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Local 3D-Printing Manufacturer Relocating to 300% Larger Space


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A local supplier of 3D printing materials plans to relocate its headquarters to a different North Texas facility with quadruple the manufacturing space.

Adaptive3D is a Plano-based company that specializes in solutions for additive manufacturing, the process of creating an object by printing it one layer at a time. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Desktop Metal Inc., a Massachusetts-based 3D-printing technology firm and leader in the field of additive manufacturing.

Adaptive3D said it would soon relocate its corporate headquarters to a new 20,000-square-foot facility in Richardson, according to a Tuesday press release. The facility is located at 1122 Alma Rd. in the Richardson Innovation Quarter (RIQ), a 1,200-acre innovation district.

The manufacturer plans to use the extra space to boost production of its DuraChain 3D-printable resins. DuruChain products include FreeFoam, used for producing foam parts; Elastic ToughRubber (ETR), used for seals, impact parts, and athletic apparel; and Soft ToughRubber (STR), used in wearable accessories such as audio earpieces and shoe-sole inserts.

“This new facility gives our team the capacity to serve customers more effectively around the world — customers who need our DuraChain resins to make their products stronger, lighter, greener, and more functional,” explained Walter Voit. He is the founder and CEO of Adaptive 3D and an associate professor of materials science and engineering at UT Dallas.

Chose for its reputation as “Texas’ premier tech hub,” the RIQ is a “living laboratory for big ideas and groundbreaking technology,” Voit said.

Moving to the RIQ “positions us to take advantage of the incredible intellectual ecosystem of Richardson to help pioneer the next generations of manufactured goods and products,” he added.

Roughly 20% of Richardson’s employment base and more than half of the city’s businesses are in the RIQ. The district is home to companies such as Argo Data, Digital Realty, Ericsson, Honeywell, ID Software, Raytheon, Siemens, and Verizon.

Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker commended the move, which he said “signals the strength and importance of partnerships with key academic institutions like UT Dallas and the role they play in fostering the collaborative creation of future-ready technologies within The IQ.”

Adaptive3D is slated to move into the new facility later this month.     

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