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About Arbor Photonics

Arbor Photonics is committed to providing high power laser solutions that increase productivity and enable new capabilities for advanced laser materials processing and defense applications. The company is developing highly reliable fiber lasers that feature a combination of beam quality and optical power. Arbor's 3C fiber platform technology expands the limits of single-mode laser performance to hundreds of watts of average pulsed power and multi-kilowatts of continuous wave optical power. These lasers can enable dramatic improvements in throughput and processing speed in microelectronics manufacturing, solar cell processing and industrial materials processing applications.

Headquarters Location

251 Jackson Plaza Unit A1

Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48103,

United States




Latest Arbor Photonics News

U-M's Frankel Fund Has First Exit, Leads Fusion Coolant's Series A

Jan 19, 2013

University of Michigan’s student-led Frankel Commercialization Fund , in collaboration with the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies , announced this week that Arbor Photonics , one of the fund’s portfolio companies, has been acquired by  nLIGHT , an industry leader in semiconductor lasers. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. “We’re really pleased for such an early-stage fund to already have an exit,” says Tom Porter, the fund’s managing director. The Frankel Fund made its first-ever investment in Arbor Photonics, which was spun out of technology developed at the university, in 2007. The fund contributed $85,000 to an initial round of financing led by Ann Arbor-based  RPM Ventures . The Wolverine Venture Fund , the university’s venture-stage investment fund, has also invested in the company, participating in the company’s Series A round of financing in 2009. Arbor Photonics’ technology can produce a laser with five to seven times as much power as ordinary lasers for use in defense applications and materials processing. Porter calls Arbor Photonics’ technology “very strategically important” to nLIGHT, which has led nLIGHT to keep Arbor Photonics’ research lab in Ann Arbor. “It’s encouraging,” Porter adds. “When Michigan companies are acquired, companies often swoop in and just take, and Ann Arbor doesn’t get the benefit of what was started locally.” Also this week, the Frankel Fund announced its seventh investment:  Fusion Coolant Systems, another U-M spinoff startup . It led Fusion Coolant’s $600,000 Series A round; other participating investors were the Ann Arbor-based Amherst Fund , Troy, MI-based Automation Alley , the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund , and the Detroit Enterprise Fund and First Step Fund , both based in Detroit. Fusion Coolant has developed a patented dry coolant and lubrication system for use in metalworking and other manufacturing. The company recently opened a tech center on the west side of Detroit. CEO Tom Gross says Fusion Coolant will use the Series A funds to improve its product development and marketing strategy. Sarah Schmid is the editor of Xconomy Detroit/Ann Arbor. You can reach her at 313-570-9823 or Follow @XconomyDET_AA

Arbor Photonics Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Where is Arbor Photonics's headquarters?

    Arbor Photonics's headquarters is located at 251 Jackson Plaza, Ann Arbor.

  • What is Arbor Photonics's latest funding round?

    Arbor Photonics's latest funding round is Acquired.

  • How much did Arbor Photonics raise?

    Arbor Photonics raised a total of $5.23M.

  • Who are the investors of Arbor Photonics?

    Investors of Arbor Photonics include nLIGHT, U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, RPM Ventures, Frankel Commercialization Fund and 5 more.



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