Optomec demonstrates simultaneous five-axis hybrid metal Additive Manufacturing

November 13, 2018

November 13, 2018

Optomec demonstrates simultaneous five-axis hybrid metal Additive Manufacturing

The Optomec LENS 860 hybrid controlled atmosphere system can process reactive metals and combines additive and subtractive operations on the same machine

Optomec, Albuquerque, USA, is showcasing its newest hybrid machine tool system offering a larger build volume and higher power capability for metal additive and hybrid manufacturing at Formnext 2018, November 13 – 16, Frankfurt, Germany. The LENS 860 Hybrid Controlled Atmosphere (CA) System is the latest addition to the Machine Tool Series,and integrates Optomec’s LENS technology with vertical machining platforms, resulting in the industry’s first hybrid controlled atmosphere system.

“We are excited to be at Formnext, the premier gathering of the world’s next-generation manufacturing technologies, with our biggest, most powerful system for printing high-value metal parts,” stated Urs Berger Managing Director of Optomec’s newly-announced headquarters for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) in Dübendorf, Switzerland. “The LENS 860 has unique capabilities and the right economics to make metal Additive Manufacturing more accessible for a wider range of industrial applications.”

With an 860 x 600 x 610 mm work envelope, the LENS 860 Hybrid CA system offers a much larger build volume than other systems in the Machine Tool Series and comes with a hermetically-sealed build chamber that maintains oxygen and moisture levels below 10 ppm for processing reactive metals, such as titanium. It can be configured with closed loop controls and a high-power 3 kW fibre laser, making the system ideal for building, repairing, coating and finishing mid to large size parts with superior metal quality.

Opotmec LENS product manager Tom Cobbs added, “With the LENS 860, customers can print and mill and perform finished machining on a printed part all on the same system without re-fixturing or aligning the component on a second machine. We think this will bring great benefits to companies looking to move to additive and hybrid manufacturing.”

All systems in the Machine Tool Series incorporate Optomec’s LENS 3D Metal Printing technology, which uses a high-power laser (400 W to 3 kW) to fuse powdered metals into fully dense, three-dimensional structures. Optomec’s software enables five-axis build strategies that integrate additive and subtractive operations in a single tool path. A range of material starter recipes compliment the system and help speed adoption and success with the LENS 860 Hybrid Controlled Atmosphere System.

Optomec will run demonstrations showcasing simultaneous 5-axis metal printing and a single tool path for both additive and subtractive processes on the same machine at its booth in Hall 3.1 Stand J10.


November 13, 2018

About Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine

Metal AM magazine, published quarterly in digital and print formats, is read by a rapidly expanding international audience.

Our audience includes component manufacturers, end-users, materials and equipment suppliers, analysts, researchers and more.

In addition to providing extensive industry news coverage, Metal AM magazine is known for exclusive, in-depth articles and technical reports.

Our focus is the entire metal AM process from design to application.

Each issue is available as an easy-to-navigate digital edition and a high-quality print publication.

In the latest issue of Metal AM magazine

Download PDF

Extensive AM industry news coverage, as well as the following exclusive deep-dive articles:

  • Metal powders in Additive Manufacturing: An exploration of sustainable production, usage and recycling
  • Inside Wayland Additive: How innovation in electron beam PBF is opening new markets for AM
  • An end-to-end production case study: Leveraging data-driven machine learning and autonomous process control in AM
  • Consolidation, competition, and the cost of certification: Insight from New York’s AM Strategies 2024
  • Scandium’s impact on the Additive Manufacturing of aluminium alloys
  • AM for medical implants: An analysis of the impact of powder reuse in Powder Bed Fusion

The world of metal AM to your inbox

Don't miss any new issue of Metal AM magazine, and get the latest industry news. Sign up to our twice weekly newsletter.

Sign up

Looking for AM machines, metal powders or part manufacturing services?

Discover suppliers of these and more in our comprehensive advertisers’ index and buyer’s guide, available in the back of Metal AM magazine.

  • AM machines
  • Process monitoring & calibration
  • Heat treatment & sintering
  • HIP systems & services
  • Pre- & post-processing technology
  • Powders, powder production and analysis
  • Part manufacturers
  • Consulting, training & market data
View online

Discover our magazine archive…

The free to access Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine archive offers unparalleled insight into the world of metal Additive Manufacturing from a commercial and technological perspective through:

  • Reports on visits to leading metal AM part manufacturers and industry suppliers
  • Articles on technology and application trends
  • Information on materials developments
  • Reviews of key technical presentations from the international conference circuit
  • International industry news

All past issues are available to download as free PDFs or view in your browser.

Browse the archive

Share via
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap