Category Archives: Laser Engineered Net Shaping

Optomec releases LENS CS 600 and CS 800 metal 3D printers

Albuquerque-based metal 3D printer manufacturer Optomec has released two new standalone systems, the LENS CS 600 and CS 800. Tom Cobbs, Optomec’s product manager, said, “The LENS CS 600 and CS 800 systems represent the latest in DED processing from precision deposition to cladding applications and extend our product portfolio to continue to provide high-value […]

Optomec LENS metal 3D printing systems to be sold to U.S. government

New Mexico metal additive manufacturing specialist Optomec has entered into a partnership with Phillips Federal, a leading machine tool supplier for the U.S. government. Under the terms of this agreement, Phillips Federal will be reselling Optomec Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS) systems to the military and other departments responsible for governmental R&D. Jamie Hanson, VP of […]

3D Printing Industry Review of the Year June 2018

Moving on to June 2018 – 3D printing strengthened its position in the automotive industry and we took on the Ocean’s 8 diamond heist. Within the 3D printing trifecta, materials started to take on a hold, and would continue to trend throughout trade shows and product announcements in the latter half of the year. Soft […]

Optomec strengthens metal additive manufacturing hold through acquisition of Huffman

Optomec, the American company behind LENS additive manufacturing and Aerosol Jet Printing technology, has acquired Huffman LLC, a CNC and laser cladding machine supplier and service provider from Clover, South Carolina. Though full terms of the acquisition remain undisclosed, Optomec has confirmed that this strategic move seeks to leverage Hoffman’s wealth of experience in the […]

Multimaterial metal 3D printing accomplished by WSU LENS project

A team of researchers at Washington State University have recently published results of a multimaterial metal 3D printing project. Using Optomec Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS) technology, the team has succeed in 3D printing components made from two different alloys in a single process. Amit Bandyopadhyay, WSU Professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials […]

U.S. DoE applies LENS additive manufacturing to discover better magnets

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) Critical Materials Institute (CMI) are using metal additive manufacturing in the hunt for a new material with “exceptional magnetic properties.” Using Optomec’s Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS) process, the team is capable of sorting through innumerable cerium alloy compositions in search of a cheaper, more abundant alternative to rare-earth neodymium iron […]

Optomec partner with LENS metal 3D printing distributor in China

Metal additive manufacturing specialist Optomec has entered into a partnership with  HUSUN Technologies, a distributor of industrial 3D printing solutions. Under the terms of the partnership, HUSUN Technologies will be promoting and selling Optomec’s LENS metal 3D printing systems across China. According to Pascal Pierra, Optomec Director of Asia Pacific Sales, the partnership has already got off […]

3D printing champions sustainability in Optomec LENS machine repair at RIT

One of the fastest growing areas of application for additive manufacturing is in spare parts and repair. Aerospace giants, i.e. Airbus and Boeing, SIA Engineering Company and smaller units like Ohio’s Airborne Maintenance & Engineering Services prove that the technology is invaluable to the aerospace sector. Other areas, including logistics and communications, marine & offshore, and automotive, are also introducing […]