Rapid Shape, a German manufacturer of modern, technologically advanced 3D printers, has opened its North American headquarters at NC State University, in Raleigh.
“With the opening of Rapid Shape Inc. in the USA, we are creating the best conditions to continue Rapid Shape’s growth in the North American market. We place great value on personal consultation, fast and excellent service, and short delivery routes. With our local sales, logistics, and support activities, we can now better serve the US and Canadian markets,” said Andreas Schultheiss, founder, and CEO.
Rapid Shape was founded in 2011 and has been active in the dental, jewelry, hearing aid, and industrial markets for many years. The company also benefits from the experience and good cooperation with numerous partners such as Straumann US, Würth Additive Group, Opulent, Henkel, Keystone, and other local US and Canadian partners.
Rapid Shape chose the Centennial Campus of NC State University, in Raleigh, as its North American headquarters because of the proximity to student and faculty talent, which includes research and development. The company is working with NC State’s Center for Additive Manufacturing and Logistics (CAMAL) and its director, Ola Harrysson, to drive innovation in the 3D printing industry.
“NC State provides access to top talent within walking distance of our new office. The resources and infrastructure available in CAMAL will support Rapid Shape’s growth in the North American market,” said Andreas Schultheiss.
The company has provided equipment for university education and training, and interdisciplinary teams are gaining hands-on experience using the 3D printers and materials in numerous projects.
“We are proud to welcome Rapid Shape to the innovative community of public and private partners who call our Centennial Campus home,” said Randy Woodson, Chancellor of NC State University. “Together, we will develop new technologies and prepare the future additive manufacturing workforce.”
Rapid Shape has already tapped into the university’s talent pool – hiring several motivated and highly skilled engineering graduates to join the team as 3D printing application engineers. The company is currently working with the College of Engineering to develop an internship program to meet more graduates. Through this program, students will have the opportunity to gain early insight into advanced technologies and future product design.