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New Optomec LENS 860 Hybrid targets large format, low-cost hybrid manufacturing

A metal AM system for parts up to 860 mm, priced below $250K

Optomec, a leading global supplier of production-grade additive manufacturing systems for 3D printed metals, is introducing the new Optomec LENS 860 Hybrid Controlled Atmosphere (CA) System. This latest addition to the Optomec LENS Machine Tool Series has a larger build volume and supports higher laser power, providing more capabilities for affordable, high-quality metal hybrid manufacturing. The system will be on display at upcoming IMTS in Chicago.

The Optomec LENS 860 Hybrid CA system has an impressive 860 x 600 x 610mm work envelope. It is equipped with a hermetically-sealed build chamber that maintains oxygen and moisture levels below 10 ppm for processing reactive metals, such as Titanium. The system can be configured with closed-loop controls and a high-power 3kW fiber laser, making it ideal for building, repairing or coating mid to large size parts with superior metal quality. In addition to the LENS 860 Hybrid CA model, three more configurations are available. The Optomec LENS 860 Hybrid Open Atmosphere (OA) system provides an ideal platform for processing non-reactive metals, such as Stainless Steel, Tool Steel Inconel, etc. Two Additive-Only models (both Open and Controlled Atmosphere) round out the new large format Machine Tool Series of LENS systems.

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The LENS process up close

All Machine Tool Series systems incorporate Optomec industry-leading LENS 3D Metal Printing technology, which has been enhanced for higher power and faster additive manufacturing. One key advantage of the LENS Hybrid configuration is the ability to use the milling capability to perform finish machining on a printed part without re-fixturing or aligning the component on a second machine. The LENS Machine Tool Series continues to lead the industry in cost to performance with a starting price of under $250,000.

“The new LENS 860 suite of systems builds on the success of our Machine Tool Series, first launched at IMTS in 2016. These new larger machines continue to demonstrate our ability to transition Optomec production-proven 3D Metal Printing capability onto traditional CNC platforms that match the cost, performance and ease-of-use demands of the traditional machine tool market,” said Mr. Dave Ramahi, Optomec president and CEO. “These products are a key element of our strategy to bring Metal Additive Manufacturing into the industrial mainstream.”

The LENS 860 Hybrid CA system can produce and repair larger parts cost-effectively and also provides versatility, with the ability to print fine-features for thin wall structures and perform wide area cladding for wear coating applications. Custom Optomec software enables 5-axis to build strategies that combine additive and subtractive operations in a single tool path. A range of material starter recipes are available to help speed adoption with the LENS 860 Hybrid Controlled Atmosphere System. First customer shipments are expected to commence this year.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as both a technology journalist and communications consultant. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he received his undergraduate degree. Specializing in covering the AM industry, he founded London-based 3D Printing Business Media Ltd. (now 3dpbm) which operates in marketing, editorial and market analysys&consultancy services for the additive manufacturing industry. 3dpbm publishes 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies related to 3DP, as well as several editorial websites, including 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore. Since 2016 he is also a Senior Analyst for leading US-based firm SmarTech Analysis focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets.

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