It’s been a great 2017! There have been tons of updates and innovations both in our facility and in the 3D additive manufacturing industry at large throughout this year. As we approach the new year, we wanted to reflect on how far we’ve come:
We brought on a new talent in the form of our Marketing Coordinator, Dale Bond. Bond was hired in late January and has leant her expertise in managing our social media and email campaigns, writing informational and in-depth articles for our website, recording video content and utilizing photography, and more. We also bid farewell to Gary Mann, who retired this year. Mann was the second employee hired at ProtoCAM, having followed ProtoCAM CEO Ron Belknap from their former employer.
Our line-up of printers has grown since last year. In April, we saw the installation of our highly anticipated and newest printer, the HP Multi Jet Fusion (MJF). ProtoCAM was the first company to receive the HP MJF production center on the East Coast, and is currently a member of HP’s Founders Program for this new printing technology. In September, we also added three additional machines: two Fortus fused deposition modeling (FDM) printers and a Fortus Finishing Touch Smoothing Station.
With the introduction of these new printers, we also opened up additional square footage at our facility to utilize for future production. In September, we broke through a wall in our workshop into a new 2000 sq. ft. space, which we utilized for a lunch and learn in November; the area will soon soon be home to various printers and finishing processes. At the beginning of this year, we also opened up a back room in our workshop that currently houses our MJF printer and production center.
We attended tons of events and tradeshows that filled our year with new contacts and ideas for the future. From the ICI Technical Conference and Equipment Expo in Covington, KY, to the RAPID + TCT event in Pittsburgh, PA, to the AMUG conference in Chicago, IL, to lots of local events right here in Allentown, PA, we’ve traveled all over the U.S. this year to show off the latest part and prototype samples to both experts in the business, and future engineers.
As we enter 2018 and our 24th year in business, we want to reaffirm our commitment to service. ProtoCAM is dedicated to understanding and meeting the quality needs of all our customers by working with customers to fully understand their 3D printing needs, delivering quality prototypes and parts consistently, and continuously improving our 3D additive manufacturing processes. We can’t wait to see what the new year brings, and we look forward to experiencing it with you, our valued customers!