FAU invests in Civan’s Dynamic Beam Laser for metal AM research

March 29, 2021

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg has selected Civan Advanced Technologies’ OPA-20 Dynamic Beam Laser for its research as part of the study into industrial metal AM processes (Courtesy Civan Advanced Technologies)

After being selected by the German Research Foundation to invest €2.25 million into the study of industrial metal Additive Manufacturing processes, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Germany, has selected Israel’s Civan Advanced Technologies’ OPA-20 Dynamic Beam Laser for its research into Directed Energy Deposition (DED).

Dr Eyal Shekel, Civan’s CEO and founder, commented, “We are proud and honoured to have our laser placed in the leading institute under Prof Schmidt’s management and become a part of such a unique and important journey. I would also like to thank the Israeli Innovation Authority for supporting the development of this technology and product.”

Civan is reportedly the only company in the world offering the Dynamic Beam Laser technology, which allows manufacturers to control beam shape, frequency, sequence and focus steering to eliminate spatter, and increase welding power and speed. With these advanced beam-shaping capabilities, FAU sees this technology as a possible pathway to countless new applications.

“We strongly believe that Dynamic Beam Shaping will open new possibilities in material processing, and are very excited to start using this groundbreaking technology,” stated Prof Dr-Ing Michael Schmidt, chair of the FAU’s Institute for Photonics Technology. “Dynamic Beam Shaping brings novel capabilities that will allow us to achieve major progress creating never-before-seen capabilities for next generation 3D printers.”



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