Workshop will include live demo of Optomec LENS System-for the Repair of High Value Metal Components

Albuquerque, New Mexico May 24, 2007: On June 27, GERAILP (Groupement d’Etude et de Recherche pour les Applications Industrielles des Lasers de Puissance) will host the first LENS® (Laser Engineered Net Shaping) Additive Manufacturing workshop at their facility located at 16 bis avenue Prieur de la Côte d’Or F – 94 114 Arcueil Cedex.

The aim of the workshop is to provide an overview of LENS technology and current advances, introduce GERAILP’s activities with LENS and also to run some demonstration parts on the LENS system. There will also be a roundtable session for discussion of any additional aspects of LENS which may be of interest to the attendees, followed by a hosted dinner in the evening.

For a full workshop agenda and more details, please contact Dr. Martin Hedges at . The deadline for registrations is June 8th.

LENS systems are used to fabricate, enhance, and repair high-performance metal components in state-of-the-art materials such as titanium, stainless steel and Inconel. LENS systems use energy from a high-power laser to build up structures one layer at a time directly from powdered metals. The resulting fully functional three-dimensional components have mechanical properties that can be equivalent to or even superior to wrought materials. LENS systems can also be used throughout the product lifecycle for applications ranging from functional prototyping to low volume manufacturing.

The GERAILP group was created on February 4, 1997 through the cooperation of the Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS,) and the Defense Ministry (DGA). The facility collaborates directly with leading French companies to develop and implement advanced laser materials processing solutions for industry.

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 LENS powder-metal fabrication technology. The company has a global customer base of industry-leading manufacturers.

LENS is a registered trademark of Sandia Corporation.