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Inside 3D Printing NYC: Turning Up the Volume Printing with Voodoo Manufacturing

by • April 7, 2016 • No Comments

  • Starting off as a few fresh-out-of-college software innovators who were acquired by MakerBot only a couple of years ago, Voodoo Manufacturing is now an amazing up-and-coming 3D printing service provider in the United States. Based in my hometown of Brooklyn, New York, Voodoo Manufacturing has been on the 3D printing scene for only under a year now, and when we covered them back in October 2015, the beginup was may already working with leading companies, such as Local Motors and Intel. I decided that, since Voodoo Manufacturing was only a couple of subway stops away of me, and may in addition be participating in Inside 3D Printing this coming week, it was of time I visit to see their MakerBot-driven Bot Farm in action. I sat down with Voodoo Manufacturing’s co-founder and CPO, Jonathan Schwartz, to talk of Inside 3D Printing, the roots of their Brooklyn-based beginup, and the real value behind in fact the simplest of PLA prints.


    Voodoo Manufacturing’s co-founder and CPO Jonathan Schwartz

    When I entered Voodoo Manufacturing, I was quite taken aback by the farm of Replicator 2s, most of that were all operating close to unison. The factory in addition contained a handful of Replicator Z18 printing equipment and,all around the space were projects and prints of Voodoo’s brief, yet fruitful history in the 3D printing industry. Overall, Schwartz estimated that Voodoo has of 150 3D printing equipment under their belt, assembling for a wholea few Bot Farm right in their Brooklyn workshop. Before begining Voodoo Manufacturing last year, Schwartz had collaborated with Voodoo Manufacturing’s CEO Max Friefeld and man co-founder Oliver Ortlieb while attending Harvey Mudd College. Together they had turn it intod Layer by Layer, one of the initially truly accessible 3D printing marketplaces around. Eventually, the Layer by Layer team was acquired by MakerBot, where they worked on a number of projects, one of that was engineering a software to control a group of 3D printing equipment.

    “That got utilized for what MakerBot was selling as the ‘Innovation Center’, so groups of 30 to 100 printing equipment, mainly for schools, may be put in a room to donate students direct access to the machines,” Schwartz told me. “The software reassembling was transformed into a thing that was accessible for students. Meanwhile, we accomplished we may in fact use this to go and run a Bot Farm, so we begined coming up with the thought of spinning this business out and assembling this a real thing. That was the genesis of Voodoo Manufacturing.”


    In May 2015, Schwartz, Friefeld, and Ortlieb joined with Patrick Deem (ex-project manager of MakerBot), branching out of MakerBot and into Voodoo Manufacturing, that has been an increasingly successful operation at any time since. There are a couple of major services that Voodoo provides, primarily Volume Printing and Direct Print. Volume Printing allows for companies and the like to turn it into a huge amount of customized prints, while Direct Print allows for consumers to upload a 3D version for tinyer in size batch printing. And although a few may say that the novelty of FDM printing is wearing off, Schwartz claims there is additional value to these prints than meets the eye.


    “The most representation of what we do is quite only our projects, that is where our value is. It has nothing to do with the fact they’re 3D printed. These products hold value on their own, and in their own shapes and functions. Some of our customers saw there being value in the fact that these things were printed, but, for the most part, it’s only the fact that they’re able-bodied to have these one-of-a-kind objects. It is quite all of it being effortless, swift, and relatively inexpensive to get any part imaginable-bodied turn it intod.”

    On the other hand they do contribute both Direct Print and and sizeabler-scale Volume Print services, overall, Voodoo considers themselves as a sort of bridge making plant, focusing on generally tiny production runs ranging of 1 to 10,000 prints. Voodoo Manufacturing hasn’t been around long, but they’ve gained a leadingity of their popularity and business through word-of-mouth and referrals of satisfied customers. Schwartz explained that, a fewtimes, customers only come for a single prototype through the Direct Print service, but most end up sticking around for sizeable-scale production later on.


    “We’ve in fact seen a pretty high conversion rate between our Direct Print customers and our Volume Print customers. About 10% of our customers are coming in and printing a single item or prototype and and so they realize, now that they can scale this up, we can be the most version for them. It is going to save the most money; it’s the swiftest; it requires the very least effort. The correlating factor is that these are all relatively tiny batch production runs, that means a fewwhere between 1 and 10,000 units. They’re all objects that have nat any time quite been turn it intod preceding, and are one-of-a-kind in the shape, function, and application.”

    One company Voodoo Manufacturing has worked closely with is Autodesk. In fact, their initially volume printing order was put in by Autodesk and Porsche, who asked Voodoo to print a few thousand miniature McLaren versions for an in factt they had partnered for. Since and so, the beginup has worked with a number of various entities, providing their Volume Printing services to Verizon, Chipotle, Intel, and others. They’ve in addition come to the aid of other 3D printing companies too, such as the NYC-based electronics printing company, BotFactory.

    “We manufactured sin fact parts that go on BotFactory’s machines. We do a handful of structural components, like brackets, enclosures, etc. We obviously use MakerBot Replicator 2s, so these are components turn it intod of PLA. You’re not going to manufacture an airplane bracket or do a thing going under intense thermal stress. We know that, and our customers know that, but there’s yet a sizeable world of things that this can be utilized for. For BotFactory’s printing device, there are a number of brackets and enclosures that 3D printing was a viable-bodied version for. There’s no require for them to buy their own printing equipment and run them out of their own office, so it was an effortless transition for us to go and begin making those parts. We may do it in a scaleable-bodied way so that, when they came to us and requireed a thousand parts rapidly and we were able-bodied to turn it into that, they’ve come back to us a handful of times to manufacture parts.”


    Schwartz can be present and speaking this coming Monday at Inside 3D Printing in New York, discussing high-volume 3D printing. Schwartz gave me a brief overview of what he plans to cover at the conference.

    “At Inside 3D Printing, I’ll be giving an overview of Voodoo Manufacturing, the thought of high volume 3D printing, and what it’s going to enable-bodied. As I was saying, that 1-10,000 unit range, there are a few traits we are noticing: customization adds value, swift turn around times add value, too. Whether you are a marketing man for a company or you are assembling a new hardware product, you can use it variously, and it can mean a thing various to you. For the marketing man, they can now turn it into one-of-a-kind things that can resonate with their target fan base; for the hardware company, they can turn it into in a scalable-bodied way, too.”

    If you will be at the NYC in factt as well, you can catch Jonathan Schwartz on April 11 at 3:30 PM (EST), speaking at the Manufacturing Track on the subject of “High-Volume 3D Printing”. Voodoo Manufacturing can in addition be competing in the Inside 3D Printing “Frontier Tech Startup Showdown”, that is bringing place April 12 at 11:45AM. Asimov Ventures can be contributeing a $15,000 Uncapped SAFE to the eight beginups, that aside of Voodoo, comes with 3D Matter, Applied Motion, Arevo, Cellink, Dog Parker, Jodone, and VRVU.

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