Prusa Research Begins 3D Printer Manufacturing in the US

Working with the US company, Printed Solid, Prusa will produce both printers and filaments in Newark, Delaware.

Rob Spiegel

July 2, 2024

3 Min Read
Prusa adds US manufacturing through Printed Solid in Delaware
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At a Glance

  • Printed Solid now assembles Prusa MK4 3D printers at the Printed Solid facilities in Delaware.
  • Prusa will also produce its Prusament 3D printing filaments at the Printed Solid facility.
  • Prusa now offers repair services for its 3D printers in the US through Printed Solid.

For the past decade – long before COVID – manufacturers have been moving manufacturing closer to their markets. The goal is to reduce the time and cost of shipping products halfway across the globe. North America has benefited greatly from this shift to reshoring.

In keeping with that spirit, Prusa Research, a European manufacturer of 3D printers and filaments will begin manufacturing in North America through its American subsidiary, Printed Solid. The primary goal is to better meet the needs of North American customers and businesses.

At Prusa Research’s headquarters in Prague, Czech Republic, nearly 1,000 people are involved in the development and manufacturing of Prusa printers. In Delaware, at the Printed Solid headquarters, the company employs approximately 30 people and plans to hire more. "Our goal is to become the largest manufacturer of 3D printers and filaments in the US within a year," said Josef Prusa, founder and CEO of Prusa Research.

Prusa Research and Printed Solid have started with three major initiatives:

  • Assembly Expansion: Starting July 2024, Printed Solid will begin assembling Prusa MK4 3D printers at their Printed Solid facilities in the United States. This strategic decision aims to enhance efficiency and reduce lead times for customers across the country.

  • Local Prusament Production: Understanding the growing demand for its top-quality 3D printing filament, Prusament, Prusa Research is excited to announce that it will start producing select colors and materials right here in the US in the Printed Solid facility.

  • Repair Services Launch: To enhance its renowned support services even further, Prusa Research will now offer comprehensive repair services for Prusa 3D printers directly in the US through Printed Solid. This initiative ensures that customers can receive even more timely and expert support, minimizing downtime and maximizing productivity.

The exact manufacturing processes developed by Prusa Research in Prague are now being implemented at Printed Solid.

"In an era where 3D printing is becoming increasingly crucial for innovation and intellectual property development, we believe local manufacturing is essential for long-term prosperity and security. While recent years have seen a trend of offshoring production, we're committed to reversing this by bringing manufacturing back to the region,” said Prusa. “Our approach is rooted in transparency and trust: our software is open-source and fully auditable, and now, our manufacturing facilities are open for visits. By localizing production, we're not just reducing security risks—we're fostering innovation, supporting local economies, and building trust in this transformative technology.”

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Both companies plan to add more production lines for Prusament and expand the manufacturing of the printers themselves, including a strong emphasis on support from local American component suppliers. As Prusa Research expands production in the US, it will maintain its sustainability goals. The company recently published a Sustainability Report to offer insights into its sustainability activities.
In order to take on the manufacturing of Prusa Research products, Printed Solid has expanded its workforce. "We are thrilled to make Prusa products and customer service even more accessible and affordable to our customers here in the US," said David Randolph, CEO of Printed Solid. “At the same time, we are proud to be expanding our workforce and providing more job opportunities for Americans. By increasing our manufacturing capabilities here in Newark, Delaware, we are not only delivering high-quality Prusa products to our customers but also contributing to the local economy and supporting American workers.”

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Rob Spiegel

Rob Spiegel serves as a senior editor for Design News. He started with Design News in 2002 as a freelancer and hired on full-time in 2011. He covers automation, manufacturing, 3D printing, robotics, AI, and more.

Prior to Design News, he worked as a senior editor for Electronic News and Ecommerce Business. He has contributed to a wide range of industrial technology publications, including Automation World, Supply Chain Management Review, and Logistics Management. He is the author of six books.

Before covering technology, Rob spent 10 years as publisher and owner of Chile Pepper Magazine, a national consumer food publication.

As well as writing for Design News, Rob also participates in IME shows, webinars, and ebooks.

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