7 January 2021
NUBURU Inc of Centennial, CO, USA, which specializes in high-power industrial blue lasers, has been awarded seven new patents, adding to its intellectual property portfolio in visible laser technology for applications across 3D printing and material processing.
Specifically, NUBURU was awarded US patent nos. 10,562,132, 10,656,328, 10,634,842 and 10,804,680. It was also awarded Russian patent no. 2710819, Japanese patent no. 6648170 and Korean patent no 10-2143220.
The new patents join the firm’s foundational patent ‘3D printing Devices and Methods’ (PCT/US14/35928), which was awarded in 16 countries, with several other applications and continuations pending around the world, including with the US patent office (2016/0067780).
The latest patents range from ‘Material Processing with Visible Raman Laser’ to the technology required to build the unique single-mode visible lasers. NUBURU has also received several notices of allowances inclusive of the technology and the application of blue lasers to material processing and 3D printing.
“NUBURU’s IP portfolio is broad and deep,” says CEO Dr Guy Gilliland. “Industry analysts and organizations have recognized the strength of our technology and its IP portfolio, including StartUp Insight, who identified NUBURU as one of the ‘Top 5 Additive Manufacturing Start Ups Impacting the Automotive Industry’,” he adds. NUBURU was founded in 2015.
NUBURU says that its blue lasers provide speed and quality control for metal processing operations, such as welding and additive manufacturing in a variety of growing industries such as e-mobility and automotive, where materials such as copper, stainless steel and aluminum are increasingly critical. Previous technologies are inflexible, slow and produce poor-quality metal joints, says the firm, which adds that its industrial blue lasers leverage a fundamental physical advantage to produce defect-free welds up to four times faster than the traditional approaches — all with the flexibility inherent to laser processing.
“These patents firmly establish that NUBURU invented the blue laser technology for 3D printing and material processing,” claims founder & chairman Dr Mark Zediker. “The company portfolio widely covers blue laser technology, multi-mode and single-mode as well as broad applications within 3D printing and material processing… 22 patents have been awarded to date, with 90 applications currently in process for a number of claims in excess of 4000.”