Presentations to Highlight LENS Advanced Fabrication/Repair for Metal Components and Aerosol Jet for Printed Electronics Production Applications

Albuquerque, New Mexico, 18 May 2010: Optomec announced today that Dr. Richard Grylls, Product Manager for Optomec will give two presentations at the RAPID Conference this week. The focus of his presentations will be “Aerosol Jet Direct Write Printing for Mil-Aero Electronics Applications” and “Recent Progress in Additive Manufacturing and Repair using the LENS Laser Deposition Process”. The conference will be held at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California on May 18-20.

Dr. Grylls’ printed electronics presentation will be given in the Aerospace and Defense track on the afternoon of Tuesday May 18. Dr. Grylls will explain how the Aerosol Jet system is used in the production of next generation devices such as high efficiency solar cells, light weight fuel cells, touchscreen displays and 3D multi-chip packaging for SmartPhones. The presentation will highlight how Aerosol Jet printing enables finer feature sizes than traditional screen printing and ink-jetting processes. The patented solution utilizes an innovative aerodynamic focusing technology that produces electronic and physical structures with feature sizes down to 10 microns. The Aerosol Jet system supports a wide variety of materials, including conductive nanoparticle inks and screen-printing pastes, polymers, insulators, adhesives, etchants, and even biological matter that can be accurately deposited by the Aerosol Jet system onto planar and non-planar substrates.

Dr. Grylls’ LENS presentation will be featured in the “Metals Applications in Additive Manufacturing Track” on the morning of Thursday, May 20. The presentation will describe recent advances in the LENS system equipment, controls and material capabilities as well as advancements in deploying this technology worldwide. The LENS system is an additive manufacturing process that has been optimized for constructing fully dense metal components, adding features to components, and repairing worn in-service components. With the use of a high power laser and atmosphere controlled environment, LENS systems can process many high-performance metals including titanium and nickel-base superalloys with the quality required for high value metal component repair and manufacturing applications. His presentation will discuss the future of this technology and examples will be given of application in tooling, aerospace, defense, medical, petrochemical and general industrial components.

RAPID is North America’s definitive Additive Manufacturing event and is co-located with the 3D IMAGING Conference and Tradeshow. It attracts innovative leaders that are advancing manufacturing processes and providing tools to bring product to market faster. The combination of informative technical sessions, workshops and the industry’s premier tradeshow brings buyers, sellers and end-users of design, prototyping, tooling, direct manufacturing and 3D imaging technologies together in an environment that facilitates networking and business. RAPID Technical sessions will address several industries and applications including Aerospace & Defense, Arts & Entertainment, Medical/Dental, Casting, Rapid Manufacturing, 3D Imaging and more.

Optomec is the world-leading provider of additive manufacturing solutions for high-performance applications in the Electronics, Solar, Medical, and Aerospace & Defense markets. These systems utilize Optomec’s patented Aerosol Jet Printed Electronics technology and LENS powder-metal fabrication technology. The company has a global customer base of more than 100 users that includes many industry-leading manufacturers.