Optomec Inc.

Albuquerque, NM, United States

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Albuquerque, NM, United States

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This 2017 report on metal powders for additive manufacturing will cover more metals than ever reflecting the growing palette of metal printing.  We will also analyze the latest printers and technology developments that have emerges since our 2016 report on this topic.  And the author also takes a look at who has been the winners and losers in the past year.  As usual the report includes ten-year forecasts of the additive manufactured metals market with projections by type of machine and software, metal consumed and service revenue bureau.  Forecasts are also included by application/end-user industry.  The metal additive manufacturing market remains one of the strongest growth areas of the broader 3D printing industry, and is entering a pivotal year in its evolution in which a number of developments are expected to determine whether or not various metal AM technologies will deliver on expected potential. Incumbent processes and vendors who have enjoyed numerous years of strong growth with little competitive pressure now face a significantly different market structure in 2017, characterized by a drive towards real manufacturing implementation and digital manufacturing business model realization. Through nearly 200 pages of analysis and market data, the latest ten year forecast outlooks for metal AM are presented, and include key market metrics such as: - Metal powder shipments by mass across eight leading alloy families, and resulting revenue opportunities - Hardware unit sales and install base estimates by metal AM technology subgroup (laser powder bed fusion, electron beam powder bed fusion, powder directed energy deposition, metal binder jetting) - Revenue opportunities for sale of metal powders for additive manufacturing within specific end user markets Other features of this report include: - Analysis of individual metal AM technologies and markets, including market share estimates of leading hardware vendors - Competitive profiling and market share analysis of leading metal powder producers active in the additive manufacturing industry - Assessments of new developmental metal additive manufacturing processes expected to come to market in 2017 or 2018 and their impact on existing solutions Key Topics Covered: Chapter One: Metal Additive Manufacturing Market in 2017 - A Pivotal Year 1.1 Trailing Twelve-Month Review of Metal AM Market Activity 1.1.1 Major Market Structure Changes - Acquisitions to Affect Supply Chain of Metal Powders 1.1.1.1 Puris and Carpenter 1.1.1.2 DMG Mori and Realizer 1.1.2 Major Market Structure Changes - Significant New Entrants to Powder Bed Fusion Technology 1.1.3 Significant Process Development for Alternatives to Powder Bed Fusion - Anticipating Commercial Impacts 1.2 Regional Growth Perspectives in Metal AM 1.2.1 European OEM Landscape Undergoing Changes 1.2.2 North America Becoming Key Target for Major Players, Powder Supply Chain 1.2.3 Demand for Metal AM In Asia Being Powered by Advanced Healthcare 1.2.4 Rest of World - India, Mid-East Showing Signs of Growth 1.3 Key Trends in Metal AM Technology Shaping the Future of Additive Manufacturing 1.3.1 Advancements in Metal Additive Manufacturing Software Solutions 1.3.2 Powder Bed Fusion Process Architecture Shifting Towards Automation, Serial Manufacturing 1.3.3 Advancements in In-Situ Process Monitoring and Quality Assurance Technologies 1.3.4 Key Growth Factors and Development Goals by Print Technology 1.4 Shifting Market Requirements for Metal Powders and Alloys in Additive Manufacturing 1.4.1 Need for Expertise Development and Consulting Services in Niche Alloy Groups 1.5 Characterizing Metal Additive Manufacturing Markets and User Groups in 2017 and Beyond 1.5.1 Aerospace Industry Driving Serial Manufacturing, Use of Specialized Alloys 1.5.2 Medical Industry Transitioning to Metal AM at Record Levels 1.5.3 Service Providers Capitalizing on Metal Additive Manufacturing Expertise 1.5.4 Automotive Industry Expected to Grow Through Rapid Metal Tooling 1.5.5 Emerging Opportunities: Defense, Energy, Oil