3D Systems Expands Manufacturing Operations In South Carolina

3D Systems Expands Manufacturing Operations In South Carolina

Nov. 5, 2013
The increased demand is from 'strong materials sales, increased advanced manufacturing activities and meaningful consumer products revenue,' CEO says.

3D Systems announced last week that it is investing $10 million to expand its Rock Hill, SC, manufacturing operations generating 145 new jobs.

The company provides 3D content-to-print solutions including 3D printers, print materials and on-demand custom parts services for both the professional and consumers markets with materials ranging from thermoplastics, metals, ceramics and edible sugar.

"To accommodate unprecedented demand for our products, we are expanding our manufacturing operations in the Charlotte region.," said Avi Reichental, CEO of 3D Systems Corp.

The increase demand was from “stronger materials sales, increased advanced manufacturing activities and meaningful consumer products revenue,” according to Reichental, and resulted in third quarter revenue growing 50% from the prior year to a record $135.7 million.

And the growth will continue. “Additive manufacturing has the potential to completely redefine manufacturing in certain areas,” said Jim Williams, vice president of Aerospace & Defense at 3D Systems in an article entitled “Why You Need an Additive Manufacturing Strategy.”

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Bio: Adrienne Selko has written about many topics over the 17 years she has been with the publication and currently focuses on workforce development strategies. Previously Adrienne was in corporate communications at a medical manufacturing company as well as a large regional bank. She is the author of Do I Have to Wear Garlic Around My Neck? which made the Cleveland Plain Dealer's best sellers list. She is also a senior editor at Material Handling & Logistics and EHS Today

Editorial mission statement: Manufacturing is the enviable position of creating products, processes and policies that solve the world’s problems. When the industry stepped up to manufacture what was necessary to combat the pandemic, it revealed its true nature. My goal is to showcase the sector’s ability to address a broad range of workforce issues including technology, training, diversity & inclusion, with a goal of enticing future generations to join this amazing sector.

Why I find manufacturing interesting: On my first day working for a company that made medical equipment such as MRIs, I toured the plant floor. On every wall was a photo of a person, mostly children. I asked my supervisor why this was the case and he said that the work we do at this company has saved these people’s lives. “We never forget how important our work is and everyone’s contribution to that.” From that moment on I was hooked on manufacturing.

I have talked with many people in this field who have transformed their own career development to assist others. For example, companies are hiring those with disabilities, those previously incarcerated and other talent pools that have been underutilized. I have talked with leaders who have brought out the best in their workforce, as well as employees doing their best work while doing good for the world. 

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