(Manufacturing Tomorrow, 5/4/17)
Optomec, a leading global supplier of production grade additive manufacturing systems for 3D printed metals and 3D printed electronics, today announced the results of a three-year landmark study that validated the repeatability and transferability of the Optomec LENS metal additive manufacturing process. Leading Aerospace OEMS and technical experts participated in the study, which was performed on different LENS metal additive manufacturing systems at different locations. Using the same processing parameters, the printing results from each LENS system were consistent and repeatable, exhibiting tensile and fatigue properties equal to or better than wrought Titanium Ti-6-4 material. The ability to achieve repeatable machine to machine high quality printing results addresses current challenges faced by the U.S. Air Force, and provides a framework for the future adoption of metal additive manufacturing for repair and remanufacturing throughout the aircraft industry.