New Valence Robotics (NVBOTS) announced the launch of the Certified Material Developers Program, which will enable material, polymer, and chemistry companies to test and develop new 3D printing materials.

As a member of the Certified Material Developer Program, organizations can experiment with any material with melting temperatures up to 500 degrees celsius. In preliminary testing, NVBOTS had validated the ability for the NVPro to print numerous materials, including ABS, polycarbonate, ULTEM 1010, Carbon Fiber ULTEM, PEEK, Carbon Fiber ABS, TPU, and a wide array of metals.

The Certified Material Developer program is limited to the first 50 qualified applicants. Leveraging the Built to Share™ NVPro, which offers the first automated part ejection in the industry, member organizations will be able to rapidly iterate through testing and verifying their materials for 3D printing. The NVLabs division of NVBOTS will support program members with its expertise to help Material Developers with configuring and enabling the NVPro to test any plastic or composite material that program members want to get verified.

"We are excited at MakeShaper to be part of the NVBOTS Material Developer Program and provide certified 3D printing materials for continuous 3D printing on NVBOTS supported devices,” said Bryan Bonacum, Vice President of Sales at MakeShaper. “With over 30 years of manufacturing expertise, we look forward to providing NVBOTS' customers with the highest quality materials to give proven and repeatable results."

The NVPro is paired with NVCloud software that allows users to print parts anytime, from any cloud-connected device – while providing administrators with full control of production schedules and workflows typical in engineering and production settings. This combination of capabilities makes the NVPro uniquely suited for continuous 24-7 operation in multi-user environments, which further facilitates rapid iteration of material testing and certification.

"The NVPro is perfectly suited for materials development because of the printing throughput during the calibration and verification phases,” said Forest Sears, Materials Engineer at NVBOTS. “24/7 3D printing paired with unique 3D print IDs mean customers have more freedom with design of experiments compared to any other 3D printing solution. For example, a three-level, five variable, full factorial test is 243 printed parts without replicates -- you can only effectively manage that many parts on an NVPro. The NVBOTS Certified Material Program reflects the collaborative history of 3D printing and pushes the NVPro towards its goal of printing any material anywhere in the world."

NVBOTS announced Series A financing led by Woodman Asset Management that will fuel sales of its NVPro plastics 3d printers and the development of its new multi-metal 3d printers. The company also announced the addition of Duncan McCallum as CEO. AJ Perez, founding CEO of NVBOTS, has been elevated to Chairman and will lead NVLABS.

“We are pleased to lead the NVBOTS financing,” said Dr. Alexander J. Bischoff, Head of Venture Capital at Woodman. “The market for cost-effective, fast, and automated 3D printers is well over $10 billion. NVBOTS, with its established NVPro plastics printing platform, high-speed metal printing technology, and exceptional team, is poised to lead this rapidly growing category.”

“As NVBOTS continues its rapid growth, I am excited about adding financial support from Woodman and bringing on someone of Duncan’s caliber to lead day-to-day operations,” said Perez. “Duncan brings more than 20 years of experience building successful technology companies. I look forward to our partnership as we continue to grow the company and expand NVLABS — a division of NVBOTS focused on the commercialization of our multi-metal 3D printing technology.”

Duncan McCallum is an experienced CEO with over two decades of success launching, leading and financing new ventures. Previously, as CEO, Duncan co-founded, built and sold two companies (Cilk Arts, VeloBit). Earlier in his career, Duncan was a venture capitalist at Bessemer Venture Partners, leading early stage investments in 16 companies that have produced an aggregate market capitalization in excess of $1.5 billion. “I am fortunate to help lead the next phase of growth at NVBOTS,” said McCallum. “I’ve seen few opportunities that are as large and compelling.”

NVBOTS’ highly successful NVPro 3D plastics printers deliver value for more than 50 organizations – including Hypertherm and Staples – that require a 3D printer that is Built to Share™. The company’s new high-speed multi-metal 3D printing products will leverage the NVPro platform together with its proprietary Metal Additive Deposition (MAD) process, which uses ordinary wire rather than expensive powders. These new systems will deliver dramatically higher speed, lower cost, and lower power consumption than competing 3D metal printing technologies. Markets that will benefit from the new metals technology include the Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Industrial and Medical industries.

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