A glimpse into the future at Aleph Objects
The Loveland 3D printing company is a game-changer
Loveland – alephobjects.com – Founded: 2011
In mid-spring, Forbes published an article titled, “LulzBot 3D Printers: A Glimpse Into the Future of American Manufacturing.” The subject was the boom of the 3D printing market, and Aleph Objects was at the center of the game-changing storyline.
The northern Colorado business recently doubled its manufacturing capacity of its LulzBots ( “Lulz”– a derivative of Laugh Out Loud) by adding an in-house assembly line at its 17,000-square-foot facility. Aleph, as the story goes, bases a major portion of its manufacturing process on its own 3D printers.
The company operates a cluster of 144 LulzBot 3D printers that run 24 hours a day, five days a week, creating parts for its own printers. The organization recently hit a major milestone with 500,000 parts produced in its own factory. About half of Aleph’s customers are using their LulzBots for professional purposes – including many enterprise-level customers who are primarily using 3D printers to create prototypes.
KEEP WATCHING: The company preaches and practices transparency, operating with a free software and open-source philosophy to achieve collaborative research, rapid iteration, community participation and product flexibility. The team behind-the-scenes expects more personal and professional users to adopt this technology. For appliance and other manufacturers, the use of 3D printers could simplify the parts-replacement process dramatically. Imagine if you could simply request a design for a broken part and print it out at home!