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Optomec advances aluminum Directed Energy Deposition (DED) additive manufacturing

Optomec advances aluminum Directed Energy Deposition (DED) additive manufacturing

Written by David

May 13, 2020

Aerosol Jet Printing (AJP) and Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS) company Optomec has announced an advancement in the capability of its LENS Directed Energy Deposition (DED) 3D printers.

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The development means that Optomec’s range of metal 3D printers can now be used to deposit any aluminum alloy, including those recently developed with improved properties for additive manufacturing. This presents opportunities to expand on the applications of the technology in the transportation and aerospace industries.

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The New Mexico-based company has been continuously developing the capabilities of its LENS technology, and in October 2019, Optomec introduced its latest LENS deposition head , the LDH 3.X, to optimize the DED process. An enhancement on its predecessor, the LDH 3.X features improved channeling for water cooling the head, as well as a quick […]

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