Optomec Center of Excellence (COE) Partner Profile
Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc.
East Hartford, CT 06118
Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT) is a nonprofit corporation recognized as a leader and a go-to resource for improving competitiveness and high-tech business development in the state, region and country. CCAT serves manufacturers, educators, government agencies, nonprofits and entrepreneurs in three core areas: technology, efficiencies and workforce development.
At CCAT’s Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC), centrally located on the United Technologies Research Center campus in East Hartford, Conn., manufacturers have access to a unique, national resource for the development, prove out and integration of manufacturing technologies including additive manufacturing (3D printing) with metals and plastics, reverse engineering, and composite and precision machining – capabilities rarely found within one facility. Our team works with customers to conduct feasibility studies, develop new processes and explore the benefits of next-generation technology.
Unique use of Optomec systems:
The access to the build chamber and space available allows us to use very unique instrumentation to record build data. This is critical for customers like research scientists doing modeling of both directed energy deposition (LENS) and powder bed fusion processes.
- Manufacturing – aerospace, medical, general manufacturing
- Academia – university manufacturing and engineering departments collaborations and research
- Research & Development – US Government, USAF, private industry R&D
Manufacturing Services Offered:
- New build and repair process development
- Materials R&D
- Hybrid manufacturing
- Precision machining
Optomec System Expertise:
- Optomec 850R (2 camera pyrometer and melt pool sensor, IPG 10kW fiber laser)
- Repair development for Inconel 718 jet engine casing
- Materials development using copper for next generation electric motor
- Process development using refractory metals
- Fundamental materials research in Ti 6-4
- Built parts using various stainless steels, tool steels, nickel alloys, and titanium
- Materials research using graded metals
- Process development using hybrid manufacturing
- Ability to build larger parts
- Ease of changing materials
- Ability to repair or modify an existing part
- Ability to build parts using multiple materials
- Maintaining a high quality argon environment
- Rapid and cost-effective prototyping