NUBURU Honored by Laser Focus World 2018 Innovators Awards Program

Centennial, CO – 15 May 2018- NUBURU, developer and fabricator of revolutionary materials processing lasers, announced today that its AO-150 high power blue laser, the first ever to go to market, has been recognized by the judges of the annual Laser Focus World Innovators Awards program. The judging panel, consisting of a panel of senior expert professionals, acknowledged the game-changing implications of the first commercially available high-power blue laser.

NUBURU was honored with a Platinum award, the highest distinction. The 150 watt output power of the AO-150 makes opens up many applications previously inaccessible to infrared lasers. Unlike infrared radiation, however, blue light is highly absorbed by a wide range of metals. According to Jean Michel Pelaprat, NUBURU’s co-founder, “that substantial improved absorption, gives the AO-150 both disruptive qualitative and quantitative advantages in many materials processing applications.” For example, the AO-150 welds copper foil in lithium batteries faster than alternative technologies, and also produces higher quality weld.

Alan Bergstein, publisher of Laser Focus World (, said “This prestigious program allows Laser Focus World to celebrate and recognize the most innovative products and services in the photonics and optoelectronics industry. Our 2018 Honorees are an outstanding example of companies who are making an impact.”

“We’d like to thank the judging panel and Laser Focus World for seeing the unique value provided by high-power blue lasers,” said NUBURU co-founder and CEO Mark Zediker. “This gives us even more confidence in the merits of our technology as we move towards release of the 500 watt AO-500 later this year.”

The Innovators Awards are judged based on the following criteria:

  • Innovation
  • Value to the User
  • Sustainability
  • Meeting a Defined Need
  • Collaboration
  • Impact

The 2018 Laser Focus World Innovators Awards Honorees are featured in the May Issue of Laser Focus World magazine as well as on

About Laser Focus World

Published since 1965, Laser Focus World – a monthly magazine for engineers, researchers, scientists, and technical professionals – provides comprehensive global coverage of optoelectronic technologies, applications, and markets. Of over 80,000 qualified optoelectronics professionals from around the world currently subscribe. The Laser Focus World brand includes the magazine, website (, email newsletters, and webcasts. As well as, the sister brands, Industrial Laser Solutions and BioOptics World.

Laser Focus World 2018 Innovators Awards program 

The Laser Focus World Innovation Awards celebrate the most innovative applications of photonics, optoelectronics and precision optics products and systems. Awards are presented to organizations that demonstrate excellence in the use of a product, system, or application. Designers, integrators, and users of laser, optics, and photonics systems may nominate their own projects or applications, or integrators or distributors that supplied products or systems can nominate exceptional projects for consideration.


NUBURU®, headquartered in Centennial, Colorado, is leading the transformation to a world of high-speed, high quality metal machining and processing using a first-to-market class of high-power, high-performance blue lasers.


For additional information on the NUBURU’s innovative product line visit, contact:

Agency Contact:
James Liolin
Lion Associates
(914) 670-0138

Company Contact:
Jean-Michel Pelaprat
Co-founder & Chief Marketing and Sales Officer
1 (720) 767-1400