reports the largest installed base of true 3D electronics printers, enabling high volume production applications in advanced 3D semiconductor packaging, consumer electronics, medical device and industrial products. The company’s Aerosol Jet printers have the unique ability to additively manufacture circuitry, sensors and antennas onto virtually any surface, with features as small as ten microns. This enables continued miniaturisation of electronic systems, as well as the advance of smart parts that combine structure and functionality.
“Our team is delighted, and frankly proud, to reach this latest significant milestone that reinforces our leadership position in the markets we serve,” stated Dave Ramahi, Optomec CEO, “As rewarding as the 600 machine figure is, what’s most encouraging is that it reflects customers confidence in our solutions’ ability to meet their production needs, often having gone through rigorous qualification and regulatory protocols that are a barrier to our competitors. We are working hard to replicate these successes and believe this is just the beginning of more widespread adoption of our solutions across industry.”
Optomec’s solutions have been adopted across all industrial sectors, including aerospace, energy, electronics, life sciences and defence. These systems enable cost-effective development, production, and even repair of a wide range of end-products, from aircraft engine and industrial tooling, to smartphones and glucose monitors.
Optomec’s LENS DED and Aerosol Jet Equipment solutions are enhanced by a suite of high value digital products, including toolpath, vision, pattern recognition, scanning and process control software, as well as process recipes and AM component libraries (ie, wear coatings, antenna, sensors). Additionally, Optomec offers automation solutions to enable series and batch production.