Growth in 3-D printing has led MakerBot, a a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd., to expand production. The new facility in Industry City, located in Brookly, N.Y, measures 170,000 square feet, which doubles production capacity compared to the company’s previous factory at that location.
“Since MakerBot was founded in 2009, we have been leading the desktop 3-D printing revolution from Brooklyn and this has spearheaded a renaissance of manufacturing here,” MakerBot CEO Jonathan Jaglom said. “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,” Jaglom added. “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 3-D printing.”
It was only six years ago that MakerBot started the desktop 3-D printing revolution on Dean Street in Brooklyn. Since then, the company has grown significantly at three locations in Brooklyn and across three continents. MakerBot’s rapid growth led to several factory expansions, resulting in a suboptimal manufacturing space. The MakerBot factory employs 140 staff, including production, shipping, receiving, manufacturing engineering, quality engineering, supply chain and planning.
“We are witnessing the growth and evolution of 3-D printing technology in our borough, a rapidly growing industry with infinite potential,” Brooklyn Borough president Eric Adams said. “MakerBot is bound to thrive in their new expanded factory at Industry City, innovating solutions to everyday real-world challenges in the marketplace while inspiring new opportunities for economic and technological development. I thank MakerBot and their development team for calling Brooklyn, the new Silicon Valley, their home.”