Point-of-use production is aimed at meeting domestic demand for parts used in extreme end-use applications
HOUSTON—Roboze, a manufacturer of industrial 3D printing technology for extreme end-use applications, has established its U.S. headquarters in Houston. The company plans to hire more than 100 employees in the coming 24 months in an effort to help companies re-shore domestic production, streamline warehousing costs, and mitigate supply chain challenges, the company said in a release.
To address supply chain challenges, Roboze enables small-to-medium enterprises to bring production back to the point of use. The company has developed a 3D printing offering that couples high-performance polymer components with point-of-use 3D printing. Capable of replacing metals in extreme applications, Roboze provides manufacturers with the ability to print parts for high-chemical and high-strength applications on-site.
The Houston facility will enable Roboze to expand its engineering and production capabilities in the U.S. to meet high industrial demand from the aerospace, oil and gas, energy, manufacturing, and mobility sectors, the company said in the release.
Roboze said that its customers, including GE, Leonardo, and the U.S. Army, use its on-demand and on-site production to reduce lead time and costs. According to the company, precise results from its patented beltless technology create an opportunity to decentralize additive manufacturing to address production gaps in the current global supply chain. At the same time, the technology is said to reduce transportation contributions to greenhouse gas emissions.
Roboze, founded in Italy, is the latest in a line of tech companies that have relocated to Texas for proximity to key industries, such as aerospace and energy, as well as major universities in Houston. Roboze said that it plans to hire 30 new employees through late May to build out its engineering, marketing, and sales teams in the U.S. to further develop a range of products. By the end of the year, the company plans to grow by 70 percent, with the majority of new team members originating from the Houston area.
“Houston ranks as one of the top U.S. cities for manufacturing plants and industrial employment and [is] home to exciting scientific initiatives at the Houston Spaceport and Rice University,” said Roboze founder and CEO Alessio Lorusso, in the release. “We are delighted to open up new headquarters in Houston and bolster our team with the best and brightest engineers and technical workers in Houston to position the city as one of the most important 3D printing hubs globally.”
Roboze 3D printing technology is reported to be capable of processing super polymers and composite materials on-demand for finished functional parts that are used in extreme applications in the aerospace, oil and gas, energy, manufacturing, and mobility sectors. The company’s 3D printers are said to facilitate the “optimization of costs and time along the entire supply chain, while bringing additive manufacturing closer to the standards of traditional manufacturing.”