The LENS system, which has been installed at CCAT's headquarters in East Hartford, Connecticut, USA will be mainly used in developing develop repair and hybrid manufacturing solutions for a range of industries. Optomec's LENS Additive Manufacturing systems are used to fabricate, improve, and repair high-performance metal components in materials such as titanium, stainless steel, and Inconel. LENS systems use a laser to build up structures one layer at a time directly from powder metal. The resulting three-dimensional components have improved mechanical properties, equivalent to forged components for many applications.
“LENS has already proven itself as a powerful tool for use in repair and refurbishment applications,” said Dr Tom Maloney, director of technology, research and applications initiative and principal investigator of the National Aerospace Leadership Initiative (NALI). “We intend to build upon this success to create solutions that will provide the means to both accelerate and validate these processes, and will, together with our Machining Applications Lab, develop hybrid machining techniques that explore how currently insular processes may be combined to provide cost, quality and time benefits."