Optomec 3D Metal Printing Technology Chosen by Navajo Technical University for NASA Mission

Team from Optomec, Navajo Technical University, University of Alabama Huntsville, V&M Global Solutions to collaborate on NASA Additive Manufacturing Grant

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — December 12, 2019 — Optomec -- a leading, privately-held global supplier of production-grade additive manufacturing equipment and software -- today announced its LENS® Directed Energy Deposition (DED) 3D Printed Metal system will be used to print bi-metallic rocket engine parts that will go to the moon in 2024 as part of a grant from NASA for additive manufacturing research and education as it relates to space technology and applications.

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Dr. Monsuru Ramoni, Ph.D., assistant professor of Industrial Engineering at Navajo Technical University and his team of students will be investigating the benefits of Additive Manufacturing for space exploration with the help of Optomec LENS for NASA. Pictured from left to right: Adriane Tenequer, Dr. Monsuru Ramoni, Aaron Sansosie, Calsey Nez, Elliot Burns, Joshua Toddy, Leslie Notah. (Photo: Business Wire)

Dr. Monsuru Ramoni, Ph.D., assistant professor of Industrial Engineering at Navajo Technical University and his team of students will be investigating the benefits of Additive Manufacturing for space exploration with the help of Optomec LENS for NASA. Pictured from left to right: Adriane Tenequer, Dr. Monsuru Ramoni, Aaron Sansosie, Calsey Nez, Elliot Burns, Joshua Toddy, Leslie Notah. (Photo: Business Wire)

Work on this grant is a collaboration between the Navajo Technical University (NTU), who is acting as the lead on the project, with the Marshall Space Flight Center Advanced Manufacturing Center (MSFC), University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH), V&M Global Solutions and Optomec. The team will collaborate on additive manufacturing research around directed energy deposition (DED) of bi-metallic parts for NASA applications and build institutional capacity in STEM research and education.

“We’re very excited to be working with this team and NASA to explore how the benefits of Additive Manufacturing can be applied to space exploration,” said Tom Cobbs, Optomec LENS product manager. “LENS is an ideal solution for printing multi-material components used in higher-performance liquid rocket engine components and holds the potential to provide significant advantages in terms of cost and time savings, especially if we can print the bi-metallic parts on one machine in one process.”

The proposed research will focus on characterization (micro and nano-scale) of the microstructure of AM Inconel-Cu alloy bi-metallic parts in three conditions: (i) as built, (ii) hot-isostatic pressing and heat treatment, and (iii) after a combined hot-isostatic pressing and heat treatment in order to establish the necessary linkages between microstructure, post-processing, dimensional accuracy and mechanical properties. The research will also involve metrology to provide insights into the dimensional accuracy of DED printed parts for use in the Space Launch System.

“We are extremely honored to receive this grant from NASA,” said Dr. Monsuru Ramoni, Ph.D., an assistant professor of Industrial Engineering at Navajo Technical University and the principal investigator for this grant. “In addition to providing working parts for NASA to meet its goal of walking on the moon in 2024, these research activities provide unprecedented learning opportunities. Collaboration with other academic, government and private companies will enhance our state-of-the-art research and education center in Advanced Manufacturing here at the Navajo Nation and support our goal to prepare a diverse, skilled science and engineering workforce in advanced manufacturing, research, and engineering.”

NTU is the only institution of all the tribal colleges and universities (TCU) with the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited engineering degrees; Industrial Engineering and Electrical Engineering.

About Optomec

Optomec is a privately-held, rapidly growing supplier of Additive Manufacturing systems. Optomec’s patented Aerosol Jet Systems for printed electronics and LENS 3D Printers for metal components are used by industry to reduce product cost and improve performance. Together, these unique printing solutions work with the broadest spectrum of functional materials, ranging from electronic inks to structural metals and even biological matter. Optomec has more than 300 marquee customers around the world, targeting production applications in the electronics, energy, life sciences and aerospace industries. For more information about Optomec, visit http://optomec.com.

LENS is a registered trademark of Sandia National Labs; Aerosol Jet is a registered trademark of Optomec.



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