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GoProto sustains industry momentum; acquires 3D Systems facility

Company expands Industry 4.0 presence

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GoProto is working to sustain its industry momentum by acquiring 3D Systems‘ Australian facility, the largest digital manufacturing service bureau in the region. The move continues the company’s momentum following on its receiving the highest-ever score on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies in America for a 3D printing company. GoProto has, moreover, installed two new HP 5210 Multi Jet Fusion printers at its North American facility. The company’s production capacity increased by about 50% with these two high-productivity printers. The new systems complement GoProto’s existing six 4200 MJF printers.

GoProto owns 3D Systems’ Australian on-demand manufacturing facility, the largest 3D digital manufacturer in the APAC region as of December 1st, 2020. Located in Melbourne, Australia and commissioned just two years ago, the state-of-the-art facility houses a full range of 3D Systems production-ready 3D printers and a highly experienced management and operations team. This pivotal acquisition accelerates GoProto’s strategy to become the largest Industry 4.0 player in the Australian market.

Simon Marriott, Director at GoProto (ANZ) Pty Ltd. said that:

This acquisition is a significant leap forward in our growth plans for the region with an experienced management team that pioneered the introduction of 3D printing into APAC. The benefits to our manufacturing customers will be significant as they transition to Industry 4.0 and seek to build agile supply chains that are resilient to global influences.

Earlier in November, GoProto also acquired WYSIWYG 3D to create a unified laser scanning and 3D entity focused on expansion in the digital manufacturing space. WYSIWYG 3D has been providing 3D scanning services since 2003 and will continue to provide the same quality laser scanning, photogrammetry and 3D CAD modelling service under the GoProto banner in Sydney.

Adding this expertise to GoProto’s already expansive service portfolio enables a streamlined solution for every stage of the product development lifecycle, open up new opportunities for their combined customer base, and create a firm foundation for further expansion as an Industry 4.0 leader.

The installation of two HP 5210 Multi Jet Fusion 3D printers at GoProto’s San Diego, California manufacturing facility further positions the company as an Industry 4.0 leader. The installations increase the company’s MJF install base at this location from six HP 4200 MJF printers to a total of eight, and, with the HP 5210’s capable of 150% the output of a single 4200 printer, the installations increase production capacity at this site by approximately 50%. The facility’s build units increased from 30 to 34, ensuring 24/7 production capability on all eight MultiJet 3D printers.

A pair of HP 5210s at GoProto
A pair of HP 5210s at GoProto

Jesse Lea, President & CEO at GoProto commented on the installations:

The current global supply chain structure has shifted during the pandemic. Companies are looking to minimize their risk in procuring production parts.  With our business model focusing on Industry 4.0 principles, expansion of capacities for domestic rapid manufacturing with the latest technologies and materials and the complete end-to-end service model, GoProto is ideally situated to help our customers with assurance of supply.

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