Aug 18, 2016 | By Benedict

Brooklyn-based 3D printer manufacturer gCreate, maker of the gMax series of 3D printers, has relocated its headquarters to premises three times larger than its previous Industry City space. The company had been at Industry City since 2014.

Industry City, the gigantic Brooklyn-based innovation space, has played no small part in the history of New York 3D printing over the last few years, but has just lost one its most beloved additive manufacturing residents. No, not MakerBot, although that company has operated at the facility since 2013, downsizing earlier this year in preparation for its gradual transition to Chinese production facilities. The company we had in mind was gCreate, manufacturer of the gMax line of printers, which becomes the latest 3D printer manufacturer to fly the Industry City coop as it relocates to new premises in Bushwick, a tech hub in North Brooklyn.

With gCreate on track to break 300% year-on-year revenue from 2015 to 2016, its expansion to a three-times-larger facility in Bushwick makes total sense. The company manufactures, assembles, tests, and ships all of its gMax 3D printers in-house, and the larger space will facilitate increased efficiency, a strategic hiring initiative, and an additional focus on production and R&D. It will also enable the company to expand its selective large-format printing services.

The new gCreate headquarters were designed by architect and gCreate co-founder Gordon LaPlante, who endeavored to create a space that was unmistakably Brooklyn while also incorporating the heart and soul of gCreate into the building’s aesthetic. The industrial-style space makes use of wood and metal, and surrounds a custom-designed “print farm” consisting of more than 58,000 cubic inches of printer volume.

Following the departure of MarkerBot and the closure of Solidoodle, gCreate says it is determined to keep the heartbeat of the Brooklyn 3D printing scene beating. "To be able to expand our operations and remain in Brooklyn is a huge win for us,” said gCreate co-founder Anna Lee. “We are proud to be a NYC-based company that is creating manufacturing jobs locally and also supporting many US suppliers in areas such as Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Upstate New York.”

Funded by a 2013 Kickstarter campaign, the large-format gMax 3D Printer remains gCreate’s flagship product. The FDM 3D printer enables users to print huge objects—tables, chairs, even a “life-sized” Pikachu model—at an affordable price.

Technical specs for gMax 1.5+ 3D printer (2016)

  • Dimensions: 28.5”W x 24”D x 21.5”H
  • Print volume (1.5+): 16" x 16" x 12"  (3,072 in³)
  • Print volume (1.5 XT+): 16" x 16" x 21"  (5,376 in³)
  • Resolution: 80 microns to 400 microns
  • Standard bed: 1/4" sanded acrylic
  • Optional bed: Heated aluminum or glass bed with custom Buildtak surface
  • Nozzle: 0.5mm J-Head Mk V-BV (by Reifsnyder Precision Works)
  • Connection: USB, SD, internet
  • Electronics: RAMPS v1.4 with Marlin firmware
  • Motors: High Quality NEMA 17  1.68 amp, 1.8 step angle, 1/16 micro stepping

 

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g wrote at 8/22/2016 3:54:15 PM:

Only if people continue to support the terrible rip-off products flooding out of China. Not every company goes that route...

Jack wrote at 8/22/2016 12:54:27 AM:

gCreate new shop looks real nice. Congrats!!!!

Brooklyner wrote at 8/21/2016 8:25:15 PM:

Interesting, same building as Voodoo. Bushwick is the new printing haven!

eccenture wrote at 8/18/2016 11:47:57 PM:

These guys will go the Shillbot way to Shenzen with their tail between their legs in six months' time. Proudly made in the US of A - until the financial realities kick in, that is.



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