3D Systems, a global 3D products and services provider, will invest $2.9 million to expand its Lawrenceburg, TN operations and create more than 50 new jobs in the region over the next five years. The company plans to add 25,000 square feet to its current facility.
“We are delighted to bring more business to the region and increase our fulfillment capabilities for an existing and widening customer base,” said Ziad Abou, senior vice president, on demand parts, 3D Systems. “We look forward to expanding the reach of our expertise in Lawrenceburg, and to growing the advanced manufacturing and prototyping potential within Tennessee and beyond.”
3D Systems’ Lawrenceburg facility is a rapid prototyping and low volume production manufacturing facility specializing in Stereolithography (SLA), ColorJet printing (CJP), cast urethane parts and custom CNC machining. Stereolithography, the first 3D printing process, was invented by Chuck Hull, co-founder and chief technology officer of 3D Systems, in 1983. This technology uses a photopolymer resin and UV lasers to build objects layer-by-layer, and was quickly adopted by the automotive industry and other manufacturers as a means to accelerate the prototyping process. SLA remains the gold standard for accuracy and surface finish in prototyping today.
The Lawrenceburg office is part of the company’s on demand parts manufacturing service, Quickparts, providing advanced prototyping and manufacturing solutions through cloud-based fulfillment. The expansion will increase 3D Systems’ operational capacity in Lawrenceburg as well as grow the company’s footprint in the region.
“Some of the most sophisticated manufacturing facilities in the world are located in Tennessee and because of our strides in education and workforce alignment, we can ensure that companies are supplied with a steady pipeline of skilled workers to fulfill their needs,” said Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd. “We thank 3D Systems for expanding in Lawrenceburg and adding to our growing manufacturing workforce that employs more than 333,000 members of Team Tennessee. I look forward to building upon our partnership in the future.”
“We are delighted that 3D Systems has chosen Lawrence County to expand their manufacturing capabilities,” said Lawrence County Mayor T.R. Williams. “Since their days as Accu-Cast Technologies and through their acquisition by 3D Systems, the company has been providing solid employment opportunities for our citizens. We are also fortunate to have had continued good teamwork with TNECD, the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce and the South Central Tennessee Development District who all worked seamlessly together to lead this project to fruition.”
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