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Our PANDA system offers the best value to empower researchers, technology developers, and part producers to create and innovate on an open, high-performance laser powder bed platform.

PANDA is ideal for:

  • Technology development
  • Materials research
  • Applications development
  • Training and education
  • General manufacturing services

Key features include:

  • Multiple build size options
  • Configurable lasers/optics
  • Powerful control software
  • Advanced process monitoring
  • No materials restrictions
  • Safe for reactive powders
Open Additive's PANDA Metal 3D Printing System


PANDA can be configured in several base build configurations:

  • Small build configuration – 6 x 6 x 9.5 in (152 x 152 x 241 mm)
  • Large build configuration – 11 x 11 x 12.5 in (280 x 280 x 318 mm)
  • High temperature configuration – 6 x 6 in (152 mm) or 4 x 4 in (100mm) heated plate to 500˚C
  • Custom configuration – built to customer specifications

More information:  See handout

PANDA features high-performance laser delivery components sourced from industry leaders:

Laser options

  • 500 W IPG Photonics 1070 nm fiber laser (air cooled)
  • 1000 W IPG Photonics 1070 nm fiber laser (includes chiller)
  • Single or dual laser configuration available
  • Specialty lasers may be integrated to meet customer needs

Optics options

  • SCANLAB hurrySCAN galvo scanner with F theta lens on z-stage
  • SCANLAB fiberSYS “all-in-one scanning system” with dynamic focus control
  • Custom optics may be integrated to meet customer needs

More information:  See handout

PANDA includes Open Machine Control™ (OMC), a powerful standard software featuring:

  • User-friendly interface – intuitive GUI runs on included Windows 10 workstation
  • Full parameters control – set and adjust laser, hatch, contour, and other settings
  • Advanced processing tools – includes features such as laser skywriting and wobble
  • Multiple hardware control – control multiple lasers, scan heads, motors, or add-on mechanisms
  • Plugin capabilities – ability to create custom scan strategies with add-on code
  • Perpetual license – never expires and includes 3 years of upgrades as available

More information:  See handout

PANDA can be configured with our optional AMSENSE® multi-sensor data collection and analysis platform, providing access to raw and processed data each layer through our proprietary software that runs on included Windows 10 computer. AMSENSE features several standard sensors as individual options, along with plugin interface allowing integration of future modules and user-developed/third-party code. In addition to optional AMSENSE modules, all PANDA systems include a Windows-based build camera for real-time viewing and recording of photos and videos as a standard feature.

Available AMSENSE modules:

  • Recoat imaging sensor – automatically records high-resolution images before and after each recoat
  • Thermal tomography sensor – high-resolution NIR imagery compiled into emissions maps for each layer
  • Spatter tracking sensor – detects, identifies, and tracks spatter events, and provides key spatter statistics
  • Custom sensors/analytics – customer-specific or emerging capabilities may be integrated, as warranted

Note that AMSENSE can also be integrated on other industrial LPBF systems, beyond Open Additive systems.

More information:  See handout

Each PANDA includes:

  • Inert gas chamber – provides positive pressure environment (non-vacuum) for shielding gas (e.g., N2 or Ar)
  • Cross-bed flow – removes soot and debris to minimize defects; users may modify outlet and intake for application needs
  • Optics gas flow – provides flow across laser optics to prevent debris accumulation during the build
  • Integrated filtration – gas recirculation is provided by industrial two-stage filter for removal of debris particles
  • Sensors and control – oxygen levels are controlled by sensors and software with automated shutoff/alarm capabilities

Open Additive will provide starting parameters and available technical data at no extra charge for these common LPBF materials:

  • Stainless steel 316L
  • Aluminum alloy AlSi10Mg
  • Nickel-chromium alloy In718
  • Titanium alloy Ti-6Al-4V

Users always have the capability to see and modify these parameters, or create their own. The system places no restrictions on materials feedstock, and we can work with prospective customers or system users to develop parameters and/or perform demonstration builds using other materials.

