Optomec, developers of Directed Energy Deposition and Aersol Jet metal 3D printers has unveiled a new software tool. Optomec is a privately-held, fast expanding supplier of 3D printing systems. The tool will speed up the use of 3D printing for repair. Optomec is based in Albuquerque.
AutoCLAD is an exclusive vision and software mechanism that produces a custom toolpath for every path before processing. Originally, it was produced under Huffman brand by Optomec.
The software has been tested by enterprises working with aircraft engines and industrial gas turbines. It was tested to repair both damaged and worn parts.
The AutoCLAD vision system software may be utilized with the range of LENS metal 3D printing systems from Optomec. Customers can now utilize automated DED for the repair of reactive metals.
The metals include titanium in a controlled argon environment. This all thanks to the capability added to the LENS brand of solutions. Also, it brings Auto CLAD technology to hybrid 3D printing. This combines 3D printing and machine capabilities in one system.
The AutoCLAD images the section and instantly adjusts and changes the toolpath and DED parameters for every individual section. This happens depending on fluctuations in orientation, shape, and dimension. Furthermore, it adjusts laser power to decrease heat input into smaller parts. This drastically lowers the HAZ (heat-affected zone) of the completed section.
A tiny overbuild is attained that remarkably lessens the final machining period after the 3D printing procedure. This is happens by adjusting the toolpath for every single piece.
In a statement, Marketing Director at Optomec, Mike Dean said the following;
“This latest enhancement combines three important technologies developed by Optomec into a single system. Combining the capabilities of AutoCLAD with Optomec’s industry-leading controlled atmosphere technology and hybrid manufacturing solutions enables the processing of reactive metals without oxidation, and allows Additive Manufacturing and machining in a single system. No other company has this combination, in fact, no one has software like AutoCLAD.”
“We see this as a big win for customers who want to use DED for the repair of titanium components as well as anyone doing repetitive part repair in industries such as oil and gas, mining, and tool and die.” He added.
According to reports, The AutoCLAD system is accessible instantly. This is as an update for all Optomec LENS systems that utilize the Siemens 840D controller. They include the LENS CS 600, CS 1500, CS 800, and MTS 860 machines.