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Prusa is now manufacturing 3D printers and filaments in the USA

Printed Solid will now operate as a US-based manufacturing facility for Prusa prodcuts

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It has been two years since Printed Solid joined the Prusa family. Prusa CEO Josef Prusa and David Randolph, the CEO of Printed Solid, thought it made sense to join forces to improve the availability of Original Prusa printers and filaments in the USA. They began with educational, government, and enterprise contracts, leveraging David’s extensive experience in these fields. Over time, the team, premises, product range, and customer base at Printed Solid have grown significantly. Printed Solid will now operate as a US-based manufacturing facility for Prusa 3D printers.

Prusa Research is not the first European company to make the move across the Atlantic. Even as Shapeways – one of the first to make the move across the Atlantic (from the Netherlands) just declared bankruptcy, others like SLM Solutions just announced a USA-based manufacturing facility looking to leverage the US’ generally much friendlier ecosystem for young companies and also the potential to access defense contracts. The US is still a very competitive market but one that is also very happy to welcome manufacturers to reshore (or in this case just to “shore”) production and manufacturing jobs.

Printed Solid’s once modest premises in Newark, Delaware, are now bustling with activity, featuring new spaces for filament manufacturing lines, a print farm, a service area, and the latest additions: brand new high-speed Prusament lines and workstations for assembling Original Prusa MK4 printers. The goal is to become the largest manufacturer of 3D printers and filaments in the USA within a year.

Prusa is now manufacturing 3D printers and filaments in the USA via Printed Solid that will now operate as a US-based manufacturing facility

PR(int) USA

In the early days, when the Prusa Mendel was the latest addition to RepRap, most interactions with the community were via IRC chat. Then, after learning about the Maker Faire, Josef decided to attend, meeting many like-minded individuals for the first time. Interestingly, many people thought “Prusa” was short for “Print USA,” which made a lot of sense from an outsider’s perspective.

However, it wasn’t until 2021/2022 that expanding overseas became a serious consideration. The USA market is a major market for Prusa, prompting the search for ways to streamline operations. Around 30 people are working in the American facility, with plans to create more job opportunities in the USA soon. The approach is to maintain a reasonable growth rate, ensuring quality and expertise remain high. For instance, despite an expanded team and product portfolio, Prusa’s tech support is still highly praised. The company prefers a steadier, individualized approach to onboarding, avoiding the pitfalls of rapid, large-scale hiring.

Prusa is now manufacturing 3D printers and filaments in the USA via Printed Solid that will now operate as a US-based manufacturing facility

European tech welcome

The same principles are applied to manufacturing. Rather than outsourcing to meet high demand, Prusa expanded its factory in Prague, maintaining quality standards. This approach is now mirrored at Printed Solid.

Original Prusa MK4 3D printers will be assembled in Delaware with the same skill, precision, and tools as in Prague. All workbenches and testing tools are identical, ensuring the same level of quality for machines assembled in the USA. Additionally, efforts are underway to include local American component suppliers.

Next is Prusament production. With years of experience making Jessie filaments, David and his team have the same filament extrusion lines as those in Prague, down to every tiny tweak and change. They will manufacture Prusament using the identical production process and quality standards familiar to Prusa customers.

Finally, the official Prusa Research repair center is expanding at Printed Solid, providing expert services for Prusa 3D printers directly in the United States.

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