and Gas, and More 1.6 Summary of Latest Market Forecasts and Data Chapter Two: Metal Additive Manufacturing Technologies and End Users 2.1 Metal Powder Bed Fusion Technology 2.1.1 Laser-Based Powder Bed Fusion Market Metrics 2.1.1.1 Average Market Cost of Laser Powder Bed Fusion Technology 2.1.1.2 Market Share of Laser Powder Bed Fusion Market - 2016 2.1.1.3 Laser Powder Bed Fusion - Share of Alloys 2.1.1.4 New Laser Metal AM Systems Coming to Market in 2017 2.1.2 Electron Beam-Based Powder Bed Fusion Market Metrics 2.1.2.1 Electron Beam Powder Bed Fusion - Share of Alloys 2.1.3 Key Technology Developments in Powder Bed Fusion 2.1.3.1 Automated Handling Unit Integration 2.2 Powder Based Directed Energy Deposition (Laser Cladding) 2.2.1 Significant Technical Developments in Directed Energy Deposition Additive Manufacturing 2.2.2 Wire-Based Directed Energy Deposition and Its Impacts 2.2.3 Laser-Based Directed Energy Deposition Market Metrics 2.2.3.1 Average Market Cost of Laser Powder Bed Fusion Technology 2.3.2.2 Market Share of Laser Powder Bed Fusion Market - 2016 2.3.2.3 Laser Powder Bed Fusion - Share of Alloys 2.3 Metal Binder Jetting 2.4 Analysis of Hardware Market Major Players: Incumbents 2.4.1 3D Systems 2.4.2 EOS 2.4.3 Concept Laser 2.4.4 Arcam 2.4.5 SLM Solutions 2.4.6 Renishaw 2.4.7 Optomec 2.4.8 ExOne 2.5 Analysis of Hardware Market Major Players: Challengers 2.5.1 Trumpf/Sisma 2.5.2 OR LASER 2.5.3 Additive Industries 2.5.4 Farsoon 2.5.5 AddUp Solutions (Fives/Michelin) Chapter Three: The Metal Powder Supply Chain - Production, Supply, and Influencers 3.1 Characterization of Metal Powders for Additive Manufacturing 3.1.1 Evolving Powder Specifications and Requirements Influencing Supply Chain in 2017 3.2 Overview of Metal Powder Supply Chain in 2017 3.2.1 Ongoing Evolution in the Additive Manufacturing- Specific Metal Powder Supply Chain 3.2.2 Success Recommendations for Metal Powder Suppliers Targeting AM in 2017 3.3 Metal Powder Production Methods for Additive Manufacturing Technologies 3.3.1 Major Trends in Powder Production 2017-2026 3.3.2 Gas-Based Atomization 3.3.3 Plasma-Based Atomization 3.3.4 Alternative Atomization and Production Methods 3.3.4.1 Water Atomization 3.3.4.2 Non-Atomization Approaches 3.3.5 Cost Analysis and Expectations for Metal Powders in AM 3.4 Analysis of Powder Supply Chain Players 3.4.1 AP&C 3.4.2 Carpenter 3.4.3 Sandvik 3.4.4 H.C. Starck 3.4.5 GKN Hoeganaes 3.4.6 Osaka Titanium 3.4.7 Praxair Surface Technologies 3.4.8 ATI Metals 3.4.9 Alcoa/Arconic 3.4.10 Pyrogenesis 3.4.11 US Metal Powders/AMPAL, Inc. 3.4.12 Suppliers of Precious Metal Powders 3.4.13 System OEMs Influencing Supply Chains through Reselling Chapter Four: Metal Alloy Categories in Additive Manufacturing - Opportunities and Applications 4.1 Steels in Additive Manufacturing 4.1.1 Top Growth Applications and Associated Markets for Steels in Additive Manufacturing 4.1.2 Primary Production Methods, Processing Technologies, and Suppliers for Steel Powders 4.2 Cobalt Chrome 4.3 Titanium Alloys 4.4 Nickel Alloys 4.5 Aluminum Alloys 4.6 Refractory Metals and Other Alloys Tantalum, Tungsten, Molybdenum, and More 4.7 Precious Metals Chapter Five: Ten-Year Forecasts for Metal Powders and Metal Additive Manufacturing Technologies 5.1 Methodology and Forecast Considerations 5.2 Presentation of Key Market Metrics 5.3 Metal AM Hardware Forecast Data 5.4 Metal Powders for AM Forecasts by Industry Segment 5.4.1 Aerospace 5.4.2 Automotive 5.4.3 Medical 5.4.4 Dental 5.4.5 Service Bureaus for Metal AM Services 5.4.6 Jewelry 5.4.7 Oil and Gas 5.4.8 Other Industries 5.5 Summary of Metal AM Forecast Revenues For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/vw8pht/additive Research and Markets Laura Wood, Senior Manager press@researchandmarkets.com For E.S.T Office Hours Call +1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call +1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900 U.S. Fax: 646-607-1907 Fax (outside U.S.): +353-1-481-1716 To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/global-950-million-additive-manufacturing-with-metal-powders-opportunity-analysis-and-ten-year-forecast-2017-2027---research-and-markets-300464099.html


