SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — July 30, 2013 — EFESTO and Military University of Technology (MUT) announce an Intense Agreement of Cooperation in the field of 3D Metal Printing. This partnership will focus on innovation in advanced applications of OPTOMEC's LENS® technology, and educating faculty, students, and industry partners.
EFESTO and MUT will conduct game-changing research in characterizing microstructure, mechanical and chemical properties of materials obtained through the LENS® technology. This includes optimized process parameter recipes and certification standards for aerospace, defense, energy and biomedical applications, with innovations in instrumentation and software for in-process monitoring, control and tool path generation. This cooperation is aligned with MUTs mission of conducting and transferring developments to industry and academia with funding from industrial partners and government.
EFESTO and MUT will also organize technology showcases and seminars to increase awareness of current state of the art in 3D Metal Printing solutions.
This initiative is instrumental in EFESTOs mission to provide best-in-class professional grade 3D Metal Printing systems and services to the global industry. We are targeting aerospace, defense, marine, energy, construction, mining, automotive, tooling, academia and MRO industries. Our foremost objective is to delight our customers, says Ashok Varma, CEO of EFESTO LLC.
Cooperation with EFESTO is a very important part of our scientific mission at MUTS Department of Advanced Materials and Technologies (DoAMT). As a primary teaching institute, we focus on creating well educated scientists and engineers. Equally important is our focus on research and innovation, implementing the concepts of concurrent design, manufacturing and regeneration of metallic, intermetallic (Fe-Al, Ti-Al, Ni-Al) and cermetallic components. MUT and EFESTO will definitely succeed in this enduring and mutually beneficial partnership, says Prof. Zbigniew Bojar, Head of DoAMT.
MUT (Warsaw, Poland) is a state university controlled by the Polish Ministry of Defense. MUT conducts scientific research and offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in more than 51 specialties in 13 fields of study. Numerous inventions, patents and awards have resulted from MUTs efforts. MUTs work in 3D Metal Printing has distinguished it as a leading R&D resource for the EU. It is notable that MUTs DoAMT possesses two fully optioned OPTOMEC LENS® systems and one of the best equipped laboratories in Europe for materials processing, testing and characterization.
EFESTO is a high energy enterprise focused on engineering and applications using 3D Metal Printing with a focus on OPTOMECs LENS® platform and its future derivatives. EFESTO operates in Americas, Europe, Russia, and Asia Pacific, targeting applications in repair, remanufacturing, prototyping, and materials R&D. It will also establish strategically located service bureaus and application user groups.
Two common 3D Metal Printing technologies are Powder Bed Fusion (PBF) and Directed Energy Deposition ( DED). In PBF, thermal energy (typically a laser or electron beam) fuses selective regions of a powder bed in a layerwise fashion. In DED, focused thermal energy (laser) is used to create a melt pool on the deposition surface and powder metal is injected to fuse the materials in a layerwise fashion. LENS® technology utilizes DED, offering unique capabilities for component repair, hybrid manufacturing, building large components, gradient metal layering and materials research including alloy discovery.
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