Via Optomec YouTube channel
Global supplier of 3D printing systems for production applications Optomec has announced that it will be presenting the very latest advancements in additive manufacturing at this month's RAPID conference in Detroit, Michigan.
Ken Vartanian, Vice-President of Marketing for Optomec, will take to the stage to present 'Using Additive Manufacturing to Add Value to Products Produced with Conventional Manufacturing Methods' at the event, in the Final Part Production track on June 11th at 11:30am local time.
Vartanian's talk will investigate additive manufacturing and its ability to add value to products by adding materials to existing objects, exploding the notion that the technology is used solely to build items from scratch. This subtle change in attitude to the technology could bring numerous solutions to many customers, particularly with the ability to 3D print with structural metals, conductive metals and a range of other functional materials onto structures produced by conventional manufacturing methods such as injection moulding.
The presentation will also provide information on additive manufacturing technologies that are capable of adding materials to preformed structures and application examples with reported benefits.
The RAPID conference will be held at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan from June 10-12. In addition to the presentation, Optomec's exhibit (booth 1118) will showcase both LENS and Aerosol Jet Printers.
Optomec's LENS 3D metal printers are used to cost-effectively repair, rework and manufacture high-performance metal components in materials such as titanium, stainless steel and super alloys. 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 forged 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.
Optomec's Aerosol Jet Printers are used to directly print functional electronic circuitry and components onto low-temperature, non-planar substrates, without the need for masks, screens, or plating. The Aerosol Jet process utilises an innovative aerodynamic focusing technique to collimate a dense mist of material-laden micro droplets into a tightly controlled beam to print features as small as 10 µm or as large as several mms in a single pass. A wide assortment of materials can be printed with the Aerosol Jet system including conductive nano-particle inks and conductive polymers, dielectrics, conductive epoxies, ceramics, and bio-active materials. Aerosol Jet systems are used to print signal and power circuits, embedded sensors, conformal antenna, fuel cells, and to dispense conductive adhesives for solder-free attachment of integrated circuits and other components.