3D printers supplied to US government

3D printing specialist Optomec has signed a partnership agreement with Phillips Federal, a supplier of manufacturing equipment, to sell the company’s additive manufacturing (AM) machines to US government facilities. Optomec’s laser engineered net shaping (LENS) systems can create, improve or repairing metal components made from powdered metals, alloys, ceramics or composites.

The systems use directed energy deposition (DED), which the company says can print full parts in less time time and cost of systems based on powder bed fusion (PBF), or selective laser melting (SLM). LENS can also add metal to existing parts for 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.’ said John Harrison, vice president of Phillips Federal. 

This story is reprinted from material from Optomecwith editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.