Optomec, a leader in industrial metal additive manufacturing solutions, has announced a partnership with Phillips Federal, the largest supplier of manufacturing equipment to the U.S. government. The partnership will enable Phillips Federal to resell Optomec Laser Engineering Net Shaping (LENS) systems to government agencies.
As a reseller of Optomec’s LENS systems, Phillips Federal will provide the technology to various U.S. government facilities for a range of applications, including maintenance and repair operations, optimizing equipment operation, improving chain supplies and more.
The technology in question, Laser Engineering Net Shaping, is based on a Directed Energy Deposition (DED) process, which offers superior mechanical properties and material usage than more standard powder bed fusion or Selective Laser Melting technologies. According to Optomec, its LENS systems are able to print full parts more rapidly and at a lower cost than PBF or SLM systems. Notably, the technology is also capable of printing metal onto existing parts, making it suitable for a range of repair and coating applications.
“The agreement enables Phillips to continue to provide the best additive manufacturing solutions to maintain the readiness of the military and advance the research and development of new innovations and ideas throughout our government,” commented John Harrison, Vice President of Phillips Federal. “We’ve seen an increase in the demand for additive manufacturing solutions and our partnership with Optomec will allow us to continue to offer a full range of solutions.”
Jamie Hanson, VP of Business Development at Optomec, added: “Our partnership with Phillips Federal will take the LENS technology to U.S. government facilities enabling them to achieve multiple strategic objectives. Additive manufacturing technology will improve maintenance and repair operations, get equipment operational faster, and improve supply chain capability all at significantly lower cost than traditional methods. Phillips has a very long and successful track record of working closely with customers to achieve their objectives, and together with Optomec, we expect to make a significant impact.”
In other Optomec news, the company recently announced it had acquired Huffman, a North Carolina supplier of 3D metal printing systems for additive repair of gas turbine components in the energy and aviation markets.