The Nebraska Engineering Additive Technology Labs was established in spring 2018 as part of the Nano-Engineering Research Core Facility in the College of Engineering. The purpose of the NEAT Labs is to provide a state-of-the-science regional hub for additive manufacturing technology and to create opportunities for collaborations among academic research and industry.
The facility features three primary instruments:
- Two Lumex Avance-25 Hybrid Metal 3D Printers
The Lumex Avance-25 integrates a fiber laser for state-of-the-art metal sintering and a machine center to perform high accuracy, high speed milling, and the sintering of complicated mold dies. The LUMEX Avance-25 significantly reduces the required designing and production time of mold dies.
- Optomec Lens 3D Hybrid Machine Tool
The Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS) 3D Metal Hybrid Vertical Milling Center (VMC) Inert System provides an atmosphere controlled environment for additive manufacturing of reactive metals. LENS systems use high-powered lasers to build structures layer by layer directly from powdered metals, alloys, ceramics or composites.
Capabilities include both powder bed fusion and directed energy deposition hybrid metal additive manufacturing technologies. These systems seamlessly integrate both additive and subtractive functions that allow the part to be machined as it is being built – a capability that is beneficial for creating intricate geometries, such as lattice structures and complex internal cooling channels for aerospace applications. Controlled-atmosphere systems allow for the processing of reactive materials.