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Optomec to Demonstrate Simultaneous Five-Axis Metal Additive Manufacturing at RAPID-TCT 2019

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At RAPID-TCT, Optomec, a leading global supplier of production-grade
metal, directed energy deposition (DED) systems, will demonstrate
simultaneous five-axis additive manufacturing at its booth (#517),
enabling new capabilities for building, repairing, and coating mid to
large-size complex metal parts.

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Optomec LENS 860 System (Photo: Optomec)

Optomec LENS 860 System (Photo: Optomec)

The new 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 faster and
easier, creating ROI for industry users by saving significant time and
costs as well as enabling builds not possible before.

“Optomec has once again pushed DED printing capability to new heights.
By leveraging the outstanding system flexibility and openness of the
Sinumerik 840D CNC, Optomec adds new capabilities to its LENS solutions.
With its innovative HMI, Sinumerik bridges the gap between traditional
machining and additive manufacturing technologies. The 840D provides
maximum control performance supporting a wide 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 is a powerful framework that
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, dramatically improving build-time and saving costs. 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.

“We wanted advanced capabilities in a system controller with room to
grow. The Siemens 840D controller was a natural choice for us,” stated
Tom Cobbs, LENS Product Manager at Optomec. “Siemens is well recognized
by machine tool users worldwide as the industry leader in cutting-edge
automation technologies, and the 840D controller is a familiar and
trusted HMI used extensively in industry, from aerospace and defense to
power generation and automotive sectors requiring the highest dynamic
performance and additive/subtractive precision. The 840D allows for
seamless and sophisticated multi-axis printing which empowers users to
make builds that simply were not possible with previous configurations.
For designers, the power and versatility allow new freedoms to optimize
part design in DFAM efforts.”

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.

The Optomec
LENS 860 Hybrid Controlled Atmosphere (CA) System
is a hybrid DED
additive and machining system and will be on display in the Optomec
RAPID+TCT booth #517. Come see the LENS additive plugin and the Siemens
Sinumerik 840D controller use simultaneous five-axis capabilities to
print demo parts on the show floor.

About Siemens Digital Industries (DI)

Siemens offers a comprehensive portfolio of seamlessly integrated
hardware, software and technology-based services in order to support
manufacturing companies worldwide in enhancing the flexibility and
efficiency of their manufacturing processes and reducing the
time-to-market of their products. It is recognized by machine tool users
worldwide as the industry leader in cutting-edge automation technologies.

About Optomec

Optomec is a privately-held, rapidly growing supplier of Additive
Manufacturing systems. Optomec’s patented Aerosol Jet Systems for printed
and LENS 3D Printers for metal components are used by
industry to reduce product cost and improve performance. Together, these
unique printing solutions work with the broadest spectrum of functional
materials, ranging from electronic inks to structural metals and even
biological matter. Optomec has more than 200 marquee customers around
the world, targeting production applications in the electronics, energy,
life sciences and aerospace industries. For more information about
Optomec, visit