Nikon had 21 patents in 3D printing during Q1 2024. Nikon Corp has filed patents for shaping apparatus equipped with beam shaping systems, controllers, and movement systems to shape target surfaces using shaping materials. The intensity distribution of the beam can be modified, and the system can control the irradiation beam for additive layer manufacturing processes. Additionally, a build system includes energy beam irradiation units and material supply units to build objects with inclined parts and connected spaces. The shaping apparatus also includes measurement systems to acquire position information for shaping three-dimensional objects on target surfaces. GlobalData’s report on Nikon gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

Nikon had no grants in 3D printing as a theme in Q1 2024.

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Application: Shaping apparatus and shaping method (Patent ID: US20240100627A1)

The patent filed by Nikon Corp describes a shaping apparatus equipped with a beam shaping system and a controller to form a three-dimensional shaped object on a target surface by supplying shaping material while moving the beam and the target surface relative to each other. The intensity distribution of the beam in the shaping plane can be modified, allowing for precise control over the shaping process. The apparatus includes a movement system, a material supply section, and a controller that coordinates the shaping process based on 3D data of the object to be formed.

The claims associated with the patent detail the specific components and functionalities of the shaping apparatus, such as the variable width of the irradiation area, the control of movement and shaping based on data related to the shaped object, and the ability to change the intensity distribution of the beam. The method outlined in the patent involves applying shaping material to an area irradiated by the beam while moving the beam and the mount section, with precise control over the supply area of the material based on the shape of the irradiation area. Overall, the patent focuses on a shaping apparatus and method that offer advanced control and precision in forming three-dimensional objects using shaping material and a beam shaping system.

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