C3R Focuses on Optomec LENS
- November 15, 2016
The Center for Remanufacturing and Resources Recovery (C3R) at Rochester Institute of Technology in the US is restoring legacy components using Optomec’s LENS 3D hybrid vertical milling center (VMC) system.
C3R is employing the LENS 3D Hybrid VMC as a way to remanufacture complex components for industry and government equipment. The hybrid system at C3R utilises LENS 3D printing technology integrated within a conventional CNC vertical mill providing additive and subtractive capabilities in a single machine tool. The LENS process can either fully build 3D metal parts, when replacement parts are no longer available, or selectively and precisely add materials onto an existing metal component of almost any three-dimensional shape – making it suitable to perform reman operations.
Leveraging LENS Directed Energy Deposition technology, the process, combined with a traditional mill, allows parts to have damaged material removed, surface prepared, structure restored and function machined back into the part, all within a single set-up.