Honored Guests include: Al Romig, Sandia National Labs and Dave Keicher, Optomec
Albuquerque, New Mexico: On January 17th, Optomec hosted an Open House/ Technology Update to celebrate 10 Years of success between Optomec and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). Honored Guests included Alton (Al) D. Romig, SNL Senior Vice President & Deputy Laboratories Director for Integrated Technologies & Systems and Dave Keicher, Optomec CTO and inventor of the LENS (Laser Engineered Net Shaping) technology.
Al Romig stated “Sandia is extremely proud of Optomec’s success. A good idea, hard work, strong teaming and a burning desire to succeed have combined to create a successful, growing enterprise. Optomec is a ‘poster child’ for technology transfer success from the National Labs, in this case Sandia. Under Dave Keicher’s leadership, Optomec took Laser Engineered Net Shaping and commercialized it. The company now provides product back to Sandia and the National Security complex, thereby closing the technology transfer loop.”
Optomec was founded in 1982 with the original focus of the company on manufacturing and engineering optical-mechanical devices. In 1997, Optomec took on a new direction when Dave Keicher left SNL and joined the company. The LENS technology was subsequently licensed from SNL shortly thereafter, and advanced into a breakthrough manufacturing technology for leading companies across the globe. Dave Keicher notes that “the successful commercialization of the LENS technology has created approximately 50 new high-tech jobs in the Albuquerque area, as the company has experienced rapid growth, especially in the last two years.” Today there are currently 25 LENS systems in production use worldwide.
Optomec’s commercial LENS and M3D systems use breakthrough additive manufacturing technologies to deliver cost-effective solutions for functional prototype development, rapid manufacturing, and repair of a wide range of end-products. Today, LENS systems are fabricating and repairing high value metal components from aircraft engine parts to medical implants. At the nano and micro scale, M3D systems are being used to produce high density circuitry, embedded components, and an array of biomedical devices.
During the celebration, guests (including representatives from Senator Domenici and Congresswoman Wilson’s offices) were provided with a technology update and demonstrations of the LENS system, as well as Optomec’s M3D technology for printable electronics.
Optomec is the world-leading provider of additive manufacturing systems for high-performance applications in the Electronics, Biomedical, and Aerospace & Defense markets. These systems utilize Optomec’s proprietary M3D aerosol-jetting technology and LENS powder-metal fabrication technology.
LENS is a registered trademark of Sandia Corporation.