Agreement to market metal 3D to US academia
TEC will market Optomec 3D systems for printed electronics to universities and technical institutions throughout the Northeast US.
TEC will market Optomec 3D systems for printed electronics to universities and technical institutions throughout the Northeast US.

By Liz Nickels

TEC will market Optomec LENS systems which can produce 3D metal parts and selectively add material in 3D to enhance existing parts produced using conventional manufacturing methods. Using a high power laser, the LENS process builds 3D structures from titanium, stainless steel, nickel, cobalt and other engineering alloys.

Optomec Aerosol Jet systems are used to directly print functional electronic circuitry and components onto 2D and 3D substrates. The Aerosol Jet process uses an aerodynamic focusing technique to collimate a dense mist of metal nano-particle inks and other electronic materials into a beam to print features as small as 10 microns or as large as several mm in a single pass.

“TEC’s longstanding philosophy has been to bring quality commercial and advanced technologies to the academic marketplace in order to enable institutions and their students to contribute to tomorrow’s high manufacturing demands,” said Richard Amarosa, president and founder of TEC, Inc. “TEC feels that this technology is a 'must have' for institutions focused on creating a highly knowledgeable engineering workforce for the next ‘industrial manufacturing revolution’.”

“Our partnership will help accelerate the creation of a new generation of engineers and technicians trained in production grade additive manufacturing technology and ready to assume roles in industry,” said Ken Vartanian, marketing vice president at Optomec.