Optomec, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, a provider of production-grade Additive Manufacturing solutions, has signed a partnership agreement with Phillips Federal, the largest supplier of manufacturing equipment to the US government. The agreement will enable Phillips Federal to resell Optomec’s Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS®) systems -which offer a range of AM solutions for the manufacture, enhancement and repair of components in metals, ceramics and composites – to US government facilities.
John Harrison, Vice President of Phillips Federal, stated, “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. 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.”
Optomec LENS systems use Directed Energy Deposition (DED) technology and are said to be able to additively manufacture full parts at a fraction of the time and cost of systems based on Powder Bed Fusion, as well as adding material to existing parts for repair and coating applications to extend the use life of components.
“Our partnership with Phillips Federal will take the LENS technology to US government facilities enabling them to achieve multiple strategic objectives,” stated Jamie Hanson, VP of Business Development at Optomec. “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.”