Morf3D’s Applied Digital Manufacturing Center partners with Starburst Aerospace

October 1, 2021

Morf3D, Inc, a Nikon subsidiary headquartered in El Segundo, California, USA, has announced that Starburst Aerospace has committed to a technology development partnership in its new Applied Digital Manufacturing Center (ADMC) in Long Beach, California.

Morf3D’s ADMC facility harnesses applied research, advanced engineering and application development, serial production, and new industry partnerships with global leaders, to help drive the industrialisation of digital manufacturing in high-growth markets.

“With the launch of our partnership with Starburst Aerospace, we see great potential to bring forth new and compelling capabilities for the industry,” stated Ivan Madera, CEO for Morf3D Inc. “This industry is ever-evolving and it’s important to bring in the greatest minds and resources to usher in a new era of Additive Manufacturing as we continue to grow.”

Starburst is reputedly the first and only global aerospace accelerator, connecting startups with corporates, investors and government while providing strategic growth and investment consulting services for all. Starburst’s accelerator programme aims to help startups scale business in aviation, space, and defence through access to a large group of corporate stakeholders.

As part of this partnership, Morf3D has also added Van Espahbodi, co-founder and COO of Starburst Aerospace, to its board of directors. Espahbodi has worked in aerospace for over eighteen years, and has experience in investment trade policies, identifying future trends, and shaping product strategy.

He started his career as a congressional aide before joining Raytheon and, later, UK NATS, the British air navigation service provider. Espahbodi launched Starburst’s first US office in Los Angeles in 2015. His addition to Morf3D’s Board of Directors is hoped to drive lasting impacts on the industry’s next generation of aerospace manufacturing initiatives.

“Starburst is thrilled to join Morf3D’s ADMC and contribute to the innovation that is transforming aerospace manufacturing and next-level development,” Espahbodi added. “Morf3D’s unique vision and approach to the AM industry, coupled with Starburst’s global influence connecting government and industry players, will ensure the effective development of technological advancements into successful commercial ventures.”

Morf3D intends its investment in this new California facility to underscore a commitment to developing a strong industrial base that improves the quality of products, enhances technical capabilities, and enriches customer applications. At peak, the centre will be home to 150 multi-discipline engineers, research staff, and technical teams.

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