3D Hubs, an Amsterdam-based manufacturing services network, recently announced its plans to open a new North American headquarters in Chicago. The office, to be located in mHUB, is expected to open in June. By the end of the year, 3D Hubs plans to double its team in Chicago.
3D Hubs was founded in 2013 as a manufacturing network aimed primarily at peer-to-peer 3D printing. Last September, however, the company made a definitive move by refocusing on the professional market with its automated manufacturing platform. The company now serves over 20,000 businesses from a range of industries, including aerospace, aviation, energy, healthcare and robotics.
For these users, the premise of 3D Hubs’ service is simple. Clients simply upload a CAD file and will receive instant price quotes and lead times. Parts are then manufactured through 3D Hubs’ network of 250 trusted 3D printing, CNC machining and injection molding suppliers. To date, the company has delivered over two million custom, high-precision parts.
As a hub for manufacturing in the U.S., Chicago was a strategic choice for 3D Hubs’ new North American headquarters.
“3D Hubs joins the long list of international companies choosing Chicago for their future,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who announced the new HQ last week. “With our growing tech economy and strong digital manufacturing community, Chicago is the perfect home for this innovative company. I look forward to seeing 3D Hubs success in Chicago in the years to come.”
Bram de Zwart, CEO and Co-Founder of 3D Hubs, added: “Chicago has long been a central hub of American manufacturing and continues to lead the way in innovation. During our visit, we were impressed by the number of initiatives focused on advanced manufacturing automation. This hard-working, forward-looking city is the perfect place for 3D Hubs to grow our on-demand manufacturing platform. We’re excited to be a part of this supportive community and look forward to facilitating the growth of Chicago-based businesses as we work together to accelerate the future of manufacturing.”
The new HQ will be based at mHUB’s 63,000 square-foot innovation center in Chicago’s West Town neighbourhood. mHUB is the largest and fastest growing physical production innovation center in the U.S. and its mission is to drive industry growth by fostering a collaborative community for innovators, entrepreneurs and manufacturers. Since its founding in 2016, mHUB’s member companies have generated over $48.5 million in revenue, raised more than $100 million in funding and have launched over 640 products.
“The manufacturing industry in this region is fiercely dedicated to innovation, which is why Chicago is leading the charge in the next industrial revolution,” said Haven Allen, CEO and co-founder of mHUB. “3D Hubs is a dynamic addition to this ecosystem and we are looking forward to supporting their growth.”
“3D Hubs’ decision to locate their North American headquarters in Chicago speaks to the city’s status as a global tech hub and a leader in manufacturing,” added Andrea Zopp, president and CEO of World Business Chicago. “Our thriving tech ecosystem continues to attract top companies and talent from around the world.”