Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly

Optomec has been awarded its third America Makes project for metal 3D printing. This one will focus on using the company’s LENS 3D metal printing technology for repairing aerospace components used by the US Air Force.

LENS-making-Anniston-RepairThe two-year, $4 million “Reborn in the USA” project was kicked off a couple of weeks ago, Tom McDonald, Optomec’s America Makes program manager, tells Design News in an interview. The project team consists of 23 partners, and includes aerospace giants like GE Aviation, Lockheed Martin, Rolls-Royce, and United Technologies Research Center. It also includes several technology experts such as Concurrent Technologies Corporation. The goal is to come up with a cost-effective and reliable approach and guidelines for repairing high-value metal components, instead of lengthy and expensive existing processes such as welding by hand.

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