Coherent buys OR Laser for AM systems, expands in Lübeck
The additive manufacturing tools include both DMD and SLM.
Coherent (Santa Clara, CA; NASDAQ: COHR) has expanded its portfolio of industrial laser-based machine tools with the acquisition of O.R. Lasertechnologie (OR Laser; Dieburg, Germany), which produces a range of compact, high precision tools for laser additive manufacturing. The additive manufacturing tools include both direct metal deposition (DMD) and selective layer melting (SLM) technologies, as well as systems for cutting, welding, marking and engraving.
“The acquisition of Rofin-Sinar made Coherent into a major force in laser machine tools, and O.R. Lasertechnologie now gives us a complementary product line that specifically increases our solutions portfolio in additive manufacturing,” noted Thomas Merk, Coherent Executive Vice President and General Manager, Industrial Lasers and Systems.
“Additionally, their products will seamlessly integrate with our current offering because the O.R. Lasertechnologie approach is congruent with the Coherent philosophy: provide high performance, precision systems which deliver unmatched value and ease of use. We see this as key to enabling lasers to displace other legacy manufacturing technologies in a variety of industries. For example, these advantages have already allowed O.R. Lasertechnologie to enjoy success with their solutions for dental and medical device manufacturing.”
Also in Germany, Coherent announced that it is investing €50 million to relocate its operations in Lübeck from Seelandstraße to the Genin commercial area by 2021. Plans call for a five-story office building and a two- to three-story production hall to be built, almost doubling the size available floor space to 13,000 m2. The original facility was established in 1986 by Adlas, which was acquired by Coherent in 1995.