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Optomec to Present Latest Advancements in Additive Manufacturing at RAPID Conference

Optomec, a global supplier of 3D Printing systems for production applications, announced today that Mr. Ken Vartanian, Vice President of Marketing for Optomec, will give a presentation at the RAPID conference, entitled, “Using Additive Manufacturing to Add Value to Products Produced with Conventional Manufacturing Methods.” Optomec’s presentation will be given in the “Final Part Production” track on Wednesday, June 11 at 11:30 a.m. The RAPID conference will be held at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan, from June 10-12. In addition to the presentation, Optomec’s exhibit (booth #1118) will showcase both LENS and Aerosol Jet Printers.

Mr. Vartanian’s presentation will explain how Additive Manufacturing can be used to add value by adding material to anything, whereas 3D Printing is usually assumed to mean building complete products in 3D. This subtle but important difference broadens the scope of Additive Manufacturing solutions to include the ability to print structural metals, conductive metals and a wide array of other functional materials onto structures produced by conventional manufacturing methods, such as injection molded plastic parts. The presentation will also provide details on Additive Manufacturing technologies capable of adding materials to preformed structures and application examples with reported benefits.

Optomec LENS 3D Metal Printers are used to cost-effectively repair, rework and manufacture high-performance metal components in materials such as titanium, stainless steel, and super alloys. LENS printers use the energy from a high-power laser to build up structures one layer at a time directly from powdered metals. The resulting fully functional metal structures offer excellent mechanical properties, similar to forged components for many applications. LENS printers are used throughout the entire product lifecycle for applications ranging from Materials Research to Repair and Rework to Low Volume Manufacturing. For more information on LENS printers, click here.

Optomec’s Aerosol Jet Printers are used to directly print functional electronic circuitry and components onto low-temperature, non-planar substrates, without the need for masks, screens, or plating. The Aerosol Jet process utilizes an innovative aerodynamic focusing technique to collimate a dense mist of material-laden micro droplets into a tightly controlled beam to print features as small as 10 microns or as large as several millimeters in a single pass. A wide assortment of materials can be printed with the Aerosol Jet system including conductive nano-particle inks and conductive polymers, dielectrics, conductive epoxies, ceramics, and bio-active materials. Aerosol Jet systems are used to print signal and power circuits, embedded sensors, conformal antenna, fuel cells, and to dispense conductive adhesives for solder-free attachment of integrated circuits and other components. For more information on Aerosol Jet printing, click here.

Optomec is a privately-held, rapidly growing supplier of Additive Manufacturing systems. Optomec patented Aerosol Jet Systems for printed electronics 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 150 marquee customers around the world, targeting production applications in the Electronics, Energy, Life Sciences and Aerospace industries.

LENS is a registered trademark of Sandia National Laboratories.

Aerosol Jet and Optomec are registered trademarks of Optomec, Inc.

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