Revolutionizing Machining: OMIC R&D and the Groundbreaking LASERTEC 4300 DED Hybrid

March 18, 2024 8:51 am

 A Bold Leap Forward

OMIC R&D recently started the process of moving a LASERTEC 4300 provided by DMG MORI USA into its Additive Innovation Center on January 22nd. The machine is unique to the world of Advanced Manufacturing as it is a Direct Energy Deposition (DED) hybrid, incorporating aspects of both traditional machining and additive manufacturing. The LASERTEC 4300 directly approaches solutions in removing common barriers in additive printing such as weak binding, poor accuracy, or rough surfaces on finished products. This acquisition marks a transformative moment for OMIC R&D, significantly enhancing its capabilities in advanced manufacturing.

The LASERTEC 4300 DED hybrid: A Fusion of Innovation and Efficiency

“The LASERTEC 4300 DED hybrid system from DMG MORI represents the pinnacle of turn-mill additive technology,” explains Nils Niemeyer, General Manager at DMG MORI Additive Solutions. “This machine allows for building up parts, adding material to existing complex geometries, and machining in the same setup, opening up new avenues in manufacturing design and efficiency.”

Niemeyer highlighted the LASERTEC 4300 DED hybrid’s groundbreaking capabilities: “One of the most exciting aspects of these DED hybrid systems is the ability to blend or grade materials, pushing the boundaries of what we can achieve in material science and manufacturing.”

Craig Campbell, Executive Director of OMIC R&D, expressed his enthusiasm: “The arrival of the LASERTEC 4300 DED hybrid marks a watershed moment for us. It’s not just a machine; it’s a catalyst for our work to innovate in the critical space where additive and subtractive technologies meet. We are thrilled about the possibilities this DED hybrid machine opens up and look forward to collaborating with DMG MORI and our other members in exploring this space.”

The LASERTEC 4300 DED hybrid is known to excel in deploying wear-resistant materials, marking a shift in how the industry can approach manufacturing challenges in material science and emphasizing strategic application for optimal performance. Industry currently faces trials such as the need to replace or repair high-value parts normally cost inhibiting, or parts that are no longer available. This is often due to factors like environmental restrictions or changes in the labor market.

Current industry also suffers from gaps between traditional subtractive machining and the advent of additive manufacturing processes. The need to ship parts back and forth to facilities that specialize in either additive or subtractive machining can be inhibiting for the supply chain. The use of additive manufacturing continues to advance throughout various key branches of industry, though its adoption into the supply chain could prove to be a high-cost investment for less established decision-makers.

Consolidation of multiple parts and manufacturing processes, as this DED Hybrid represents, provides a potential solution to these challenges that can be immediately implemented in the supply chain. The machine’s capacity for handling graded alloys represents a significant breakthrough, allowing for innovative solutions tailored to specific industrial needs. Bridging the gap between additive and subtractive manufacturing will only strengthen the competencies of the industry.

Josh Koch, Business Development Manager for OMIC R&D, is optimistic about how the LASERTEC 4300 DED Hybrid can be utilized in the immediate region. “Major users of the technology today are space and aerospace companies. Many of those companies exist in the PNW, and we hope to work closely with the supply chain to evaluate and de-risk this new hybrid additive equipment.

He continued: “Because of the powder flexibility this machine can be used to eliminate applications where companies are doing canned HIP of powders or repairing parts through welding build-up processes.”

The partnership between OMIC R&D and DMG MORI became official in late 2023 when DMG MORI became a Tier 1 member of OMIC’s research consortium. The collaboration will focus on leading the future of manufacturing using its innovative machining technology, with benefits permeating various industries. Their membership enhances the capabilities of OMIC R&D significantly.

OMIC R&D invites members of the supply chain to learn how the LASERTEC 4300 and the expertise of its researchers can benefit their organization. For more information and collaboration opportunities, please contact Jon Elias, Director of Marketing and Communications at OMIC R&D, at [email protected] or 503-821-1155. Visit their website at omic.us to discover more about their innovative journey.

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