Earlier this month, Caracol, a leading LFAM company, based in Italy, celebrated the official opening of its Production & Research Centre near Milan. Recently, the company has been expanding quickly, with this opening following shortly after it revamped its state-of-the-art, ISO 9100-certified LFAM production plant and opened its North American HQ in Austin, Texas. Caracol is also expecting to open a new office in Dubai.
“Achieving this milestone today is truly rewarding for our team. It is a step forward in expanding the possibilities of large format 3D printing and working towards our vision for the world of industrial manufacturing,” said Francesco De Stefano, CEO and Co-founder of Caracol. “Our Italian facilities are the heart of our global operations, and this expansion will further enable our team, partners, and clients to succeed in adopting these technologies and pushing towards a new paradigm in production.”
Caracol inaugurated two facilities, with the first being the new Technology Assembly and Testing facility, where the company’s Heron AM platforms are created, customized, and thoroughly tested. The second is the Innovation Hub – a facility designed to accommodate the company’s research and development. Here, different labs are dedicated to developing the company’s integrated technology and process.
“Our work is centered around the needs our customers have in manufacturing parts and applications. Opening these state-of-the-art facilities will allow us to further grow on delivering top quality, reliable, technological solutions, made for production,” said Paolo Cassis, COO and Co-founder of Caracol.
To celebrate this milestone, the company hosted an official opening event on 1 February 2024, which saw partners, customers, institutions, and leaders in the world of industrial manufacturing and 3D printing come together. “Seeing partners and clients Caracol has had the pleasure to work with over these years join us from all over the world to celebrate this milestone was truly extraordinary. Our success is only possible because of the fantastic people and companies we have the pleasure to work with every day,” said Francesco De Stefano.
After a tour of the facilities, the event ended at the Artwood Academy, a school for technical manufacturing skills, where Caracol shared the stage with local institutions and some of the partners that are utilizing Heron AM platforms. These company’s success stories, including those from Solidtech, in Portugal, Treddy, in Italy, Generation 3D, in the United Arab Emirates, Namthaja, in Saudi Arabia, and Filament Innovations, in the US, highlighted the potential of Caracol’s LFAM technology for industrial production.