Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS) II

NCMS Project #: 140211

Problem: To advance the state-of-the-art of the LENS technology which was successful on the LENS I project.  Advancements will include new material characterizations, more complex geometries of the target parts, and the design of a LENS unit more suitable to the environment of a repair depot i.e. a production environment.  End result will be far greater applications of this technology at the various depots resulting in greater cost avoidance.

Benefit: Anniston Army Depot has avoided $6M in costs the first year of the implementation of LENS from the Phase I project.  Because the deliverable of LENS Phase II is a more production-worthy machine, cost avoidance exceeding $6M per year are anticipated.

Solution/Approach: The primary deliverable of LENS II will be a production-ready machine to be deployed to Keyport NUWC.  ANAD had such good results from the Phase I machine, that they have ordered a second machine for their operations.

Impact on Warfighter: There will be increased readiness of the warfighter because the throughput of the depots will be enhanced due to the increased ability to repair parts previously unrepairable.

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army (Anniston)
  • U.S. Navy (NUWC Keyport)
  • U.S. Navy (NADEP Cherry Point)
  • U.S. Air Force (WR-ALC)

Industry Participation:

  • Rolls Royce
  • Boeing Rocketdyne
  • Collins & Aikman
  • Optomec
  • NCMS

Final Report