Makerbot held the grand opening of its new factory in the industrial neighborhood of Sunset Park Brooklyn Friday. The company, which produces desktop 3D printers, moved from its other Brooklyn location in order to increase production and hiring. See the new digs yourself in the slideshow below.
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Makerbot christened its new Brooklyn factory Friday, located in the industrially zoned neighborhood of Sunset Park.
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Makerbot way sign
The new space is 50,000 square feet. Referencing the old space, Makerbot founder Bre Pettis said, "We fit 50,000 square feet of stuff into 5,000 square feet."
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Makerbot houses everything from sub-assembly to final inspections on one floor. Shipments leave from the floor below.
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Though Makerbot won't disclose the number of 3D printers it produces or how long it takes to produce them, they did say that they're growing and can't keep up with demand.
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Makerbot "I can make anything"
One of the reasons Makerbot founder Bre Pettis gave for continuing production in Brooklyn, as opposed to overseas, was the ability to draw on good labor in Brooklyn, which he called "just the best place in the world."
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A worker "tinkers" in the sub-assembly portion of the factory.
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Makerbot Replicator 2
The newest model, the Replicator 2X, costs $2,800 and, according to Pettis, is easier to assemble than earlier models.
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Workers produce desktop printers that can create small plastic prototypes.
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Makerbot founder Bre Pettis
Makerbot founder Bre Pettis considers 3D printing "the beginning of the next industrial revolution."
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Currently 140 people work at the Makerbot facilities. They hope to bring that number to 250 this year.
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Pettis calls the new location "a factory that makes small factories." All of the work is done by hand.
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Makerbot with Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot and founder Bre Pettis
New York Cities Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot spoke at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, where she called 3D printing "the future of manufacturing and the future of New York City."
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Rows of Makerbot 3D printers are boxed and await shipment.