News Article | May 24, 2017
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Optomec, a leading global supplier of production grade additive manufacturing systems for 3D printed metals and 3D printed electronics, today announced that its President and CEO, Dave Ramahi, will give a presentation titled “Printing 3D Sensors and Antennas Directly onto Products” at the LiveWorx Technology conference in Boston, Mass. Optomec additive manufacturing solutions are used in production today to print strain gauges that collect mechanical deformation data for condition based maintenance, establishing the convergence of 3D printing and IoT applications. LiveWorx 2017, a global technology conference driving solutions engineered for a smart connected world, will introduce an unbeatable lineup of the world’s most inspiring leaders, thinkers and industry trailblazers. Ramahi’s presentation will take place at 11:30 a.m. on May 25, in the Internet of Things track. Ramahi will discuss how Optomec’s Aerosol Jet system can directly print sensors and antennas onto existing 3D structures, or be used to more tightly package traditional discrete sensors and antenna in a 3D setting. This enables production of Smart Products that are an essential building block for the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet applications. Optomec’s Direct Write 3D printing technology improves upon legacy discrete sensor & antenna production methods, which are generally 2D, and fail to optimize for cost, size, weight and performance when adapted to 3D products. Ramahi will also share how Optomec is developing sets of generic sensor and antenna reference libraries to help speed the adoption of Smart Product solutions. The LiveWorx premier technology conference offers a year’s worth of knowledge and skill-building content in less than a week. State-of-the-art companies will have leading product experts on-hand to help solve technical issues and showcase hundreds of software applications, as well as solutions. LiveWorx will feature 200+ breakouts covering critical industry topics. The conference also offers cutting-edge use cases, live demonstrations and deep-dive technical lectures. The event will equip attendees with the capacity to enhance professional expertise and outthink the needs of the competition. For more information on the conference, click here. Optomec is a privately-held, rapidly growing supplier of Additive Manufacturing systems. Optomec’s patented Aerosol Jet Systems for printed electronics and LENS 3D Printers for metal components are used by industry to reduce product cost and improve performance. Together, these unique printing solutions work with the broadest spectrum of functional materials, ranging from electronic inks to structural metals and even biological matter. Optomec has more than 200 marquee customers around the world, targeting production applications in the Electronics, Energy, Life Sciences and Aerospace industries. LENS (Laser Engineered Net Shaping) is a registered trademark of Sandia National Laboratories. Aerosol Jet and Optomec are registered trademarks of Optomec Inc.


