Aug. 14, 2014

US-based 3D printing company 3D Systems 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. 3D Systems acquired Norton, Ohio based Village Plastics Co., a manufacturer of filament-based ABS, PLA and HIPS 3D printing materials in December 2013 to extends filament materials know-how and manufacturing capacity.

The acquisition allows 3D Systems to integrate Village Plastics' materials and manufacturing technologies to accelerate its development of filament-based materials for its growing Cube and CubeX 3D printers.

Two new materials recently developed by the 3DS team will be manufactured in Barberton facility. The first filament is made in part from post-consumer recycled PET (rPET) for the EKOCYCLE Cube. The other is an engineering-grade nylon filament designed for the new CubePro 3D printer.

"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."

Earlier this week, 3D Systems announced that it has signed a lease on a new 200,000 square foot facility in Rock Hill, South Carolina to increasing its manufacturing and distribution capacity to meet growing demand for its 3D printers and materials. The addition of this new manufacturing and distribution center is expected to generate hundreds of new jobs over time.

3DS recently also opened its Rock Hill 3D innovation and learning center, designed to showcase 3DS' entire range of products, tools and solutions and the growing impact of its technology in aerospace, automotive, medical, education and the 3D-printed lifestyle.

The company expects its new facility to be fully operational during the first quarter of 2015.


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Adam wrote at 8/19/2014 4:33:23 AM:

too bad the cube printer is notoriously famous for being a terrible all around printer made by big business to scam dumb consumers out of there money, anything from this lot won't interest the well informed 3ders crowd who know what a good printer is

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