Open Additive offers these products to support your complete Metal AM operations:

Sieving station – Our own smartly-designed station features an automated multi-stage sieve shaker inside a glove box with inert gas ports, O2 sensors, and controls for use with both reactive and non-reactive powders. It also includes an optional depowdering chamber with rotating mount and gas nozzle and vacuum ports for containing powder during part cleaning.

Portable powder vacuum – This commercial explosion-proof dry vacuum is portable and easy to handle. It is used for picking up spilled powder and performing system cleanout.

Build prep/removal cart – Customized for use with PANDA to assist with powder loading, build plate setup, and build plate removal. Includes fixtures and winch to mechanically assist in lifting completed builds. It is highly recommended for the large build configuration to avoid injury or equipment damage.

Personnel safety package – Our personnel safety bundle includes two powered air-purifying respirators with hoods and filters, two ESD anti-static aprons, ESD anti-static reusable foot-heel straps, and box of nitrile gloves.

Facility safety package – Our facility safety bundle includes one Type D fire extinguisher for use on metal powders, one flammables storage cabinet (30-gal capacity), steel drum and tags/bags for disposal of contaminated items, and external sensor with alarm for monitoring oxygen level in the room.

Customers should always consult their own safety office and regulatory guidance. Users may always acquire support equipment through their own channels, and we are also happy to source other customer-specified support equipment, as necessary.

Standard service plan:

All equipment purchased with PANDA order (includes system, configuration options, and ancillary equipment) includes warranty, periodic servicing, and technical support for 12 months after installation. The system also comes with build plate, sample powder, and various hand tools for your use.

Extended service plan:

Extended service plans for up to 2 years or 3 years are also available at time of order.

System install and training:

Installation and training are included in system price. Shipping/travel are included separately.


2021 Product/Pricing Guide

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Open Additive is a manufacturer of innovative metal additive manufacturing (AM) systems, process monitoring solutions, and related products and services. Our driving focus is to accelerate innovation in the AM industry through open hardware/software solutions, enabling rapid development, demonstration, and commercialization of emerging technologies. Our approach enables tailored solutions and open data for full process understanding and control.

Company pillars:

  • Strong legacy — We spun out of a defense-oriented firm (ARCTOS) with a six-decade track record in research and engineering.
  • Innovation focus — We’re a technology-oriented small business, active in SBIR/STTR and other R&D programs.
  • Agile partner — We both lead and support project partners across industry, small business, and academia.
  • Community pride — We’re driven to serve our nation and community, and design and build all our products in the USA.

Open Additive, LLC, is registered in federal SAM system (DUNS 117237443).

Joe Sciabica – Chairman – in

Joe spent more than 30 years in the federal sector, rising to the Senior Executive Service. He spent much of his career leading complex technology-oriented organizations, including his role as Executive Director of the Air Force Research Laboratory. In the private sector, Joe has served in various leadership roles to transform high-tech firms in aerospace and defense, IoT and sensing, manufacturing, and other industries since 2015.

Alex Bosse – Member – in

Alex is Vice President at Battle Investment Group, supporting long-term growth and expansion for innovative small-to-medium businesses in aerospace, defense, intel, and communication markets. Alex also serves on Board of several other companies in the manufacturing sector.

Tom Spears, PhD – Director of Research & Technology – in

Tom leads technology development and product innovation in AM processing, sensing and analytics, and process control. He is highly experienced in the laser powder bed fusion arena, having served in technology and product leadership roles in both large OEM and small business settings since 2013. Tom has been lead or co-inventor on more than 20 awarded and submitted patents. His doctorate is in Physics from the University of Chicago.

Chris Taylor – Director of Engineering & Production / General Manager – in

Chris has worked in the laser manufacturing industry since 2008, including senior technical role in laser machining of medical devices and other products. He leads the design, manufacturing, and support of Open Additive’s AM product lines. Chris is experienced in laser safety, lean operations, and QA protocols; and has earned a BS in Engineering Physics and an MBA with Project Management focus.

We are proud members of America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute.

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Please reach out to discuss how we can help accelerate your research, education, or production in metal AM!