LOVELAND – To cope with what the company calls an “explosion in sales,” Aleph Objects, Inc., has moved into a new 17,000-square-foot building to produce its LulzBot 3-D desktop printers.
The firm says it needs the expanded space to accommodate 10 to 15 additional staff by the end of this year and as many as 40 more in 2014. The new headquarters are located near U.S. 287 and West 66th Street in Loveland.
To get ready for the move, Aleph Objects has been retooling its manufacturing this summer by designing its rapid prototyping 3-D printers with more laser-cut and injection-molded parts. While various parts will still be manufactured through different Colorado vendors, 100 percent of final assembly and quality control will take place in the new facility.
"Our new facility, Aleph Mountain, will allow us to scale from hundreds to thousands of units being produced a year," says Aleph Objects President Jeff Moe. "With the building sitting on nine acres, we even have room to expand our business and continue to grow product lines on this site."
Previously used as the Eldon James injection molding facility, Aleph Objects plans to repaint the building’s exterior, implement a new factory floor layout and add reception space. An open house is planned for early 2014.
Since Moe founded the company in 2011, Aleph Objects has enjoyed steady growth. In its first year of operations, the company sold 27 printers. In its second year, it sold 196. This year, it expects to ship 1,000 products to more than 50 countries, and another 4,000 in 2014. As a result, the company has added global distribution centers in the U.K. and Canada.
Earlier this month, the firm launched its fifth generation desktop 3-D printer, the TAZ 2, which has already raised a quarter of a million dollars on the Fundable crowdsourcing platform. The TAZ 2 sells for $2,395.
One of the elements that sets Aleph Objects apart from competitors is its open hardware philosophy. With free software and non-proprietary hardware, users can actually download plans from the company's website and build their own 3-D printers. Aleph Objects will even sell you the parts — some of which are produced with the firm's own 3-D printers.