Partnership Will Bring Blue Laser 3D-Printing Solution to Market

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CENTENNIAL, Colo., May 4, 2022 — Blue laser developer NUBURU is partnering with industrial additive manufacturing company Essentium Inc. to develop and manufacture a blue laser-based metal additive manufacturing platform. The Essentium printer that the collaborators seek to develop will enable manufacturers to create production-grade metal parts with high resolution and fast throughput.

Under the multiyear, multimillion-dollar agreement, Essentium may integrate NUBURU’s proprietary blue laser technology with its High Speed Extrusion (HSETM) 3D-printing technology for product development in the first phase and manufacturing in the second phase. The platform to be developed is designed to deliver breakthrough throughput for extremely high part quality and broad-scale use in major industrial markets, including automotive, aerospace, and defense.

As a part of the contract, NUBURU will also license its core 3D-printing application patents.

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. Materials processing with blue laser technology enables printing with 10× the build speed and the ability to print with a very high metal density without any post-processes.

Essentium’s technology provides energy-efficient deposition, eliminating porosity and minimizing warpage during a build. The new joint platform will produce parts comparable to castings and forgings with minimal post-processing required.

Published: May 2022
additive manufacturing
Additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, is a manufacturing process that involves creating three-dimensional objects by adding material layer by layer. This is in contrast to traditional manufacturing methods, which often involve subtracting or forming materials to achieve the desired shape. In additive manufacturing, a digital model of the object is created using computer-aided design (CAD) software, and this digital model is then sliced into thin cross-sectional layers. The...
3d printing
3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM), is a manufacturing process that builds three-dimensional objects layer by layer from a digital model. This technology allows the creation of complex and customized structures that would be challenging or impossible with traditional manufacturing methods. The process typically involves the following key steps: Digital design: A three-dimensional digital model of the object is created using computer-aided design (CAD) software. This...
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