Presentation to Highlight LENS Advanced Repair Capabilities for High-Value IBR/Blisks

Albuquerque, New Mexico, 24 March 2009: Optomec announced today that Dr. Richard Grylls, LENS (Laser Engineered Net Shaping) Product Manager for Optomec will give a presentation entitled “IBR/Blisk Repair by LENS Material Build-Up” at the Propulsion-Safety, and Affordable Readiness (PSAR) Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC on March 26th. Dr. Grylls’ presentation will describe recent advances in the LENS system equipment, controls and material capabilities as well as Optomec’s advancement in deploying this technology worldwide. Several case studies will be discussed, including examples of repair for compressor IBR/ blisks, titanium airfoils and vanes. Dr. Grylls will explain how the repair of high-value metal aerospace components is essential for maximizing part lifetime, reducing operating costs and helping maintain a high level of aircraft readiness.

Repair methods that add material to worn or damaged areas require exceptional process control and outstanding material quality. The Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS) repair system developed by Optomec is an additive manufacturing process that has been optimized for repair of aerospace components including IBR / blisks. With the use of a high power laser, process controls and complete environmental control, LENS systems can process many high-performance metals including titanium and nickel-base superalloys with the quality required for IBR/blisk repair. The LENS process can produce material properties that are comparable or better than the original material, particularly with Ti-6-4. Due to the nature of the process, a high degree of control and process capability is possible.

The goal of the PSAR conference is to highlight advanced technologies that will have significant impact on propulsion system safety and affordable readiness. The conference directly supports a new tri-service initiative to proactively ensure propulsion safety and affordable readiness through emerging sustainment technologies. Dr Grylls, states “The PSAR conference is an ideal venue to present new product enhancements and updated features of the LENS systems. These enhancements uniquely position LENS systems as a proven solution for the repair of advanced engine components such as blisks.”

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 Aerosol Jet and LENS powder-metal fabrication technology. The company has a global customer base of industry-leading manufacturers.