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Optomec announced the launch of a new tool series that enables low-cost, high-value metal additive manufacturing. The new LENS Machine Tool Series integrates Optomec’s robust LENS metal additive manufacturing technology into conventional CNC Vertical Milling platforms, resulting in breakthrough price points as well as the industry’s first Hybrid VMC Controlled-Atmosphere System.

“Optomec’s Machine Tool series leverages LENS industry-proven technology to provide high-performance metal additive and hybrid manufacturing capabilities at an incredible price point, making additive manufacturing a viable solution for the machine tooling industry,” said Mr. David Ramahi, president and CEO of Optomec.  “This new product line complements our existing LENS systems and fills specific gaps for low cost additive only and hybrid CNC inert systems.  We are working with machine tool vendors to make production-grade metal additive manufacturing more affordable and accessible.”

Optomec’s new LENS Machine Tool series combines high-quality CNC platforms from Fryer Machine Systems with industry-proven LENS Print Engine technology to bring metal additive manufacturing capabilities to a broader market.  It includes three standard configurations, all designed to reduce manufacturing process times and costs while enabling improved end product performance and rapid design changes. The LENS 3D Metal Additive System provides high-value, open atmosphere processing at the lowest cost. With pricing starting just below, $250,000 this machine is a breakthrough both in pricing and functionality. The second configuration offered is the LENS 3D Metal Hybrid VMC System, which combines additive and subtractive operations on the same machine at a low cost.  Thirdly, the LENS 3D Metal Hybrid VMC Inert System is an industry first, providing an atmosphere-controlled environment to extend hybrid manufacturing capabilities for reactive metals and aluminum.

The LENS 3D Metal Hybrid VMC Inert System is the first of its kind for the metal working industry. The system can maintain oxygen and moisture levels at less than 40 ppm by replacing the upper enclosure of the CNC machine with an Optomec proprietary hermitically-sealed chamber and gas purification system.

Pricing for the LENS Machine Tool Series starts at $249,500 for the Additive Open Atmosphere System.  The full product line was unveiled at IMTS 2016 and first customer shipments will commence in Q1 2017.

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