System to be used for Rapid Prototyping of Advanced Steel Alloys

Albuquerque, New Mexico February 5, 2007: Optomec Inc. announced that the world-renowned Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) in Kyungbuk, Korea, took delivery of their LENS (Laser Engineered Net Shaping) system at the end of January. POSTECH adds to Optomec’s growing international customer base including France, Germany, India, Japan, China, and Singapore.

POSTECH is known as one of the world’s premier technology schools; in May 1998, Asiaweek Magazine ranked POSTECH as Asia’s best science and technology school. POSTECH selected the LENS system to rapidly prototype new steel alloys for the automotive industry. Dr. In Gee Kim, Assistant Professor of Computational Metallurgy says “POSTECH chose LENS because of it’s ability to produce fully functional samples with superior metallurgical properties while also reducing the number of steps required to develop and test new steel alloys”. POSTECH’s LENS system will be housed in their Graduate Institute of Ferrous Technology (GIFT) lab.

GIFT has global links to the steel industry, the major users of steel products, and the automotive, shipbuilding, packaging, and petroleum industries. GIFT possesses a wide range of the most advanced scientific equipment in materials research, and their new LENS system will allow them to increase their capacity for new alloy development.

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.