Solidoodle are shipping their latest 3D printer, the Solidoodle 3, out to customers from their factory in Brooklyn, New York. Since the factory was set up in September 2011 they have shipped out over 4000 units of their version 1 and 2 machines.
Although they have grown from 4 employees at the start to over 60 workers today you might think that they operate out of a huge facility. But no, the actual manufacturing space only consists of a rack of 23 3D printers that create parts for their Solidoodle 2 and latest version 3 machines.
They are controlled by a single computer and have been churning out parts continually for a year, parts which are put together by assembly staff into fully working Solidoodle printers.The machines are made to order and currently there is a four to six week wait if you were to order one today. For more factory photos check out TechHive.
In other Solidoodle news, the company announced that they are opening several 3D printing stores in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus. These stores will print “lifestyle” items in an “upscale fashion shopping experience”. Also, they announced plans to sell a new “yet-to-be-announced” 3D printer model through retail locations in Brazil, Canada, Korea and Japan.