Metal 3D printing company 3DEO, Inc. has reported significant growth in 2018 and foresees greater growth in 2019. In fact, the California-based company plans to double its production capacity by the end of Q1 2019.
Founded just over two years ago, 3DEO quickly ascended within the metal AM industry as a leading force in serial production. The company developed a patented Intelligent Layering Technology which has enabled it to attain mass-scale manufacturing using metal 3D printing—to a higher degree than most others.
The process, a sort of binder jetting and milling hybrid technology, is well suited for producing large quantities of small, complex parts. Access to the platform is available exclusively through 3DEO, as the company leverages its own expertise in the technology to deliver orders to clients in a range of industries, including aerospace, defense, consumer and industrial equipment.
In 2018, for instance, the company 3D printed over 30,000 paid parts for customers. This year, the company has already secured two customer production orders for 24,000 and 28,000 pieces—both orders are to be delivered before the end of the year. To fulfill its growing orders and part numbers, 3DEO is scaling up its production capacity. This quarter alone it aims to double its production capacity.
“We are very proud of what we accomplished in 2018 working hand-in-hand with end-use customers,” said Matt Petros, CEO and Co-Founder of 3DEO, Inc. “We are also very excited for what’s to come in 2019. By many key manufacturing and customer metrics, 3DEO’s technology is setting the standard for serial production metal 3D printing.”
“3DEO’s production metal 3D printing technology is proving itself to be highly scalable and robust,” added Marty McGough, COO and Head of Quality at 3DEO. “In order to be successful with serial production, part-to-part and machine-to-machine repeatability is paramount. In many ways, 3DEO’s technology is uniquely capable in the industry of metal additive manufacturing.”
In an interview with Lance Kallman last August, the 3DEO VP explained that increasing production capacity of its facility can be done pretty much on the fly, as the lead time for new Intelligent Layering systems is only six weeks. “We have the infrastructure right now to have up to 50 machines running in our 13,000 square foot facility,” he told us.
“By all measures, 3DEO is rapidly expanding to fill a large void in the market of small complex metal parts,” Petros concluded. “Customers are validating our technology across a variety of industries and we are either in production or quickly moving to production with many clients. Additive manufacturing is finally competing directly with traditional manufacturing, enabling significant volumes to shift over to AM. It is a very exciting time for 3DEO, metal additive manufacturing and our customers.”