Opens new 30,500 square-foot facility in Barberton, Ohio, more than doubling its footprint from its previous location
Expansion for high growth filament materials manufacturing and cartridge assembly for its consumer printers
Creates new jobs in local community for assemblers, operators and quality assurance resources
Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 08:40
ROCK HILL, South Carolina, August 14, 2014 – 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it has opened a new 30,500 square-foot facility in Barberton, Ohio to expand its manufacturing capacity for 3D printer filament materials and plastic extrusion. The expansion stems from growing demand for the company’s consumer 3D printers and is based on its acquisition of Village Plastics last year, which brought 3DS key advances in filament-based materials technology and expertise in large-scale materials manufacturing.
The new facility in Barberton dramatically expands 3DS’ capacity for both manufacturing 3D printer filaments and the research and development of new and innovative thermoplastic materials. This includes two new industry-leading materials recently developed by the 3DS team that will be manufactured in Barberton. The first raises the sustainability bar with groundbreaking new filament made in part from post-consumer recycled PET (rPET) for the EKOCYCLETM Cube®. The other dramatically increases the utility of 3D printed thermoplastic parts with an engineering-grade nylon filament for the exciting new CubeProTM. Both extend the range of materials support and performance capability of 3DS’ growing portfolio of 3D printers.
“This new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility will support our expansion and further development of advanced filament-based materials as we meet growing demand for our consumer printers,” said Avi Reichental, President and CEO, 3DS. “The Barberton facility doubles our footprint for filament-based materials manufacturing in the local area and reinforces our commitment to sustainable, local manufacturing.”
“We’re extremely pleased that 3D Systems selected the City of Barberton as its new home for this manufacturing site,” said Mayor William Judge, City of Barberton, Ohio. “It demonstrates a strong commitment to local manufacturing and creating jobs in our community.”
3D Systems is pioneering 3D printing for everyone. 3DS provides the most advanced and comprehensive 3D design-to-manufacturing solutions including 3D printers, print materials and cloud sourced custom parts. Its powerful digital thread empowers professionals and consumers everywhere to bring their ideas to life in material choices including plastics, metals, ceramics and edibles. 3DS’ leading healthcare solutions include integrated 3D planning and printing for personalized surgery and patient specific medical and dental devices. Its democratized 3D design and inspection products embody the latest perceptual, capture and touch technology. Its products and services replace and complement traditional methods with improved results and reduced time to outcomes. These solutions are used to rapidly design, create, communicate, plan, guide, prototype or produce functional parts, devices and assemblies, empowering customers to manufacture the future.
Leadership Through Innovation and Technology
•3DS invented 3D printing with its Stereolithography (SLA) printer and was the first to commercialize it in 1989.
•3DS invented Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) printing and was the first to commercialize it in 1992.
•3DS invented the Color-Jet-Printing (CJP) class of 3D printers and was the first to commercialize 3D powder-based systems in 1994.
•3DS invented Multi-Jet-Printing (MJP) printers and was the first to commercialize it in 1996.
•3DS Medical Modeling pioneered virtual surgical planning (VSP) and its services are world-leading, helping many thousands of patients on an annual basis.
Today its comprehensive range of 3D printers is the industry’s benchmark for production-grade manufacturing in aerospace, automotive, patient specific medical device and a variety of consumer, electronic and fashion accessories.