At RAPID-TCT, Optomec will demonstrate simultaneous five-axis additive manufacturing at its booth (#517). The machine handles building, repairing, and coating mid to large-size complex metal parts.
An Optomec LENS additive plugin is an advanced tool path generation tool that enables simultaneous five-axis control. When combined with the Siemens Sinumerik 840D CNC, complex geometries can be printed fast and easy.
“Optomec continues to push the capabilities of direct energy deposition (DED) printing. Leveraging the system flexibility and openness of the Sinumerik 840D CNC adds new capabilities to the LENS solutions. Sinumerik bridges the gap between traditional machining and additive manufacturing technologies. The 840D provides maximum control performance supporting a range of programming approaches that can be tailored to the exact needs of the additive machine builder in ways that others simply can’t,” said Tim Bell, Additive Manufacturing Industry Manager at Siemens.
An Optomec LENS system in five-axis configuration with the Siemens Sinumerik 840D CNC and the LENS additive plugin empowers users with new capabilities in DED printing. The simultaneous five-axis control moves a part seamlessly beneath the laser deposition head, virtually making overhangs obsolete, eliminating the need for support structures, and minimizing the material removal required in post processing. It also opens up the possibility to capture data within the kinematics of the system during processing and tie in advanced software applications, resulting in new DED printing and repair capabilities, improved quality control and almost limitless build possibilities.
The Siemens Sinumerik 840D comes standard on the Optomec LENS CS 600, LENS CS 800, and LENS MTS 860 systems and the new Optomec LENS additive plugin is also available on these systems as an add-on. All systems are available for immediate purchase. The innovative 840D controller ensures the highest dynamic performance and machining precision while allowing a wide range of technologies to be addressed such as hybrid machining, which includes milling and DED on the same platform.
Siemens Digital Industries (DI)