October 1, 2021
Morf3D, Inc., a subsidiary of Nikon Corporation, a company in metal additive manufacturing (AM) that specializes in AM optimization and engineering for the aerospace, defense and space industries, announces that Starburst Aerospace has committed to a technology development partnership in its new Applied Digital Manufacturing Center (ADMC) in Long Beach, CA. Morf3D has also added Van Espahbodi, co-founder and chief operating officer (COO) to its board of directors with this partnership.
Morf3D's ADMC is a 90,000-square-foot facility that harnesses applied research, advanced engineering and application development, serial production, and most significantly, new industry partnerships with global leaders to drive the industrialization of digital manufacturing in high-growth markets.
Espahbodi has worked in aerospace for over 18 years and has experience in investment trade policies, identifying future trends and shaping product strategy. Espahbodi 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.
“Starburst is thrilled to join Morf3D's ADMC and contribute to the innovation that is transforming aerospace manufacturing and next-level development,” says Espahbodi of Starburst Aerospace. “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.”
“With the launch of our partnership with Starburst Aerospace, we see great potential to bring forth new and compelling capabilities for the industry,” says 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.”
Morf3D's investment in this new California facility underscores its commitment to developing a strong industrial base that improves the quality of their products, enhances Morf3D's technical capabilities, and enriches customer applications worldwide, the company says. At peak, the center will be home to 150 multi-discipline engineers, research staff and technical teams.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.