Consortium to Use LENS System for Automotive Industry’s Most Demanding Toolmaking Applications

Albuquerque, New Mexico, 26 October 2007: Optomec Inc. announced that the Toolmakers Cluster of Slovenia (TCS) has purchased their first LENS (Laser Engineered Net Shaping) 850-R system. The system was bought by a consortium of companies who are members of TCS, including RITS Ltd., EMO Orodjarna Ltd., and VALJI Å tore Ltd. The LENS facility will be located in Technopolis Technological Park, Celje, Slovenia, and will be known as TIC LENS. TCS adds to Optomec’s growing international customer base including France, Germany, India, Japan, China, Korea, and Singapore. TCS customers include leading names in the Automotive Industry, such as BMW, Ford, Steyr-Daimler-Puch, Motortechnik, Volvo, and many more.

TCS is known as a world leader in the toolmaking industry. The main objectives of TCS are to increase production volume and competitiveness for Slovenian toolmakers in foreign markets, to accelerate technology transfer between companies, to shorten the time between research and production, and to increase the development and implementation of new technologies. TCS members possess a wide range of the most advanced scientific equipment and their new LENS system will allow them to position the Slovenian toolmaking industry as the world leader in the most demanding toolmaking applications. One immediate application for TCS’ LENS system will be to deposit wear-resistant coatings on tooling to improve useful life and decrease overall manufacturing costs. Tone Sagadin, TCS Manager states “The addition of the LENS 850-R to our manufacturing and repair capabilities is further evidence of our commitment to remain at the forefront of toolmaking technology. With the LENS system, TCS will be in a unique position to provide repair, rework and enhanced manufacturing capabilities across Europe, and to expand into new areas with new materials to provide even more complete metalworking services.”

The Slovenian LENS facility will serve as a Global Center of Excellence for toolmaking applications, focusing on the production, repair and upgrade of tools for sheet metal processing, molds and dies. TCS chose the LENS system to substantially shorten delivery times, and increase the quality and durability of tools for the automotive, aerospace, defense, electronic and domestic appliances industries.

Optomec is the world leading provider of additive manufacturing systems for high-performance applications in the Aerospace & Defense, Electronics, and Biomedical markets. These systems utilize Optomec’s proprietary M3D aerosol-jetting technology and LENS powder-metal fabrication technology.

LENS is a registered trademark of Sandia Corporation.

M3D is a registered trademark of Optomec, Inc.