Somerville, Massachusetts-based Formlabs, a 3D printing technology developer and manufacturer, opened a new regional headquarters in Milwaukee’s Third Ward last month. 

The Milwaukee office, located at 220 E. Buffalo St., will add more than 100 jobs over the next three years and will play a key part in Formlabs’ efforts to address President Joe Biden’s Additive Manufacturing Forward initiative, which seeks to increase the use of additive manufacturing to improve supply chain resilience. 

While 3D printing is not new, the idea that it should be implemented on a wide scale as a complimentary technology to standard manufacturing processes is, said Brian Nies, head of Americas sales and Milwaukee office lead at Formlabs. Additive manufacturing can provide flexibility in how a part is designed, shorten lead times for certain parts and allow companies to increase the number of products they offer. 

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