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MakerBot Nearly Halves Brooklyn Manufacturing Facility

by • April 6, 2016 • No Comments

  • Brooklyn-based MakerBot once represented the shining face of the 3D printing industry to the grander public, but that image has slowly been evaporating as numerous controversies take their toll on the computer desktop developer. As a outcome, the Stratasys subsidiary reduced its headcount by roughly 40% after two rounds of layoffs. Now, Crain’s reports that the firm has in addition cut the amount of space that it is leasing for its Industry City making center.

    The amount of space being rented out of the facility has been cut of its top point of 225,000 to just 135,000 square feet, an overall 40% reduction. There are, so far, no plans to shrink the space of their 37,000-square-foot headquarters, yet, in MetroTech, according to Crain’s. A spokesperson relayed to the business publication, “We are continuing to evaluate options to optimize our operations and save costs at our Industry City location to advantageous assist our customers.”

    As the company withdrew of the Industry City location, MakerBot had to pay a cancellation fee to its landlord. Andrew Kimball, the CEO of Industry City created a statement to Crain’s that read, “Despite the new uptick in making, MakerBot’s decision yet again points out how complex it is for companies competing in the global marketplace to grow their making presence here in New York City. Real estate is just one of a number of facts these firms consider, and why we are willing to be aggressive in helping them grow here.”

    Much of the drop in production seen by MakerBot, I may venture, is due to the 5th Generation Replicator debacle, in that their machines were rushed to market with faulty Smart Extruders, now a piece of evidence in a class action lawsuit against Stratasys by investors. Recent attempts to rectify the Smart Extruder situation with a new Smart Extruder+ may have come too late. Coupled with the overall deflation of the 3D printing hype bubble, there appears to be less of a demand for their products, outcomeing in layoffs and now less space devoted to making their machines.

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