3D printing factory

By TJ McCue via forbes.com   Article

A Glimpse Into The Future of American Manufacturing

“In 2014, Aleph Objects’ revenue was $4.6 million, and as of the end of April they are on track to surpass their 2014 sales, a company spokesperson shared with me. The company operates a cluster of 144 LulzBot 3D printers that run 24 hours a day, five days week, creating parts for their own printers. This week the company hit 500,000 parts produced in their own 3D printing factory. The milestone part was an x-end motor mount for the company’s award-winning LulzBot Mini desktop 3D printer.

This is a significant milestone in another way as well – the media frequently talks about how traditional manufacturing is going to disappear, but very rarely has examples of companies producing, at scale, via 3D printers. There are examples out there and I’ll share more of them in the coming months. But Aleph has proven they can base a major portion of their manufacturing process on their own printers. That means they can easily scale production to meet customer demand.”

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