There were bound to be some casualties in the 3D printing industry due to the economic challenges posed by COVID-19. We are sad to report today that one of the companies closing its doors is Brooklyn’s Voodoo Manufacturing. The company, which was founded in 2015, has made the decision to shutter its 3D printing service permanently.
Based in one of the first hard-hit cities in the United States, Voodoo Manufacturing responded quickly to COVID-19, leveraging its two 3D printing factories to produce protective face shields and nasal swabs. With two sites equipped with over 200 3D printers, the company was able to produce high volumes of PPE, which was rapidly dispatched to those in need. At one point, the company was producing up to 2,500 face shields a week and 50,000 nasal swabs per week. According to Voodoo Manufacturing, it was operating at the lowest possible margin to cover basic production costs, staff salaries and base operations.
Sadly, the company has not made it through this challenging time, succumbing to the precarious economy we are now in.
The company has released the following statement:
COVID-19 was challenging for everyone, but we tried to continue going. We repurposed our factory to make PPE in order to help fight the pandemic and through donations and individual purchases, we were able to distribute more than 15,000 protective face shields across the U.S. Unfortunately, without a clear end to the current health crisis, Voodoo Manufacturing couldn’t make it to the other side.
Voodoo Manufacturing was founded with the mission of giving the power of manufacturing to everyone on Earth. Our mission was rooted in the idea that you shouldn’t need to spend all the money you have or bury yourself in debt to launch a product and test it in the market. Voodoo Manufacturing allowed small and large businesses alike to share new ideas and products with the world, we also helped artists realize projects that would not have been possible without 3D printing digital manufacturing, and we enabled activists to promote change using our technology.
The entire Voodoo Manufacturing family wishes you the best and we proudly thank you for being part of this 5-year journey. We loved every minute of it and we hope our 3D Printing, Design, and Fulfillment services helped you achieve your personal goals and pushed the boundaries of your creativity.