Optomec launches ROI assessment tool calculating the cost savings of using 3D printing for MRO

Optomec, the New Mexico-based developers of Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS) and Aerosol Jet Printing (AJP) metal 3D printers, has launched a new Return On Investment (ROI) assessment tool.  Built on Optomec’s own remanufacturing experience, the cost calculator is reportedly able to assess the profitability of automated laser cladding equipment for gas turbine Maintenance and

Optomec introduces robotic automation to metal additive manufacturing repair

Optomec, the New Mexico-based developers of Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS) and Aerosol Jet Printing (AJP) metal 3D printers, has introduced robotic automation to its Huffman line of production 3D Metal Additive Repair machines. The company has combined its production laser cladders under the Huffman brand, with a Fanuc LRMate 200, a compact, six-axis industrial

Optomec advances aluminum Directed Energy Deposition (DED) additive manufacturing

Aerosol Jet Printing (AJP) and Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS) company Optomec has announced an advancement in the capability of its LENS Directed Energy Deposition (DED) 3D printers.  The development means that Optomec’s range of metal 3D printers can now be used to deposit any aluminum alloy, including those recently developed with improved properties for

ADDere produces rocket combustion chamber using Laser Wire Additive Manufacturing Technology

ADDere, the additive manufacturing division of Wisconsin-based Midwest Engineered Systems, has used 3D printing to produce a full-size rocket thrust chamber assembly. Utilizing its Laser Wire Additive Manufacturing (LWAM) technology, ADDere was able to seamlessly merge the combustion chamber and nozzle components into one fully integrated product.  “It’s so rare that we get to show

Researchers are making recombinant-protein drugs cheaper

The mammalian cell lines that are engineered to produce high-value recombinant-protein drugs also produce unwanted proteins that push up the overall cost to manufacture these drugs. These same proteins can also lower drug quality. In a new paper in Nature Communications, researchers from the University of California San Diego and the Technical University of Denmark

Stretchable supercapacitors to power tomorrow’s wearable devices

Researchers at Duke University and Michigan State University have engineered a novel type of supercapacitor that remains fully functional even when stretched to eight times its original size. It does not exhibit any wear and tear from being stretched repeatedly and loses only a few percentage points of energy performance after 10,000 cycles of charging

Colloidal quantum dot laser diodes are just around the corner

Los Alamos scientists have incorporated meticulously engineered colloidal quantum dots into a new type of light emitting diodes (LEDs) containing an integrated optical resonator, which allows them to function as lasers. These novel, dual-function devices clear the path towards versatile, manufacturing-friendly laser diodes. The technology can potentially revolutionize numerous fields from photonics and optoelectronics to

Silica particles may lead to new treatments for obesity and diabetes

Engineered ingestible molecular traps created from mesoporous silica particles (MSPs) introduced to the gut can have an effect on food efficiency and metabolic risk factors. The results from studies on mice, published in Nanomedicine, demonstrate the potential to reduce the energy uptake into the body and could lead to new treatments for obesity and diabetes.

ADDere produces high mass parts using Laser Wire Additive Manufacturing

ADDere, an additive manufacturing division of Wisconsin-based manufacturing company Midwest Engineered Systems Inc., is using Laser Wire Additive Manufacturing (LWAM), to produce industrial parts for the aerospace and trucking industries. “Currently, the AM focus has been on powder-based metal systems,” said Scott Woida, President of ADDere. “That focus had a lot of potential markets stuck

Bone bandage soaks up pro-healing biochemical to accelerate repair

Researchers at Duke University have engineered a bandage that captures and holds a pro-healing molecule at the site of a bone break to accelerate and improve the natural healing process. In a proof-of-principle study with mice, the bandage helped to accelerate callus formation and vascularization to achieve better bone repair by three weeks. The research