LENS systems utilize high power laser processing to fabricate and repair high value metal Components in materials such as titanium, steel and Inconel®. The LENS process is used in a range of aerospace, defense and medical applications including: the repair of gas turbine engine components, cladding, and production of titanium hardware.
- Teaching and research on metal 3D Printing
- Rapid Manufacturing
- Rapid Prototyping
- Hybrid Manufacturing
- Rapid Alloy Screening
- Repair & Remanufacture
How the LENS® system works ?
LENS systems utilize a high-power laser together with powdered metals to build fully dense structures directly from a 3-dimensional CAD solid model.
The CAD model is automatically sliced into a tool-path, which instructs the LENS machine how to build the part. The part is constructed layer by layer under the control of software that monitors a variety of parameters to ensure geometric and mechanical integrity.
The LENS process is housed in a chamber which is purged with argon such that the oxygen level stays below 10 parts per million to ensure there is no impurity pick-up during deposition. The metal powder is fed to the process by Optomec’s proprietary powder-feed system, which is able to flow small quantities of powder very precisely. When complete, the part is removed and can be heat-treated, Hot-Isostatic Pressed, machined, or finished in any other manner
LENS® 150 ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING CONTROLLED ATMOSPHERE SYSTEM
Additive Manufacturing, also known as 3D Printing, has recently emerged as the first manufacturing revolution of the 21st Century. Industrial applications are growing rapidly and processes are being qualified in numerous industries. In the area of metal Additive Manufacturing, applications such as repair, rework, coating and low volume manufacturing are being implemented across a wide range of industries, including oil and gas, aerospace, mining, power generation and medical.
The all-new LENS 150 system offers a low cost entry to metal Additive Manufacturing. With a 150mm cubed working volume, 400W fiber laser and full LENS control software, the LENS 150 gives the user the same process as the industry-proven LENS Classic and Machine Tool Series Systems , but with a smaller footprint and at alower cost.
LENS 150 AM CA FEATURES
- Blown Powder Deposition – visible, teachable process
- Industry-proven LENS process
- Rapid set-up – make a new material in ten minutes!
- High brightness solid-state Fiber Laser
- Rapid solidification rates (>1000C) – Novel microstructures
- Complete Atmosphere Control – full protection for highest quality
- Create mixtures – rapid alloy discovery