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NUBURU delivers blue lasers for new metal AM system by Essentium

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NUBURU, a leading innovator in high-power and high-brightness industrial blue laser technology, delivered multiple units were delivered to Essentium, a worldwide leader in industrial thermoplastic filament extrusion additive manufacturing. In May 2022, Essentium and NUBURU jointly announced a multi-year, multi-million-dollar agreement to develop and manufacture a blue laser-based metal AM platform.

The technology is expected to be a type of metal DED system, leveraging Essentium’s mechanics and specifically targeting challenging, high-potential materials such as copper via NUBURU’s blue laser. The deliveries signify the initial execution of this agreement. Essentium expects strong growth across new applications and markets as a result of this technology integration.

NUBURU delivers first blue lasers for new metal AM system by Essentium: upcoming system to offer laser DED capabilites on copper materials
NUBURU High Power Blue Lasers for copper welding

NUBURU has begun delivering and Essentium has begun integrating NUBURU’s proprietary blue laser technology with its High Speed Extrusion (HSETM) 3D Printing technology. The new AM platform is designed to deliver breakthrough throughput for extremely high part quality and broad-scale use in major industrial markets, including automotive, aerospace, and defense.

Dr. Mark Zediker, CEO and Co-Founder of NUBURU, said, “We are excited to have delivered our first units to Essentium, and we look forward to delivering additional units over the course of 2023 and the coming years.”

Essentium launched EPOD (Essentium Parts on Demand), an in-house production service using its HSETM 3D printing technology in March 2023. The service offers fast and cost-effective production of parts at scale and access to Essentium’s open AM ecosystem of solutions. NUBURU is excited to support Essentium’s growth through partnerships with existing additive manufacturing service providers and manufacturing marketplaces.

“NUBURU’s unparalleled expertise and leadership in blue laser technology have been instrumental in advancing our cutting-edge 3D printing platform. The arrival of the latest units this year and our partnership with NUBURU will help us continue to drive innovation in the AM industry,” said Elisa Teipel, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Essentium.

Essentium is also leveraging access to NUBURU’s intellectual property-related blue laser technology, including patents granted in the United States, Japan, China, and South Korea.

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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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