MakerBot has opened a new and larger factory at Industry City in Brooklyn, New York.
Measuring 170,000 square feet, the new facility doubles production capacity compared to their previous factory located in the same area. The new layout streamlines the production process to help MakerBot advance its lean manufacturing methods and dedicate an even larger space to product testing.
The official inauguration taking place yesterday morning was attended by MakerBot CEO Jonathan Jaglom, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and other guests from the educational sector.
Jonathan Jaglom: “Since MakerBot was founded in 2009, we have been leading the desktop 3D printing revolution from Brooklyn and this has spearheaded a renaissance of manufacturing here. 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.”
The new factory employs 140 staff, including production, shipping, receiving, manufacturing engineering, quality engineering, supply chain and planning. It includes more space for product testing as part of MakerBot’s effort to create the industry’s largest Quality Assurance operation.
Lately, the company has made headlines with a lawsuit being filed against their parent company Stratasys as well as their own management staff. According to a 124-page long document filed by the law firm, Stratasys sold MakerBot 5th Generation Replicator 3D printers with the knowledge of their extruders being faulty.