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Azul 3D closes $15 million in series A funding   

Global investors include DuPont, Beta Lab, and GS Futures

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Azul 3D, a rising high-speed 3D printer manufacturer, has closed a Series A transaction of $15 million from existing and new investors. Investment in the company comes from around the globe, including from DuPont, a lead investor in the Series A transaction. Other investors from the EMEA and Asia regions include Beta Lab and GS Futures.

DuPont has worked with Azul 3D since 2019 and is developing applications that take advantage of Azul 3D’s proprietary High-Area Rapid Printing (HARPTM) technology. “We are very excited about the potential of this technology to create new business opportunities with DuPont,” said Randal King, Vice President, of Technology, DuPont Electronics & Industrial. “Our investment underscores our strong belief that Azul 3D and its HARP technology can truly create a new paradigm in manufacturing.”

Azul 3D closes $15 million in series A funding from global investors that include DuPont, Beta Lab, and GS Futures “Azul3D is upending the supply chain and manufacturing process, creating products that were never before possible,” said Beta Lab CEO Abdulrahman al Olayan. “We invested in this company because it is unlike anything we have seen in the 3D printing space. It has the ability to flip verticals that have long been stagnant.”

Supporting Azul 3D through the round was John Hartner, who has served as CEO since June 2023. Hartner is the former CEO of 3D printing company ExOne and has led technology companies around the world for 30 years in the automation, electronics, cleantech and digital printing industries. He has been an early investor and member of the board of directors of Azul 3D since 2020.

“Azul3D has become very focused on high-value, high-volume applications where we believe our 3D printing technology can be a game-changer,” Hartner said. “This new financing, particularly with the robust valuation, stands out against the current funding environment and shows the excitement surrounding this path and its potential for disrupting manufacturing in targeted industries.”

Azul 3D also welcomed its newest board member G. Walter “Wally” Loewenbaum, the former chairman of 3D Systems Corp and founder of Rocky Point Ventures. “This is the most excited I have been about photopolymer 3D printing in a long time,” Loewenbaum said. “With this technology, we have the potential to capture high-value markets and enable innovative new products. I’m excited to be a part of Azul 3D as it enters this next phase.”

The funding facilitates successful technology development in high-value applications. It will be used to scale production in markets, such as manufacturing specialty components for electronics applications and personalized devices, that can take advantage of Azul 3D’s HARP technology. HARP, a proprietary form of vat polymerization that converts liquid plastic into solid objects using ultraviolet light, employs a unique liquid interface that remains molecularly flat during continuous printing and allows users to build objects with precise thermal control and excellent material properties.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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