News Article | April 25, 2017
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Optomec, a leading global supplier of production grade additive manufacturing systems for 3D printed electronics, announced today that the company, along with its partner Wong’s Kong King Ltd (WKK), will showcase its Aerosol Jet systems for 3D printed electronics at NEPCON China in Shanghai. The conference/expo will be held April 25-27 at the Shanghai World Expo and Convention center in China. Optomec will be located in the WKK booth # 1-F50 in Hall 1. At the expo, Optomec will display next generation 3D printed electronic devices used in consumer electronics, semiconductor packaging and Internet of Things applications. Also in the WKK booth, Optomec will showcase a video highlighting the use of Aerosol Jet technology in mass production at the LITE-ON Mobile Mechanical SBG (LITE-ON) factory in Guangzhou, China. For over one year, multiple Aerosol Jet production systems have been operating 24x7 at LITE-ON printing conformal electronics onto millions of consumer electronic devices. Since the printing process requires no plating or special resins, logistics are simplified and production costs are lowered. Examples of Aerosol Jet printed sensors and antennas will also be available for inspection. Additionally, on April 26, Dr. James Q. Feng, Principal Engineer at Optomec, will deliver a presentation titled “Aerosol Jet-The Enabling Technology for 3D Printed Electronics.” Dr. Feng will explain how Aerosol Jet technology is used by a wide variety of industries to directly print functional electronic circuitry and components onto low-temperature, non-planar substrates, without the need for masks, screens or plating. Optomec solutions for printed electronics are based on its industry proven Aerosol Jet technology for printing conformal electronic circuitry and components onto 3D structures. The Aerosol Jet process utilizes an innovative aerodynamic focusing technique to collimate a dense mist of material-laden micro droplets into a tightly controlled beam to print features as small as 10 microns or as large as several millimeters in a single pass. A wide assortment of materials can be printed with the Aerosol Jet system, including conductive nano-particle inks, polymers and epoxies, along with dielectrics, ceramics and bio-active materials. For more information on Optomec solutions for 3D printed electronics click here. NEPCON China is a prestigious professional trade platform and exhibition focused on SMT (surface mount technology) and EMA (electronics manufacturing automation). It brings together over 450 renowned brands from the electronics manufacturing industry around the globe with innovative equipment, materials and system integration solutions covering such areas as SMT, electronics manufacturing automation, welding, dispensing, spray coating, testing and measurement. Various technical forums at the venue allow the audience to meet with industry leaders and gain insight into industry trends and technology applications. For more information on the conference, click here. Optomec is a privately held, rapidly growing supplier of Additive Manufacturing systems. Optomec’s patented Aerosol Jet Systems for printed electronics and LENS 3D Printers for metal components are used by industry to reduce product cost and improve performance. Together, these unique printing solutions work with the broadest spectrum of functional materials, ranging from electronic inks to structural metals and even biological matter. Optomec has more than 300 marquee customers around the world, targeting production applications in the Electronics, Energy, Life Sciences and Aerospace industries. LENS (Laser Engineered Net Shaping) is a registered trademark of Sandia National Laboratories. Aerosol Jet and Optomec are registered trademarks of Optomec Inc.


News Article | February 28, 2017
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Optomec, a leading global supplier of production grade additive manufacturing systems for 3D printed metals and 3D printed electronics, today announced that its President and CEO, Dave Ramahi, will participate in a NextFlex forum titled “Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) Impact on Health and Safety of the Future” to be held March 1-2, 2017 at the PARC facility in Palo Alto, Calif. The forum will feature speakers from organizations including GE Healthcare, Boeing, Jabil, Airforce Research Lab and several others. The discussion and presentations will focus on how the cost and effectiveness of healthcare and the safety of aging infrastructure are significant challenges facing America. Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) holds the promise to improve healthcare comfort and costs through solutions such as telemedicine and remote monitoring. Additionally, FHE has the potential to improve the safety of transportation, transit infrastructure, and utility infrastructure in a cost-effective manner through data-based structural health assessment, maintenance and replacement. Ramahi will contribute to the forum with a presentation titled “Printing 3D Sensors and Antennas Directly onto Products.” Ramahi will discuss how Optomec’s Aerosol Jet system can directly print 3D sensors and antennas onto existing structures, or be used to more tightly package traditional discrete sensors and antenna in a 3D setting. The enables production of Smart Products that are an essential building block for the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet. Optomec’s direct 3D printing approach compares with legacy discrete sensor & antenna production, which is generally 2D, and fails to optimize for cost, size, weight and performance when adapted to 3D products. Ramahi will also share how Optomec is developing sets of generic sensor and antenna reference libraries to help speed the adoption of Smart Product solutions. NextFlex is a public-private consortium of companies, academic institutions, nonprofits and governments with a mission to advance U.S. manufacturing of flexible hybrid electronics. NextFlex encourages investment in the manufacturing ecosystem for this exciting technology, in return for receiving intellectual property, new product ideas and partnering opportunities. For more information on the event, click here. Optomec is a privately held, rapidly growing supplier of Additive Manufacturing systems. Optomec’s patented Aerosol Jet Systems for printed electronics and LENS 3D Printers for metal components are used by industry to reduce product cost and improve performance. Together, these unique printing solutions work with the broadest spectrum of functional materials, ranging from electronic inks to structural metals and even biological matter. Optomec has more than 200 marquee customers around the world, targeting production applications in the Electronics, Energy, Life Sciences and Aerospace industries. LENS (Laser Engineered Net Shaping) is a registered trademark of Sandia National Laboratories. Aerosol Jet and Optomec are registered trademarks of Optomec Inc.


