YOUNGSTOWN – JuggerBot 3D LLC, a Youngstown manufacturer of large-format 3D printers, plans to initiate the next stage of growth for its new Tradesman Series product line and launch a national distribution network in 2021.
“A three-phase plan is in effect to install local support for customers across half of the United States by the end of the year,” says Daniel Fernback, co-founder and vice president.
Plans are in place to invest further in the development of direct ink writing capabilities, Fernback adds. This process allows 3D printers to produce parts with urethane, epoxy, and silicone materials. The company this year was awarded a project with the United States Army to compare the properties of molded urethanes and epoxies against those formulated for and produced by 3D printing.
With the increase in demand and output, JuggerBot 3D expects to double the number of employees from six to 12 this year and begin hiring March 1, Fernback says.
Annual revenue grew by 51% in 2020, much of it related to the successful launch of the Tradesman Series product line, Fernback says. The new line of 3D printers is equipped with large build volumes, industrial controls and extrusion technologies.
JuggerBot’s other achievements in 2020 included working with original equipment manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers on development projects.
“We won our second award from Innovation Fund America, entered a development agreement with Oak Ridge Laboratories, and helped our material partners launch multiple pellet and ink products for industrial 3D printing,” Fernback says.
“We produced face shields for frontline workers fighting against the effects of COVID, bicycle components for the Tour de France, and patterns used to cast McLaren wheels.”