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Optisys Purchases Large Bed SLM500

Updated: Sep 16, 2020

Press Release


Optisys has placed an order with partner SLM Solutions for an SLM®500 selective laser melting machine, which will expand its production capability significantly.

  • Optisys orders SLM®500 from SLM Solutions.

  • Optisys will increase its current production capacity significantly to meet the demand for ever larger antenna arrays.

  • Will provide Optisys a market leading capability to produce large antenna tiles and further improve cost effectiveness of production items.

Salt Lake, UTAH, [16th July 2020]: Optisys LLC has completed the order of a cutting edge SLM®500 metal 3d printer from SLM Solutions to further expand its production capability of market leading antenna and radar products.

“This additional machine,” commented COO Robert Smith, “ will give us both the capability to develop and produce larger antenna tiles, which we combine together to make very large antenna arrays, or the ability to nest a larger number of small antenna products to further improve cost effectiveness of our unique solutions.”

Optisys specialises in innovative RF solutions for a range of industries from marine to space, taking advantage of 3d printing to revolutionise the design process for a vast number of market segments. Throughout the evaluation process, it became clear that the SLM®500 was an ideal choice to expand Optisys’ capabilities. The SLM®500’s enormous 500mmx280mm powder bed will allow Optisys to further increase the size and cost effectiveness of its large tiled antenna arrays, which can reach many square meters in size, and the four laser system will greatly speed up the manufacture process. These two advantages are expected to allow Optisys to increase production capacity by a significant amount and greatly reduce cost per part.

During a time period of great uncertainty for many, Optisys has been fortunate to make this acquisition due to the great amount of current and upcoming development and production contracts.

“We are proud to announce this development at this time because it has been entirely internally funded,” said CEO Janos Opra, “our business has not abated which we understand is due to the remarkable advantage our technology offers our customers. We are seeing lots of companies moving to us to further improve their system or product, because we can give them a greater advantage over their own competitors. Tough market conditions have just pushed them our way with a bit more urgency.”

Optisys plans to fully integrate the new machine by Q3 2020, however, design work has already started on products that will be produced using this machine with printed parts expected to be delivered using this platform at the beginning of Q4 2020.

About Optisys Optisys, LLC is a privately-owned revolutionary RF design and metal additive manufacturing company. Optisys unique approach allows us to create highly integrated antenna and radar products that achieve extremely low SWaP. Optisys' has a wide product line ranging from feeds to phased arrays, for antenna and radar applications from sea to space.

About SLM Solutions Lübeck-based SLM Solutions is a leading provider of metal-based additive manufacturing technology. The company's shares are traded in the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. SLM Solutions focuses on the development, assembly and sale of machines and integrated system solutions in the field of metal selective laser melting. SLM Solutions currently employs over 400 members of staff in Germany, France, Italy, the USA, Singapore, Russia, India and China. The products are utilised worldwide by customers in particular from the aerospace, energy, healthcare and automotive industries.

OPTISYS_SLM500 PR 16July2020
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