The LENS DED system printing aluminum powder onto an aluminum substrate.
The LENS DED system printing aluminum powder onto an aluminum substrate.

Optomec says that its LENS directed energy deposition (DED) 3D printing system can be used to deposit any aluminum alloy, including those recently developed for improved properties in additive manufacturing (AM).

According the company, this new development makes it possible to 3D print and repair parts in the transportation and aerospace industries. As well as this, using Optomec’s simultaneous five-axis system enables the processing of aluminum alloy parts with complex geometries without the need for support structures.

‘Our engineers have developed process parameters for aluminum alloys to provide an excellent surface finish, high deposition rates and a density of ~99.9%,’ said David Otazu, LENS applications engineer.

This story uses material from Optomec, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.