We are a small international company, with fewer than 100 full-time people in four countries. Our US location is in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, where we do the majority of our engineering, prototyping, manufacturing, assembly, testing, fulfillment, sales, and customer support.
Karl Gifford, the owner and CTO, has over 35 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, manufacturing multi-axis precision equipment. While designing new equipment in 2011, he was sourcing prototype services and decided to purchase a 3D printer. He purchased what was at that time a high-end kit, and had a horrible experience - sloppy manufacturing, failed electronics boards, wrong firmware, and terrible customer support.
Karl's team saw this as an opportunity to create robust, reliable, reasonably priced 3D positioning systems that could not only dispense hot plastics, but had a modular interface for other types of heads. Our 2012 Kickstarter was 150% funded and every subscriber had their order fulfilled (or, in a few cases, their investment refunded because it took longer than expected to ship the first units). Many of those original customers are still using our equipment today.
Our printers now include heads for ceramics, emulsions, biologicals, exotic filaments like PEEK (at up to 450C), CO2 and diode lasers, spindle tools, electrospinning, pick-and-place, and in-situ metrology, as well as 4th and 5th axes, heated chambers, beds up to 200C, and even Matlab integration. The majority of them are at university and government laboratories in the US, and we have units in over 35 countries.
We design our own circuit boards, write our own firmware and software, and design our own hardware from the ground up so that we can offer custom equipment to meet individual needs.