Optomec’s (Albuquerque, NM) LENS LDH 3.X laser deposition head features a variable optics system that creates three focused spot sizes to accommodate changes in laser power from 500 W to 3 kW to optimize directed energy deposition (DED) processing across a range of parts and applications.
With improved channeling for water-cooling the head, the LDH 3.X won’t overheat while operating at high powers and for long build times. Adding to its versatility, the head’s quick-connect/disconnect nozzle system allows for interchanging nozzle types depending on application (for example, 4-tip, coax, high overhang).
By enabling users to vary the optics, create multiple focused laser spot sizes, use interchangeable nozzles, and work with a range of laser powers, the laser head is effective for a variety of industrial applications including small to large builds, high deposition rates at high powers, repairs, coatings, and cladding operations. A 0.6-mm focused spot size can be chosen for processing smaller parts or intricate feature building and then switched to 2 mm or 3 mm focused spot sizes for larger builds or clad-type operations.
Models start at $10,000 to upgrade from LDH 2.0. Variable optics and nozzle types are sold separately. Material starter recipes are available to help speed adoption.
Optomec, 3911 Singer N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87109, 505-761-8250, www.optomec.com.
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