3D Systems announces expansion plans at South Carolina HQ
February 4, 2021
3D Systems has revealed expansion plans for its Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA, headquarters, adding some 9,300 m2 to its existing campus and enabling the company to consolidate materials manufacturing, quality and logistics operations with new and expanded materials development laboratories. The additional capacity is expected to improve operational efficiencies, accelerate solution development and reduce time to market.
The company will also expand its customer collaboration and training facilities and its Advanced Manufacturing capabilities for both metal and polymer components. These capabilities are said to be critical to accelerating the move from proof-of-concept to industrial production. The additional customer collaboration space will provide an enhanced environment for 3D Systems’ application engineers to help customers address their unique market needs.
Advanced materials enable the design and manufacture of parts for a variety of applications including medical implants, orthodontics, aerospace, motorsports and appliances. The company’s materials innovation is driven by the desire to meet new application challenges presented by its customers, and as part of the expansion, investment is planned in new laboratories to foster this activity.
“While 3D Systems is a global company, our headquarters in South Carolina has been its centre for many years,” stated Dr Jeffrey Graves, president and CEO, 3D Systems. “This expansion of our Rock Hill campus allows us to bring together key elements of the business to gain efficiencies, and to accelerate innovation and customer adoption of Additive Manufacturing on an industrial scale.
“Through our restructuring and investment activities, we will bring new jobs to the area over the next five years which will contribute to the economic development of Rock Hill and South Carolina,” Graves continued. The combination of state-of-the-art facilities; renowned hardware, materials, and software and our leadership in application knowledge will be a catalyst for us to take our innovation to new heights – providing Additive Manufacturing solutions for specific, high-value applications in growing markets.”
The activity is part of the company’s restructuring and organisation plans announced last year and it is expected the expansion will be completed in early 2022.