RedEye On Demand, a business unit of Stratasys was recently named Emerging Manufacturer of the year at the 2012 Minnesota Manufacturing Awards. The recognition came from the Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association and Minnesota Business Magazine and was awarded for a company accomplished in creating a revolutionary alternative to traditional manufacturing by building a factory of the future. The factory enables manufacturing globally through the internet using 3D printing technologies and processes for companies in all industries and markets.
RedEye On Demand, founded in 2005, is the World’s largest rapid prototyping and direct digital manufacturing service provider with a 45,000 square foot factory housing over 100 industrial 3D printers – the world’s single largest manufacturing facility enabled by 3D printing. In addition RedEye On Demand operates 150 FDM 3D printers globally.
A panel of nine executive-level judges, all operating in the manufacturing industry, selected the Awards winners. The Emerging Manufacturer of the Year was chosen based on a series of criteria:
- Years in business (less than 10 years required)
- Percentage increase in revenues, capital investment and total employment from 2010 to 2011.
- Forecasted increase in revenues for next three years
- Programs to attract, retain or train employees
- Efforts to increase productivity and quality
- New services or product development efforts
“The Minnesota Manufacturing Awards program has created a standard of achievement in a sector that is extremely important to the state’s economy,” said Jaime Nolan, CAE, executive director at Minnesota Precision Manufacturing Association. “RedEye On Demand represents the best of the best in being a leader in their space and was selected because of their outstanding achievements and success, and especially in a difficult economic time when so many other firms were struggling to stay afloat.”
“We are very proud to be a part of, and to be recognized by the manufacturing community in Minnesota,” said Jeff Hanson, business development manager at RedEye On Demand. “Ten years from now, additive manufacturing will have caused so much disruption in the supply chain that it will be a widely used tool among manufacturers to boost productivity.”
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