Cash-strapped Colorado 3D printer business relocating to North Dakota

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A person walks through falling snow March 30,2009 in downtown Fargo, North Dakota. (Photo by Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

FARGO, N.D. — A popular but cash-poor 3D printer business in Colorado is relocating to North Dakota.

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum announced Wednesday that the LulzBot brand of 3D printers will be manufactured by Fargo Additive Manufacturing Equipment 3D, or FAME 3D. The company plans to bring 13 employees from Colorado and hire an additional 50 workers for the Fargo plant.

FAME 3D last month bought out Aleph Objects Inc., the Loveland, Colorado company that was making the printers. Before its financial problems it employed more than 100 people, most of whom were laid off.

FAME 3D spokesman Ron Bergan said 10,000 LulzBot printers were made a year ago. The LulzBot TAZ Workhorse and TAZ Pro sell for about $5,000 and the Mini 2 costs about $1,500, Bergan said.

“For years I’ve been saying everyone is going to have a 3D printer in their home,” Bergan said.

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