Where Are They Now?

America Makes is proud to highlight projects and stakeholders that contribute to the growing legacy of additive manufacturing.

The long-term success and continued performance of the projects featured amplify the Institute’s mission and how our membership can work collaboratively to achieve the vision of accelerating the adoption of AM and our nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness. Ultimately, these projects are professional and commercial successes that showcase the endless possibilities of the collaborative model offered through America Makes.

The first LENS® Machines made their debut at IMTS in 2016. Consumer shipments began in Q1 2017. At IMTS 2018, Optomec introduced another version of the LENS® Engine, LENS 860 Hybrid Controlled Atmosphere (CA) System. The LENS empire now spans five different models of machines.

ULTEM 9085 is currently considered an all-star material for aerospace, civil aircraft, and automobile manufacturing. And, due to its overall strength, reduced manufacturing costs, and production time compared to plastic alternatives such as polyaryletherketone (PAEK) or polyetheretherketone (PEEK), industries are just coming around to the vast scope in which this material can be utilized.

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Together, Dr. Thomas Spears Associate Director of Agile Additive Manufacturing Technologies at Open Additive, and Shuchi “SK” Khurana, Founder of Addiguru, spoke with America Makes team members at the 2022 Rapid + tct event and explained how their partnership has grown over the years – far exceeding their initial expectations.

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