Nuburu and GE Additive to explore advantages of blue laser use in Additive Manufacturing

June 5, 2023

Nuburu and GE Additive will explore the benefits of Additive Manufacturing built around Nuburu’s blue laser technology (Courtesy Nuburu)
Nuburu and GE Additive will explore the benefits of Additive Manufacturing built around Nuburu’s blue laser technology (Courtesy Nuburu)

Nuburu, based in Centennial, Colorado, USA, has signed a joint technology agreement with GE Additive to explore the speed, accuracy and commercial benefits of Additive Manufacturing built around Nuburu’s blue laser technology.

“As we continue to advance our proprietary blue laser technology, we have further increased both power and brightness to open up new applications,” said Dr Mark Zediker, CEO and co-founder of Nuburu. “We’ve achieved key performance milestones that open new possibilities for significant advances in metal 3D printing. Working with GE Additive, and their expertise in metal Additive Manufacturing will allow us to rapidly optimise our innovative area printing approach. That will accelerate the further expansion of our pioneering blue laser into innovative metal 3D printing solutions which have the potential to change the landscape of military logistics, aerospace manufacturing, medical device fabrication, and beyond.”

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Chris Schuppe, General Manager, Engineering & Technology of GE Additive added, “As an industry leader in metal 3D printing and having been on the leading edge of qualifying parts in regulated industries, we’re excited to evaluate NUBURU blue industrial laser technology and its benefits.”

Nuburu’s approach to Additive Manufacturing is built on the foundation of blue light absorption by metals, a fundamental physical advantage that offers high-efficiency laser-based melting for a wide range of industrially important metals. The Nuburu light engine combines the blue laser module with an optical conditioning system in an effort to optimise manufacturing performance. GE Additive will provide a Powder Bed Fusion machine and its experience in the integration and characterisation of this prototype light engine to quantify any performance improvements over existing technology.

This joint development agreement is in addition to an agreement with GE Additive to support Nuburu’s previously announced AFWERX Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II contract awarded to Nuburu in 2022.

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