Optomec Launches LENS 450 Metal 3D Printer

As RAPID 2013 continued into day two, we discovered the LENS 450 metal additive manufacturing (AM) system; a new offering from Optomec. Described by the company as “low cost,” the new metal 3D printer uses the same technology as the LENS 850, but has a smaller footprint.

The LENS 450 has a 100 x 100 x 100 mm (3.9 x 3.9 x 3.9 in.) build envelope that is hermetically sealed for the operation of a 400W IPG fiber laser. It offers a deposition rate of up to 80 g/hour, positional accuracy of around .25 mm and a liner resolution of .025 mm. Continue reading

Multi Proto Lab Debuts at RAPID 2013

The news is starting to flow from RAPID 2013. The first system that caught our eye at RAPID is the Multi Proto Lab from the National Nanotechnology Manufacturing Center (NNMC). The Multi Proto Lab is an all-in-one rapid prototyping system capable of integrating 3D Printing, precision milling, drop-on-demand printing, extrusion deposition and more in a single machine.

If additive manufacturing (AM) is reducing the need for a dedicated tool space, the Multi Proto Lab might offer even more opportunities to reduce the size of a workshop. As I’ve mentioned recently, AM is a fantastic technology, but it isn’t capable of producing every part or every prototype all on its own. If the new system from the NNMC lives up to its promise, you’ll find all the help you need in one place. Continue reading

RAPID 2013 is On

Every year for the last two decades, additive manufacturing (AM) professionals, insiders and enthusiasts have gathered for the RAPID Conference and Exposition. Hosted by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), RAPID is the most well-known 3D printing event in North America.

The four-day event will feature nearly 100 vendors on the show floor displaying the latest in AM technology and services. In addition to the show floor, RAPID 2013 will present keynote speakers, AM-related workshops and panel discussions. Continue reading

Win Tickets to RAPID 2013!

Additive manufacturing (AM) is one of the most exciting technologies around. 3D printers are used in almost every major industry, including aerospace, medical and automotive. As AM continues to move into the mainstream, professionals of all stripes are bound to be interested in learning more about what it can offer for their businesses.

RAPID 2013 offers information on the many different ways in which AM is leveraged and still being developed for future innovation. If you are interested in discovering what RAPID 2013 has to offer, Desktop Engineering and Rapid Ready Tech are pleased to announce a contest that will award a pair of free guest passes to 15 lucky winners. Continue reading

RAPID 2013 Announces Keynote Speakers

As the importance of additive manufacturing (AM) continues to grow, the nature of AM conferences changes. In place of a mainly industry insider feel to the events, more and more professionals interested in discovering what AM can offer for their business will attend to meet AM industry leaders and see AM first-hand. You won’t find a greater concentration of AM in North America than at RAPID.

I was privileged to attend RAPID 2012, and you can find highlights of my coverage here. The annual conference hosted by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers draws attendees from around the world. Along with the impressive exhibitor hall, the main draw to RAPID is the speakers that come to share their knowledge of AM, and to discuss breakthroughs in the technology. Continue reading