Optomec Becomes Platinum Member of America Makes, the National Institute for Innovation in Additive Manufacturing

Influential role builds on three contracts won in past year

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — November 12, 2014 — Optomec, a leading global supplier of production grade additive manufacturing systems for 3D printed metals and printed electronics, today announced it has become a Platinum level member of America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII). The role, which includes a seat on the organization’s governance board, increases Optomec’s participation in the institute, building on the three America Makes contracts the company has won in the past year.

Optomec was a founding member of America Makes in 2012, and is currently leading projects focused on the use of additive manufacturing techniques for the fabrication and repair of metal components. These include a project with Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control, MachMotion, TechSolve and the U.S. Army Benet Laboratories to develop a modular, cost effective LENS Print Engine that can be integrated with existing CNC machine tools; the development of a process parameter knowledgebase for defect-free 3D printing of metals using the LENS process; and the “Re-Born in the USA” project, a $4 million initiative involving 23 partners focused on advancing additive manufacturing technology for the repair of aerospace metal components for the U.S. Air Force.

“Having seen first hand the strength of its partnership model, we are pleased to take an even more active role with America Makes. The projects we are directly involved in are all showing demonstrable progress, and will bring real value to manufacturers for the fabrication and repair of metal components and parts. We are looking forward to applying our industry expertise and experience to a broader role with the organization through our Platinum level and expansive participation as we look for new ways to leverage the potential of additive manufacturing,” said Dr. Richard Grylls, LENS General Manager at Optomec.

About America Makes

America Makes is the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. As the national accelerator for additive manufacturing and 3D printing (3DP), America Makes is the nation’s leading and collaborative partner in Additive Manufacturing and 3DP technology research, discovery, creation and innovation. Structured as a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, non-government agencies, and workforce and economic development resources, we are working together to innovate and accelerate Additive Manufacturing and 3DP to increase our nation’s global manufacturing competitiveness. Based in Youngstown, Ohio, America Makes is the pilot institute for up to 45 manufacturing innovation institutes, and is driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). For more information about America Makes, visit  http://americamakes.us.

About Optomec

Optomec is a privately held, rapidly growing supplier of production grade Additive Manufacturing systems. Optomec patented Aerosol Jet systems for printed electronics and LENS 3D Printers for metal components are used by industry to reduce product cost and improve performance. Together, these unique printing solutions work with the broadest spectrum of functional materials, ranging from electronic inks to structural metals and even biological matter. Optomec has more than 175 marquee customers around the world, targeting production applications in the Electronics, Energy, Life Sciences and Aerospace industries. For more information about Optomec, visit http://optomec.com.

LENS (Laser Engineered Net Shaping) is a registered trademark of Sandia National Laboratories.
Aerosol Jet is a registered trademark of Optomec.


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