Optomec Announces Its New LENS CS 600 and 800 Controlled Atmosphere DED Systems

These new additions to the Optomec Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS) Classic System Series are configurable and maximize the process build envelope.

These new additions to the Optomec Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS) Classic System Series are configurable and maximize the process build envelope.

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Optomec has released the new LENS CS 600 and CS 800 Controlled Atmosphere (CA) DED Systems. These new additions to the Optomec Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS) Classic System Series are configurable and maximize the process build envelope with a minimal system footprint.  

“These new systems come packed with next-generation DED components all born from signature Optomec know-how and built to provide affordable, high-quality metal additive manufacturing capabilities for industry’s most demanding requirements,” says Tom Cobbs, Optomec LENS product manager. “The LENS CS 600 and CS 800 systems represent the latest in DED processing from precision deposition to cladding applications and extend our product portfolio to continue to provide high-value metal additive manufacturing solutions.”

The LENS CS 600 and CS 800 come standard with controlled atmosphere chambers allowing for processing of both non-reactive and reactive metals in an atmosphere that keeps moisture and oxygen levels at less than 10 ppm. Also standard is the powerful Siemens 840D controller, which allows for smooth and sophisticated 3D printing from three-axis up to simultaneous five-axis motion. These systems are also compatible with Optomec’s latest-generation LENS deposition head providing higher power laser processing (up to 3 kW), interchangeable print nozzles and variable spot sizes. 

Optomec LENS systems use an additive manufacturing technique called directed energy deposition (DED), where high-powered lasers build structures layer by layer directly from powdered metals, alloys, ceramics or composites to produce fully-dense parts with mechanical and fatigue properties.   

The LENS CS 600 and CS 800 systems are designed to maximize the LENS process build envelope while minimizing chamber volume and system footprint. The base LENS machines are equipped with a linear three-axis motion system, but optionally can be delivered with a user interchangeable rotary table and or tilt-rotate trunnion for four- and five-axis operations. The Siemens motion controller provides an easy-to-use push-button HMI and uses industry standard G&M codes to drive the system. Optional material starter recipes, closed-loop process controls, thermal imaging, five-axis tool path generation software and customer service round out the LENS CS 600 and CS 800 systems. 

All classic series systems incorporate Optomec LENS 3D Metal Printing technology, which has been enhanced for higher power and faster additive manufacturing. One advantage of LENS is that it is able to add metal to existing parts for repair and coating applications that extend the useful life of components without the need to refixture or align the component on a second machine, Optomec says. First customer shipments have already begun this year. 

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