The BMF San Diego Research Institute

Driving Innovations Enabled by PµSL

The BMF San Diego Research Institute (SDRI) is a new research and development center in San Diego, CA that has been formed specifically to develop and incubate end-product ideas that are uniquely enabled by BMF’s micro-3D manufacturing platform. The new efforts are being led by Dr. Chunguang Xia, CTO and CoFounder of BMF, together with Dr. Jennifer Sun, director of SDRI.  The new center will engage in research and engineering with cooperation with other BMF’s engineering groups and research centers in Shenzhen, Chongqing, Tokyo and Boston.

Since shipping first systems in the second half 2018, over 300 of BMF’s micro 3D manufacturing systems have been adopted by customers worldwide.  These systems are being used for prototyping, development, research and production qualification.  Industry segments that have most embraced this platform are in fields such as electronics, optics/photonics, medical device, microfluidics and life sciences.

BMF’s Projection Micro Stereolithography or PµSL platform was developed to fulfill a high value need in the additive manufacturing market that was not being sufficiently addressed by incumbent technologies.  These are parts that are typically on the centimeter scale, with tolerance requirement often in the lower tens of micron range.  Dozens of industrial customers, having tested and utilized these systems for development, now see the potential for end-part production.  BMF continues to work to satisfy the needs of these customers, improve on the platform and ensure requirements of production are met.

The launching of the BMF Institute marks a new frontier for the company as a step towards productizing applications within dental, biomedical, and life science industries.

If you are an end-use company with an existing application that you think might be a good fit for PµSL, please reach out and let us know. We are actively recruiting partners for future projects.

“After being in the market for a few years, we now see that there are multiple end-products that are uniquely enabled by our platform. We are currently working with researchers, product designers and other collaboration partners on new product ideas. We recently raised additional capital to continue the development of our platform. But these funds will also be used for end-product development and commercialization. We expect these two legs will be complimentary to each other with the broader goal of unleashing the power of additive manufacturing in micro-manufacturing”.

– John Kawola, CEO of Boston Micro Fabrication

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