The production and repair of high-value metal parts – from fuel nozzles to turbine blades – is a complex, expensive process. Billions of dollars are spent in the U.S. annually to repair or replace metal parts due to corrosion or wear and one-third of these costs could be reduced by using a metal additive manufacturing process. This webinar will cover the basics of directed energy deposition – a form of metal additive manufacturing that uses high-powered lasers to build structures layer by layer directly from powdered metals, alloys, ceramics or composites. This webinar will explain what directed energy deposition is, how it is used to produce fully-dense parts with excellent mechanical and fatigue properties, and its unique ability to add metal to existing parts for repair and coating applications that extend the useful life of components.


  • Tom Cobbs, LENS Product Manager, Optomec Inc.
  • Lucas Brewer, LENS Applications/Customer Support/QA Manager, Optomec Inc.
  • Jeffrey L. Crandall, Additive Manufacturing Research & Applications Senior Engineer
    Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology