Dr. Richard Grylls & Dr. Michael Renn spotlight LENS & M3D Systems from Optomec Corporation
Albuquerque, New Mexico 4 April 2006:Dr. Richard Grylls, LENS product manager for Optomec presented a seminar entitled “Additive Manufacturing- From Nano to Macro™” at the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies (CIMS) located on the campus of Rochester Institute of Technology. Dr. Grylls explained how the LENS (Laser Engineered Net Shaping®) systems are used to cost-effectively fabricate, enhance, and repair high-performance metal components in state-of-the-art materials such as titanium, and stainless steel. Immediately following Dr. Grylls’ presentation, Dr. Mike Renn, Sr. Scientist for Optomec gave a one-hour presentation on the M3D System, a fine feature (to <10 µm) printable electronics solution that uses nanomaterials to reduce the size of the circuitry and components used in printed wiring board, flex circuit, flat panel, solar and life sciences applications. 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 LENS systems use energy from a high-power laser to build up structures one layer at a time directly from powdered metals. The resulting fully functional 3-dimensional components have mechanical properties that can be equivalent or even superior to wrought materials. LENS solutions can be used throughout the entire product lifecycle for applications ranging from materials research to functional prototyping to low volume manufacturing. An additional benefit is LENS' ability to add material to existing components for service and repair applications. Optomec showcased its technology to RIT engineers and faculty. The Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies is an applied research facility focused on manufacturing improvements, sustainable design and remanufacturing. CIMS plans to work with Optomec to analyze additional applications for the LENS technology. "The Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies is dedicated to improving manufacturing processes and production through the utilization of science and technology as well as sustained partnership with industry," adds Michael Haselkorn, Senior Staff Engineer at the center. "It is our hope that this seminar with Optomec is the start of a long and sustained collaboration which will spur the development of LENS and ultimately improve the entire manufacturing sector." CIMS was established in 1992 with a mission to increase the competitiveness of manufacturers through applied technology and training. CIMS represents a dynamic collaboration of in-house technical experts, as well as academic, industry and government resources. Located on the campus of Rochester Institute of Technology, the unique, world-class facility houses three centers, four major programs, and an all-encompassing training program. LENS is a registered trademark of Sandia Corporation.