(3D Print.com, 3/12/19)
Welding on a micron level to restore and repair parts at a fast pace and cost effective is the core of Directed Energy Deposition or DED, also called laser engineered net shaping or LENS (Optomec’s version of DED). It’s an additive manufacturing process in which focused thermal energy is used to fuse materials by melting them. It is one of the fastest metal Additive Manufacturing processes available today and Optomec is one of the top companies that is doing it.
Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the firm is changing the way industries are approaching sustainable repairs to some of the most complex machinery around. From plane parts to tank gear repairs, many companies are looking into this 3D printing technology to save time and money.