Date: Thursday, March 07, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
Event Type: Live Webinar
Duration: 1 Hour
Directed energy deposition (DED), also called laser metal deposition (LMD) or laser engineered net shaping (LENS), is a 3D metal printing process that creates a metallurgically bonded, fully dense part that typically requires little to no post-processing. It is one of the fastest metal AM processes available today.
DED has emerged as a dominant metal AM process used in a wide range of industries for applications such as new builds, existing part modification, repair, remanufacturing of worn parts, and enhancement of part material properties.
This webinar will focus on:
- Basics of the DED process.
- Some unique capabilities of the process that separate it from traditional manufacturing methods or other AM processes.
- A review of some specific examples where DED was used for the repair of parts from several different industries.
At the conclusion of this webinar, attendees will have a better understanding of the basics of the DED process, some advantages it offers over traditional manufacturing methods and what sets it apart from other metal AM processes, and be able to cite some specific examples of DED use in part repair applications from a number of industries.
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.
Lucas B. Brewer, LENS Applications / Customer Support / QA Manager, Optomec
Lucas Brewer is the LENS Applications / Customer Support / QA Manager at Optomec in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He received his B.A.S. in Electronics Engineering. Lucas has been involved in metal additive manufacturing for over 15 years and laser material processing for close to 20 years.
Lucas works to ensure Optomec’s Apps Team and equipment are at the forefront of metal additive manufacturing. Lucas is the co-inventor of the LENS Deep Repair Head and has developed many software and hardware solutions used by Optomec today.
Jeffrey L. Crandall, Additive Manufacturing Research & Applications Senior Engineer, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology
Jeff has been involved in laser metal additive manufacturing since 2011 and has over forty years of diversified technical and operations experience spanning laser research, engineering photo-optical systems, and scientific and technical imaging.
He is the Additive Manufacturing Research and Applications Senior Engineer for Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) in East Hartford, CT., and is directly responsible for leading projects involving metals additive applications and development, and technology demonstration programs for customers ranging from small to mid-sized companies, to large OEMs, to federal government agencies and universities. The projects reflect the diversity of additive manufacturing including rapid prototyping and new part builds, critical component repair and modification, functionally graded parts and materials research and development.