Optomec announced the availability of a new low-cost offering in its lineup of metal 3D printers named the LENS 450. The printer is built on the same LENS core technology that is used throughout industry to repair, coat and rapidly manufacture a wide variety of high performance metal components, the company says.
The first delivery of the LENS 450 3D Printer will be to the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Material Science at the University of Pittsburgh, where it will be used in the school's new Advanced Manufacturing education program.
"Re-establishing America's global competitiveness is dependent upon a new generation of technicians and engineers trained in advanced manufacturing technologies," said professor C. Isaac Garcia. "The LENS 450 system is an excellent tool to conduct basic and applied research, and for training students on industry proven technology for metal additive manufacturing."
The printer can process a wide variety of materials, including stainless steel, cobalt chrome, titanium and superalloys, making it suited for rapid prototyping and repair of small metal components.
The system provides a 100mm^3 (64 cubic inch) work envelope within a class 1 laser enclosure that is hermetically sealed to maintain a pristine processing environment and operator safety. Additional features include a 400W fiber laser, powder feeder, motion control system, and proprietary part preparation and process control software.
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Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company's website.