Makerbot has just opened a new factory in Brooklyn US, to double its production capabilities and help expand its range of 3D printers for the consumer market.
Makerbot was founded back in 2009 and is now part of the Stratasys company. But more recently Makerbot has been struggling with a few issues laying off 20 percent of their workforce back in April and this month being accused by an anonymous employee of knowingly shipping 3D printers with faulty extruders.
Johan Broer, PR Manager for MakerBot explains :
The opening of the new factory reinforces MakerBot’s commitment to manufacturing in Brooklyn and is an important step in preparing the company for growth in the 3D printing market.
The new facility measures 170,000 square feet, which doubles production capacity compared to MakerBot’s previous Industry City factory. A new layout streamlines the production process to help MakerBot advance its lean manufacturing methods and dedicate an even larger space to product testing.
Brooklyn has defined what MakerBot is today and I couldn’t think of a better place for our new factory. The new MakerBot factory is a state-of-the-art facility with a focus on lean manufacturing and efficiency, making it one of the most advanced factories in New York City and in the global 3D printing industry. Close proximity to our R&D teams and corporate headquarters is a huge advantage as it allows us to adapt quickly to changes in the growing market of 3D printing.
Visit the official website for more details on the opening of the new factory.