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LENS printers use the energy from a high-power laser to build up structures one layer at a time directly from powdered metals. The resulting fully functional metal structures offer excellent mechanical properties, similar to wrought components for many applications.
LENS printers are used throughout the entire product lifecycle for applications ranging from Materials Research to Repair and Rework to Low Volume Manufacturing. Unlike ‘powder-bed” additive manufacturing approaches, the LENS process can add metal onto an existing substrate of almost any 3-Dimensional shape while powder-bed processes require a flat, 2-Dimensional horizontal base. This makes the LENS process uniquely qualified to perform repair operations or to selectively add material in 3D to enhance existing parts produced using conventional manufacturing methods.
LENS technology is also available as a flexible print engine that can be integrated within existing production environments to allow a hybrid manufacturing approach. This open architecture allows it to work in conjunction with known automation systems and machine tools and further reduces costs as well as down time to adopt a new manufacturing approach.
Optomec is a privately-held, rapidly growing supplier of production grade Additive Manufacturing systems. Optomec patented Aerosol Jet systems for printed electronics and LENS 3D Printers for metal components are used by industry to reduce product cost and improve performance. Together, these unique printing solutions work with the broadest spectrum of functional materials, ranging from electronic inks to structural metals and even biological matter. Optomec has more than 150 marquee customers around the world, targeting production applications in the Electronics, Energy, Life Sciences and Aerospace industries. For more information about Optomec, visit https://optomec.com.
Multistation is a privately-held company based in Paris and is the rapidly growing French leading provider of complete solutions of digital and additive manufacturing. Since 1987, Multistation’s expertise includes heavy and complex machine tools, metal additive manufacturing and lattice engineering, micro-factories equipment and rapid prototyping market. Multistation opened a Rapid Prototyping demo center in 2013 and an additive manufacturing & lattice engineering center in 2014, both located in Paris, 15e. Multistation provides solutions to various market sectors such as aerospace, education, automotive, energy, medical and luxury.
For more information: www.multistation.com or follow us @MultistationSAS, on LinkedIn, on Facebook and Google+
LENS is a registered trademark of Sandia National Labs
Aerosol Jet is a registered trademark of Optomec