Nikon Buys Metal 3D Printing Startup Morf3D
AnonymousMemberApril 6, 2021 at 1:20 PM
This was not a merger and acquisition that Executive Editor Joris Peels predicted, but we can give him props for anticipating that Nikon might aid in the breakup of Renishaw assets. Nikon Corporation has announced that it has acquired a majority ownership of El Segundo, California’s Morf3D Inc. for an undisclosed amount.
While Joris thought Nikon might go for Renishaw’s metrology division, while GKN took the British manufacturer’s metal 3D printer business, it turns out that the Japanese giant was actually eyeing metal 3D printing services. Morf3D is a 3D printing design, engineering and service bureau that has received investments from such companies as Boeing. The firm boasts its experience in serial production with additive manufacturing and ability to design optimized functional structures and build processes.
Nikon is a roughly $6.5 billion manufacturer of optics and imaging products, which extend beyond DSLR cameras to microscopes, measurement instruments, rifle scopes, spotting scopes, and ophthalmic lenses. It is also the world’s second largest maker of steppers for use in photolithography for semiconductor fabrication, as well as the eighth largest chip producer. In 2019, the company launched its
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