3D Systems is a leading provider of 3D printing centric design-to-manufacturing solutions including 3D printers, print materials and cloud sourced on-demand custom parts for professionals and consumers alike in materials including plastics, metals, ceramics and edibles.
They’ve just announced that they have signed a lease on a new 200,000 square foot facility in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The move enables its manufacturing and distribution capacity to meet growing demand for its 3D printers and materials. As part of its previously announced expansion plans the new manufacturing and distribution center is expected to generate hundreds of new jobs over time.
Just recently, 3DS opened its Rock Hill 3D innovation and learning center, designed to showcase the growing impact of its pioneering advanced manufacturing technology in key applications, such as aerospace, automotive, medical, education and the 3D-printed lifestyle. This interactive center showcases 3DS’ entire range of products, tools and solutions and the endless possibilities that they create for customers, resellers and partners around the world.
The addition of the new manufacturing and distribution center helps 3DS to consolidate and strengthen all existing Rock Hill based manufacturing and distribution operations in support of the company’s rapidly expanding range of 3D printers and materials. The company plans to continue its growth with the planned expanding of its R&D and engineering operations using freed-up space in its current headquarters building. The company expects its new facility to be fully operational during the first quarter of 2015.
“Our continued Rock Hill expansion underscores our commitment to localized manufacturing, demonstrating through our actions that what is designed locally can be built locally,” said Avi Reichental, President and CEO, 3DS. “This investment is in direct response to the growing demand for our professional printers.”
So what does this all mean for the Inventor community? Good, nothing but good. Soon it will be cost effective, and readily available for almost anyone to create sound prototypes. Amazing!