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Relativity to build new 1M sq. ft. AM factory at Long Beach headquarters

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Relativity Space, the company that designed a fully 3D printed rocket and created some of the largest metal DED 3D printers in the world to build them, is again expanding its operations in Long Beach with the signing of a new, 1M sq. ft. headquarters factory at Goodman Commerce Center, Long Beach.

As a 93-acre former Boeing C-17 manufacturing plant in Long Beach, the new Relativity headquarters, designed in collaboration with Gensler, is one of the largest headquarters in the private space industry. Relativity Headquarters will have a capacity for 2,000+ employees, a metallurgical laboratory, DMLS printers, a mission control center, as well as dozens of the company’s proprietary Stargate 3D printers, the largest metal 3D printers in the world. With software changes, Relativity’s Stargate printers are capable of printing both Terran 1, the world’s first entirely 3D printed launch vehicle and its fully reusable, entirely 3D printed rocket, Terran R.

“Relativity is at the forefront of an inevitable shift to software-driven manufacturing, and the opportunity to reimagine this facility for the future of aerospace is incredibly exciting,” said Tim Ellis, CEO and co-founder of Relativity. “Securing this space for Relativity Headquarters, which is now one of the largest facilities in private space, right here in Long Beach, is key for scaling out our Terran R program, while also continuing to tap into the unparalleled talent here to join us on our mission.”

Relativity to build new 1M sq. ft. AM factory at Long Beach headquarters

The announcement builds on the company’s continued momentum, including its reveal of Terran R, the closing of its $650M Series E fundraise, and an unprecedented year of job creation. Relativity now employs 450+ people, growing 300% within the last year, across its Long Beach, Vandenberg, Seattle, Washington D.C., Stennis, and Cape Canaveral locations. The company is on track to hire 200+ additional employees by the end of the year.

With its expansion, Relativity is doubling down on its Factory of the Future, which is centered on Stargate, the world’s largest 3D printer that the company created in-house. Through collaboration between humans and machines, Relativity’s Factory of the Future fuses 3D printing, artificial intelligence, and autonomous robotics. Disrupting 60 years of aerospace, Relativity’s radically simplified supply chain enables the company to print its rockets with 100x fewer parts in less than 60 days.

Due to its novel use of automation, Relativity’s Factory of the Future was operational during COVID-19, working safely with key Stargate operators, keeping the company on track for the launch of Terran 1 later this year. Incorporating AI-driven controls, Relativity’s Stargate 3D printers continuously optimizes production, resulting in exponentially compounded quality and time improvements, lower costs, and product designs not possible in traditional aerospace manufacturing.

Relativity to build new 1M sq. ft. AM factory at Long Beach headquarters

As part of Long Beach City Council’s recently passed Globemaster Corridor Specific Plan, the new Relativity headquarters is part of 437 acres of coveted land west of Long Beach Airport that will be transformed into a modern business district, commencing over the coming weeks with move in planned for January 2022.

“We want to welcome Relativity Space to Space Beach, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome their new 1M square foot headquarters to our city,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Relativity is a growing leader in our world’s space economy, and we’re proud they chose Long Beach as home. This new HQ will bring thousands of great, good-paying jobs to Long Beach and strengthen economic growth for the entire region.”

Goodman Group, one of the largest global industrial property groups, will be working with local stakeholders and communities to create employment opportunities and demonstrate sustainable and innovative use of the spaces. Architecture and design firm, Gensler, will be collaborating with Relativity to completely reimagine the space.

Anthony Rozic, CEO of Goodman North America said: “The adaptive re-use of this iconic Long Beach building sees Goodman deliver our global strategy of being leaders in sustainability and providers of unique real estate solutions for our customers in rare strategic locations. We know that the regeneration of existing sites will have the lowest impact on the environment. Partnering with the City of Long Beach, the site has been sustainably redeveloped removing the need for large-scale demolition and new construction. In Relativity, we found the ideal partner for the space providing thousands of job opportunities for the Long Beach community. At Goodman, our purpose is ‘making space for greatness’ which I have no doubt Relativity will achieve as they expand their vertically integrated technology platform and 3D manufacturing capabilities.”

The company’s existing Long Beach facility will continue to be utilized for Terran 1 production.

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Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites and, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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