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The High ROI of 3D Metal Printing: A Closer Look at Directed Energy Deposition

The High ROI of 3D Metal Printing: A Closer Look at Directed Energy Deposition

A Machine Design-hosted on-demand webinar sponsored by Optomec

Available On-Demand
Originally Broadcast:
Thursday, November 07, 2019
Sponsor: Optomec
Duration: 1 Hour

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Directed energy deposition (DED) has emerged as a leading metal additive manufacturing process for use by industries today. From fast prototyping to repair, coatings, and cladding applications, DED is quickly catching on as a 3D printing solution for a wide span of industry applications reducing time and costs. 

In this webinar we will first review exactly what DED is, review some Optomec DED systems and their capabilities, and then look at specific business cases showing the affordability of a DED system, the ROI on system purchase, and the benefits resulting from DED adoption.

This webinar will focus on:

  1. Basics of the DED process.
  2. An overview of some Optomec LENS DED systems.
  3. Two real world examples where the adoption of DED for specific industry applications has proven system ROI.

At the conclusion of this webinar, attendees will have a better understanding of the basics of the DED process, understand key features of Optomec DED systems, and experience real world examples where the adoption of DED in industry proved out its effective use with a ROI for system purchase.   


Tom Cobbs, LENS Product Manager, Optomec

Tom Cobbs is the LENS Product Manager at Optomec in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He received his B.S. in Welding Engineering from the Ohio State University in 2005. Tom’s early career was as a welding engineer in subsea exploration and production in the upstream oil and gas industry. He has now turned his focus and interests on metal additive manufacturing with Optomec whose systems utilize the LENS (laser engineered net shaping) process, also known as directed energy deposition.

Tom works internally with Optomec teams as well as in collaboration with universities and industry entities that own Optomec machines to develop next generation LENS systems, improving on laser deposition processing and powder feed technologies, in-process data monitoring and final build metallurgy/material properties, and system software/hardware enhancements.