Presentation to Highlight Recent Enhancements in LENS Equipment Capability and Latest Results from Several Customer Application Case Studies

Albuquerque, New Mexico, 23 October 2007: Optomec announced today that Dr. Richard Grylls, LENS product manager for Optomec will present a paper entitled “Advances in Laser-Deposition Equipment and Capabilities” at the ICALEO conference in Orlando, FL on November 1st. Dr. Grylls will report on how laser deposition techniques are gaining wider acceptance within manufacturing industries for both repair and rapid manufacture of metal components. The Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS) process is one of the leading techniques in this field. Multiple LENS systems are now employed at DoD and other facilities, repairing a variety of high-performance components. Dr. Grylls will also explain how, in this role, LENS can be employed to shorten overhaul cycle times, and in some cases extend the useful life of the repaired component.

The introduction of high power fiber lasers has revolutionized the market for additive manufacturing processes in recent years. These lasers offer high beam quality, high efficiency, long life, and low maintenance. These advantages have enabled higher power in the LENS process, which allows a faster deposition rate, enhancing the economics of the process. This enables applications such as shaft repair and large-part manufacturing. The excellent beam quality of the fiber laser offers the opportunity to design deposition heads that can access small, non-line-of-sight areas. Additionally, the superior material properties with LENS serve to extend component life which reduces life cycle costs. The process also improves design flexibility by allowing novel geometries, structures and material gradients. Applications of these enhancements in industry will also be discussed.

Dave Ramahi, President and CEO of Optomec states that “ICALEO is an excellent venue to update industry executives on the advancements being made in Laser-Deposition equipment for manufacture and repair. We are excited to be a part of this important conference.”

Over 60 companies and organizations are represented each year at ICALEO, the premier North American conference focused exclusively on the field of laser materials processing, 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.

M3D is a registered trademark of Optomec, Inc.