Coherent was founded in May of 1966. As it was for most companies starting out in the mid-60’s, the company’s start was modest. With limited financial resources, Coherent established its headquarters in the Palo Alto, CA home of one of its founders. At that time, the most pressing need was for a 220-volt power outlet, which forced Coherent’s brain trust to build their first laser in a laundry room. In the summer of 1966, next to a washer and dryer, and using a piece of rain gutter as a key component, Coherent’s founders began building their first laser. Four months later, Coherent unveiled the very first CO2 commercially available laser.
The Coherent portfolio of industrial laser machines includes a range of compact, high-precision systems for 3D metal printing, cladding, selective layer melting, and direct metal deposition. These systems support diverse dental, medical, jewelry, automotive, and aerospace applications. Whether you’re a designer building pre-production prototypes, involved with part repair, tooling, or mold making, or even performing short run production, Coherent has a high-performance solution to meet your needs.
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