Optomec Showcases AM Print Heads at RAPID

Optomec is displaying its latest additive manufacturing solutions for printed metal and printed electronics.

Optomec is displaying its latest additive manufacturing solutions for printed metal and printed electronics.

Optomec, manufacturer of additive manufacturing machines for 3D printed metal and printed electronics, is showcasing its latest print solutions at RAPID + TCT in Chicago, May 2-4. For 3D printed metal, Optomec is displaying its LDH 3.1 print head for directed energy deposition that  allows users to change the spot size of the laser during a build or repair. For printed electronics customers, Optomec announces its latest Aerosol Jet print head, which delivers a compact, low maintenance solution for production applications. Optomec is showing these new solutions in booth 5027.

The LDH 3.1 print head delivers 3D metal builds by allowing the operator to vary the laser spot size and power density remotely and optimize the deposition for print speed and metallurgical properties. 

The new Endurance print head for Aerosol Jet machines delivers a compact, simplified print head for electronics production. The new design is optimized for longer operating runs and quicker maintenance.  It is available with an ultrasonic atomizer for use on a variety of inks. 

Optomec’s printed electronics machines enable manufacturers to create fine 3D electronic structures–such as circuits, sensors, antennas and interconnects–with features as small as 10 microns using nanoparticle inks, according to the company. The machines are used in the aerospace and defense, energy, medical device, advanced electronics packaging and research segments.

“We are pleased to be showcasing our latest production print solutions at RAPID this year,” says Mike Dean, VP of Marketing at Optomec. “On both sides of business—printed metal and printed electronics—we have been innovating in the base print technology at the heart of the additive machine. Both the LDH 3.1, which began shipping recently, and the Endurance print head, which we are just announcing, were developed in response to our production  customers who are looking for robust AM processes that are easy to integrate into their operations.”

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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