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Nikon makes major move in metal AM with majority ownership of Morf3D

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Nikon has acquired majority ownership of Morf3D, an AM and engineering specialist for the aerospace, space, and defense industries. The Japanese multinational manufactures products used in applications ranging from advanced semiconductor manufacturing and mass production of panels for televisions and smart devices to medical, automotive, and satellite systems.

In July 2019, Nikon established the Next Generation Project Division to accelerate the launch of new and growing businesses, including materials processing technologies. The company intends to promote the industrialization of digital manufacturing by leveraging the synergies resulting from strategic investments and alliances with industry leaders around the world.

Yuichi Shibazaki, Nikon’s Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Next Generation Project Division, said, “Morf3D has proven leadership in metal additive technology, a strong innovation pipeline, and highly specialized aerospace manufacturing qualifications. In addition, it brings together a team. of experts used to collaborating with customers to meet their unique requirements. This combination is well-aligned with Nikon’s vision of accelerating the industrialization of AM through innovation, and we look forward to working together”.

Ivan J. Madera, Founder and CEO of Morf3D

Morf3D focuses on helping customers realize the potential of AM to solve complex design and manufacturing challenges. Using state-of-the-art additive design and analytical tools combined with a leading AM serial manufacturing experience, Morf3D accelerates fully optimized functional structures and creates processes for customers.

Ivan Madera, Chief Executive Officer of Morf3D, said: “Nikon’s investment and cutting-edge technology accelerates Morf3D’s position in the field of innovation in advanced manufacturing for the aerospace, space, and defense markets. Our partnership is well-positioned to advance the level of quality, service, and technological advances that will drive the industrialization of additive manufacturing”.

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