A method for fabricating three-dimensional structures. In-flight heating or UV illumination modifies the properties of aerosol droplets as they are jetted onto a target surface. The UV light at least partially cures photopolymer droplets, or alternatively causes droplets of solvent-based nanoparticle dispersions to rapidly dry in-flight, and the resulting increased viscosity of the aerosol droplets facilitates the formation of free standing three-dimensional structures. This 3D fabrication can be performed using a wide variety of photopolymer, nanoparticle dispersion, and composite materials. The resulting 3D shapes can be free standing, fabricated without supports, and can attain arbitrary shapes by manipulating the print nozzle relative to the target substrate.


Patent
Optomec Inc. | Date: 2014-08-01

Method and apparatus for direct writing of passive structures having a tolerance of 5% or less in one or more physical, electrical, chemical, or optical properties. The present apparatus is capable of extended deposition times. The apparatus may be configured for unassisted operation and uses sensors and feedback loops to detect physical characteristics of the system to identify and maintain optimum process parameters.


A method and apparatus for the additive fabrication of single and multi-layer electronic circuits by using directed local deposition of conductive, insulating, and/or dielectric materials to build circuit layers incorporating conductive, insulating and/or dielectric features, including inter-layer vias and embedded electronic components. Different conductive, insulating, and/or dielectric materials can be deposited at different points in the circuit such that any section of the circuit may be tailored for specific electrical, thermal, or mechanical properties. This enables more geometric and spatial flexibility in electronic circuit implementation, which optimizes the use of space such that more compact circuits can be manufactured.


Apparatuses and processes for maskless deposition of electronic and biological materials. The process is capable of direct deposition of features with linewidths varying from the micron range up to a fraction of a millimeter, and may be used to deposit features on substrates with damage thresholds near 100 C. Deposition and subsequent processing may be carried out under ambient conditions, eliminating the need for a vacuum atmosphere. The process may also be performed in an inert gas environment. Deposition of and subsequent laser post processing produces linewidths as low as 1 micron, with sub-micron edge definition. The apparatus nozzle has a large working distancethe orifice to substrate distance may be several millimetersand direct write onto non-planar surfaces is possible.


Patent
Optomec Inc. | Date: 2012-05-21

Method and apparatus for depositing multiple lines on an object, specifically contact and busbar metallization lines on a solar cell. The contact lines are preferably less than 100 microns wide, and all contact lines are preferably deposited in a single pass of the deposition head. There can be multiple rows of nozzles on the deposition head. Multiple materials can be deposited, on top of one another, forming layered structures on the object. Each layer can be less than five microns thick. Alignment of such layers is preferably accomplished without having to deposit oversized alignment features. Multiple atomizers can be used to deposit the multiple materials. The busbar apparatus preferably has multiple nozzles, each of which is sufficiently wide to deposit a busbar in a single pass.


A deposition apparatus comprising one or more atomizers structurally integrated with a deposition head. The entire head may be replaceable, and prefilled with material. The deposition head may comprise multiple nozzles. Also an apparatus for three dimensional materials deposition comprising a tiltable deposition head attached to a non-tiltable atomizer. Also methods and apparatuses for depositing different materials either simultaneously or sequentially.

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