Seurat’s Origin Story

A view of a small part of the NIF laser system. The 192-laser system is the size of three football fields.
The target chamber for the National Ignition Facility being moved into place in 1999. The chamber design that I worked on was vastly more complex, needing to cope with 16 shots a second rather than just one per day. For a view of the chamber, see Star Trek “Into Darkness” (00:36.26, 01:40.41, or 01:44.15).
High deposition rate AM techniques can produce many kg of material per hour, but with vastly reduced resolution. The tradeoff between build rate and resolution is a fundamental limitation of scaling conventional metal AM.
The Optically Addressed Light Valve is the key enabling technology that lets Seurat scale AM printing rates without losing resolution.

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James DeMuth

James DeMuth

Prior to founding Seurat, James was at Livermore Labs where he co-invented and developed the core of Seurat's breakthrough technology in Additive Manufacturing.