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Small Business Snapshot: Voodoo Manufacturing

Small Business Snapshot: Voodoo Manufacturing Credit: Voodoo Manufacturing

Our Small Business Snapshot series features photos that represent, in just one image, what the small businesses we feature are all about. Max Friefeld, co-founder and CEO of Voodoo Manufacturing, explains how this image represents his business.

Voodoo Manufacturing is a software-enabled, high-volume 3D-printing factory. We use a 160 printer cluster of regular desktop 3D printers and control them with software that we write in-house to produce parts. This is the largest cluster of printers in US, possibly the world, and they are all co-located so that we can ensure the best prices with top quality and consistency for our customers.

The idea for Voodoo started while our team was at MakerBot. They had internal "Bot farms" where they made sample parts and ran select projects for customers. At one point, we realized this could be turned into a larger business and convinced them to let us take it out on our own. We left MakerBot in May 2015, publicly launched in October 2015, and have been growing since.

When you walk into our factory, this is what you see, a room filled with 3D printed things on display: key chains, characters, human bodies, christmas ornaments, etc. This picture perfectly represents all of the different types of products we manufacture for our clients.

In the past few years, we've seen 3D printing create new high-tech jobs in the U.S. and bring back old jobs from abroad. The biggest challenge is educating these employees on how to learn the technology and adapt to the new software. At Voodoo Manufacturing, we're invested in training our workers for this digital manufacturing future and are excited for these new opportunities.

Edited for brevity and clarity Nicole Taylor.