Presentation to Highlight LENS Manufacturing Capabilities for High Performance Materials

Albuquerque, New Mexico November 30, 2007: Optomec announced today that Dr. Martin Hedges of Neotech Services will present a paper entitled “Rapid Manufacture of Performance Materials by LENS” at the Euro-uRapid conference in Frankfurt, Germany on December 3rd. Dr. Hedges will report on how laser deposition techniques are gaining wider acceptance within manufacturing industries for the rapid manufacture of metal components. The Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS) process is one of the leading techniques in this field.

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 is an ideal alternative for the production and repair of such components because additive manufacturing provides for lower processing costs, faster turnaround, and significantly reduced material waste. 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.

Euro-uRapid, which will be held immediately before EuroMold 2007, is the premier European rapid manufacturing conference for OEMs and suppliers in the Automotive and Aerospace Engineering, Polymer Processing, Life Science, Medical Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Electronics & Microtechnology Fields. This year’s conference is focused exclusively on rapid manufacturing for users and researchers, making it an ideal forum for LENS systems.

Optomec is the world-leading provider of additive manufacturing systems for high-performance applications in the Electronics, Biomedical, and Aerospace & Defense 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.

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