Founded by Jerry Ropelato (who is also known for having been the founder and CEO of the network that publishes some of the top tech media websites in the world, including Space.com and Tom’s Hardware) WhiteClouds is already one of the largest full-color 3D printing services and 3D Systems’ distributors in the US.
The company has now announced its expansion into a new 60,000-square-foot facility and the installation of 14 additional full-color 3D printers from 3D Systems into their production line. This means that WhiteClouds now has a fleet of 24 full-color printers from 3D Systems, including ProJet 660Pros, ProJet 4500s and a ProJet 860Pro, making it the largest full-color 3D print services provider and binder jetting 3D printer farm in the world.
“Our new facility is designed for world-class manufacturing,” said Ropelato. “Its location is very strategic and our layout is conducive to lean manufacturing principles and high-quality production.” This expansion, which more than doubles the company’s full-color printing capacity, clearly shows that 3D printing is not just here to stay, but it is continuing to grow at breakneck speed, in the B2B, as well as in B2C and P2P (consumer,) segments.
“WhiteClouds’ 3D print services expansion and expertise in full-color printing allows them to deliver exceptional service and products to their customers looking to bring their ideas to reality in full color,” added Charlie Grace, Chief Revenue Officer, Professional Products, 3D Systems. “We’re thrilled that they have selected our ColorJet printing technology to expand their full-color production services and look forward to their continued growth.”
Going forward, WhiteClouds will focus on developing business-to-business sales and strategic partnerships. The company will continue to expand its focus on four key industries: architecture, medical, prototyping, and entertainment. In addition to its full-color services, the company also provides services for prototyping and end-use parts in a variety of materials.
To support its growth and expanded production capabilities, WhiteClouds also expanded its management team. Joey Skinner, the new COO, will oversee production and develop processes that make the company as efficient as possible. “A major part of our offering is the capacity to deliver,” said Skinner. “We are the largest full-color 3D print services provider in the world. With this new building, we have the capacity to hold that prestigious title and to continue to grow that capacity in the future.”
According to Braden Ellis, who recently joined the team as the new CRO, “Nearly every industry can benefit from this technology.” Ellis stated that WhiteCloud’s goal is to make that possible in a way that is cost-effective and easy to implement. “[We want to be] to be the hub for companies looking to expand their offerings through 3D printing.” In order to do this, he is in charge of managing partnerships and strategic alliances to create future growth and more revenues.
WhiteClouds is hosting an open house next October 27 for businesses, media, government officials and the general public as a celebration for this new step in its evolution. “We’re excited about what we’ve built in Utah in nearly three years and where we are going. We have evolved as a company,” said Ropelato. “We want to show what we have to offer and introduce more companies and people to 3D printing.”
It is interesting that WhiteClouds is growing by focusing on one specific 3D printing technology. Considering that most services (metal, high resolution resin, FDM, low-cost FFF) are growing at similar rates, it seems clear that something big is still going on in AM, at all levels.