Optomec, headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, has released a new LENS Laser Deposition Head (LDH 3.X) with a variable optics system capable of creating three discreet focused spot sizes to accommodate changes in laser power from 500 W to 3 kW, to ensure optimal Directed Energy Deposition (DED) processing across a range of parts and applications.
Optomec stated that with improved channelling for water cooling in the head, the LDH 3.X will not overheat while operating at high powers and for long build times. It also has a quick connect/disconnect nozzle system allowing for interchanging of nozzle types depending on the application (4-tip, coax, high overhang, etc.)
According to the company, because it enables users to vary optics, create multiple focused laser spot sizes, use interchangeable nozzles and work with a range of laser powers, the LDH 3.X is effective for a variety of industrial DED applications including small and large builds, and applications requiring high deposition rates at high powers, such as repairs, coatings, and cladding operations.
“As metal Additive Manufacturing users continue to seek higher laser powers, faster speeds, and improved deposition rates to maximise production, they don’t want to sacrifice the quality of the build,” stated Tom Cobbs, LENS product manager at Optomec. “Controlling power density during processing becomes a critical factor. The new LDH 3.X is a marked advancement in sophistication for DED processing. Its versatility, robustness, and ease-of-use empower the user to control laser power density at the workpiece for optimal results across a wide range of industrial applications.”
The Optomec LENS LDH 3.X is available immediately for most Optomec LENS system models.