New York 3D printing company to outsource manufacturing jobs to China


Apr 27, 2016

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MakerBot, a Brooklyn-based 3D printing company that specializes in desktop 3D printers, announced on Monday that it is outsourcing its manufacturing jobs to China and laying off the majority of its factory workers from its New York headquarters.

The struggling startup, which last year saw its valuation dip by $100 million, has partnered with the international manufacturer Jabil and will transition to overseas production and assembly over the next six months. The announcement comes less than a year after MakerBot hosted a ribbon cutting at its newly expanded 170,000-square-foot Brooklyn factory space.

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