Optomec, a leading global supplier of production-grade additive manufacturing systems for 3D printed metals, launched a new tool series for low-cost, high-value metal additive manufacturing.
The new LENS Machine Tool Series integrates Optomec’s LENS metal additive manufacturing technology into conventional CNC Vertical Milling platforms, resulting in a Hybrid VMC Controlled-Atmosphere System.
The LENS Machine Tool series combines high-quality CNC platforms from Fryer Machine Systems with the LENS Print Engine technology to bring metal additive manufacturing capabilities to a broader market. It includes three standard configurations, all designed to reduce manufacturing process times and costs while enabling improved end product performance and rapid design changes.
The LENS 3D Metal Additive System provides open atmosphere processing at low cost. Pricing starts just below $250,000. The second configuration offered is the LENS 3D Metal Hybrid VMC System, which combines additive and subtractive operations on the same machine at a low cost. Thirdly, the LENS 3D Metal Hybrid VMC Inert System provides an atmosphere-controlled environment to extend hybrid manufacturing capabilities for reactive metals and aluminum.
The LENS 3D Metal Hybrid VMC Inert System can maintain oxygen and moisture levels at less than 40 ppm by replacing the upper enclosure of the CNC machine with an Optomec proprietary hermitically-sealed chamber and gas purification system.