Optomec, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, has announced the formation and first meeting of its Metal Additive Manufacturing Technical Advisory Board (TAB). The new advisory board was formed to help define and develop more effective metal AM solutions for the industrial manufacturing segment and accelerate the adoption of AM for wide-spread production use.
With over 500 AM machines in use, Optomec and its TAB possess a unique perspective on the requirements for the proliferation of Metal Additive Manufacturing in the broader market.
The current board members, each with more than a decade of global leadership in metal AM, represent a Fortune 500 manufacturing services company, a Fortune 500 energy equipment producer, a US Department of Defense top 50 supplier and two top-tier metal AM university research labs.
The initial TAB meeting, held virtually, focused on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on production and supply chain strategies, and its implications on the industry. It also addressed narrower subjects, such as the requirements for automation, in-situ sensors, the need for production-ready process recipes, the growing need for mixed-alloy processing and the increased demand for titanium alloy production brought about by the aerospace industry.
As a result of the success of the metal AM Technical Advisory Board, Optomec is also establishing a technical advisory board to drive production adoption in the Printed Electronics sector. Optomec’s Printed Electronics machines use aerosol jetting technology to enable manufacturers to create extremely fine 3D electronic structures, with features as small as ten microns, using nanoparticle inks. These machines are used throughout the aerospace and defence, energy, medical, advanced electronics packaging and research segments.
“Optomec has long been engaged with its users from industry and academia on an individualised basis, but the Technical Advisory Board setting brings new synergies and insights that will help shape our business strategies,” stated Dave Ramahi, CEO. “We are honoured to have the participation of such accomplished experts in their fields, and appreciate their contribution not only to Optomec, but to the development and direction of Metal Additive Manufacturing overall.”