Blue laser-based metal additive manufacturing platform is a type of a technology solution that reflects the respective expertise of Blue laser developer NUBURU and industrial AM company Essentium Inc.
Both companies announce their partnership to create a blue laser-based wire feed metal 3D printer. The partnership is backed by a multi-year, multi-million-dollar agreement, where Essentium may integrate NUBURU’s proprietary blue laser technology with its High Speed Extrusion (HSE™) 3D Printing technology for product development in the first phase, and manufacturing in the second phase.
As a part of the contract, NUBURU will also license its core 3D printing application patents, based on NUBURU’s foundational patent, “Methods and systems for welding copper using blue laser” US10,940,562B2 and JP2019562226A.
NUBURU’s blue laser is well suited for materials processing applications within AM. Critical materials such as copper, stainless steel, and aluminum reflect much of the infrared wavelengths transmitted by traditional industrial lasers, which leads to lower print speed and quality. NUBURU’s blue laser technology enables printing with 10x the build speed and the ability to print with a very high metal density without any post processes.
“We are excited to work closely with the Essentium team and combine the powers of our existing technologies to develop and manufacture a new transformative platform for additive manufacturing,” said Mark Zediker Ph.D., co-founder, CEO, and President at NUBURU. “Our high power, high brightness blue laser technology, along with our 3D printing IP will help Essentium build a powerful metal 3D printer with a wide range of applications.”
Essentium’s HSE 3D Printing Platforms have transformed traditional manufacturing, giving its customers an industrial-scale additive manufacturing solution that allows them to generate production floor-ready parts at scale quickly and cost-effectively. This technology, which is supported by eight patents to date, provides energy-efficient deposition, eliminating porosity and minimizing warpage during a build. The new platform will produce parts comparable to castings and forgings with minimal post-processing required.
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