Presentation to Highlight Recent Enhancements in LENS Capabilities and Latest Results from Several Application Case Studies

Albuquerque, New Mexico 15 May 2006: Dave Keicher, CTO for Optomec will present a paper entitled “Additive Repair Using the LENS (Laser Engineered Net Shaping) Process” at the AeroMat conference in Seattle, WA on May 17th. Mr. Keicher will be reporting on the use of LENS solutions to repair or manufacture components in the aerospace and defense markets. Mr. Keicher stated that “AeroMat is an excellent venue to update industry executives on the progress being made by LENS customers and partners for gas engine manufacture and repair. We are excited to be a part of this important conference.”

High performance components are often made from specialty materials like titanium that are time consuming and expensive to produce using subtractive methods. In extreme cases, the Aerospace industry quotes “buy-to-fly” ratios for machined parts that can be as high as 15:1, highlighting the inefficiency and waste that is inherent in traditional methods. LENS systems are an ideal alternative for the repair and production of such components because additive manufacturing provides for lower processing costs, faster turnaround, and significantly reduced material waste. The superior material properties with LENS systems serve to extend component life which reduces life cycle costs. The process also improves design flexibility by allowing novel geometries, structures and material gradients.

Over 250 companies and organizations are represented each year at AeroMat, the premier North American conference focused exclusively on process development and advanced aerospace materials, structures and propulsion systems. This year, the technical focus will be Integration of Materials, Design and Manufacturing for High Performance, and Low Cost Aerostructures, making it an ideal forum for LENS systems.

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. The company has a global customer base of industry-leading manufacturers.

LENS is a registered trademark of Sandia Corporation.