The voxeljet company history


Growth Drivers

In October 2018, we first commercialized a new high-speed 3D printer (VJET X), which has a layering speed of less than five seconds. VJET X is 10x faster than previous 3D printers and believed to be the most powerful system currently available. The first customer for this new 3D printer is a premium German car maker.

In November 2019, we presented a prototype of a new, large High Speed Sintering printer for serious production of functional plastic components. We plan to start to commercialize the new printer towards the end of 2020


HSS Technology Update: Greyscale Printing

With grayscale printing we have expanded our range of applications for 3D printing of polymers in the High Speed Sintering (HSS)-process. The notion grayscale printing refers to gradually changing the material properties by continuously varying the ink dose during the process. This allows different material properties to be incorporated into printed powder layers. An example would be different degrees of hardness within a shoe sole, adapted to individual stress zones.


Our Mission to redefine additive mass production

Together with our partners Loramendi and ASK Chemicals we worked on the Industrialization of Core Printing (ICP). At GIFA trade show in Duesseldorf we presented and demonstrated the production solution for the first time. ICP features our new 3D printing system VX1300 X which is up to ten times faster than our previous printing systems. ICP enables the fully automated production of complex casting cores for the automotive industry and integrates additive core making technologies in serial production for the first time.


voxeljet China Co. Ltd. expands presence in China

In May, voxeljet China Co. Ltd. officially opened its new 78,000 sqft. facility in Suzhou, nearby Shanghai (China). This new cutting-edge Additive Manufacturing hub is equipped with various large format and high-performance 3D printing systems from voxeljet and currently offers more than 400 tons of annual 3D-printing capacity. In addition, the hub holds space for further 3D printer installations to meet the growing demand for 3D printed parts in Asia.


voxeljet AG celebrates its 20th company anniversary

On May 5th, 1999 our company was founded with a clear vision in mind: to establish a new manufacturing standard. Meanwhile, we have a global presence with production facilities in the US, China, UK and Germany. Our products help to make products ranging from car engines to aerospace vehicles run more efficient. In October 2013, we went public at the New York Stock Exchange. 2018 marks a key milestone towards realizing our vision of establishing a new manufacturing standard: we signed the first deal for VJET X, our OEM additive manufacturing solution for environmental friendly mass production. The customer is one of the leading German automotive OEMs and a long-standing partner since our early beginnings.



voxeljet AG Fuels the Future of Additive Manufacturing

In October 2018, voxeljet announced an agreement for the delivery of first VJET X printers to a leading German automotive manufacturer. The new VJET X line of high-speed printers enables the mass-production of complex sand cores used in the aluminum casting process of highly intricate cylinder heads. These next generation cylinder heads significantly increase engine performance and fuel efficiency. The printers work with an inorganic binding system, which helps to improve working conditions in foundries, as only water vapour is created during the casting process.


voxeljet launches new product line: VX1000-S

With its new VX1000-S, voxeljet introduced an 3D printing system, that is significantly faster than standard VX1000 systems. It is possible to run the system both with organic and inorganic binding systems for economical and environmentally friendly casting processes.


voxeljet expands material portfolio for High Speed Sintering

voxeljet expanded its material portfolio for High Speed Sintering (HSS). Printing of Polypropylene (PP) and Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) has been proven possible. PP is one of the most utilized polymers in the world and finds applications in various industries, such as automotive, aerospace and consumer products. TPU can be used to create highly flexible products such as shoe soles, fittings or hydraulic seals.


voxeljet AG Successfully Completed Follow-on Offering at the NYSE

On November 1, 2018 voxeljet AG announced the closing of its public offering of 5,580,000 American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”) at a public offering price of $2.57 per ADS. The net proceeds of the offering to the Company were approximately $12.7 million after deducting underwriting discounts, commissions and estimated offering expenses.


voxeljet and Sogeclair Aerospace Project wins “Best industrial project with 3D printing”

SOGECLAIR Aerospace has succeeded in reducing the weight of an aircraft door by 30 % with an unique printed concept. This was made possible by the cooperation with voxeljet. Thanks to bionic structures, the topology-optimised door offers the same strength as conventionally-manufactured doors. To ensure that the door can be cast as a single piece of aluminium, voxeljet printed the model using their proven PMMA material.  No alternative additive manufacturing technology could have realized the door design in one piece. At this year's 3DPrint exhibition in Lyon, the project won first place in the category "Best industrial project with 3D printing".


TEI and voxeljet sign volume contract

voxeljet has signed a volume contract with the American foundry expert Tooling and Equipment International (TEI). TEI has agreed in the contract to source a volume of more than 500,000 litres of 3D printed sand from voxeljet America Inc. over a three-year period. As part of the contract, voxeljet will increase its capacity and install a second VX4000 in its service centre.


First VX1000 with phenolic binder process installed in North America

Danko Arlington, Inc., state-of-the-art foundry based in Baltimore, MD, installed the first VX1000 PDB (Phenolic Direct Binding) system for printed sand moulds and cores in North America. With PDB, a process is gaining a foothold in the United States which is a unique addition to conventional sand casting due to increased mould strength, lower gas burst and reusability of unprinted sand.



voxeljet AG signs up-to 25m Euro Venture Debt Facility with the European Investment Bank (EIB)

On November 9, 2017 voxeljet AG signed an up-to 25 million euros venture debt facility with the European Investment Bank (EIB). The facility is part of a joint initiative launched by the European Investment Bank Group in cooperation with the European Commission under Horizon 2020. Horizon 2020 is an EU Research and Innovation programme with roughly 80 billion euros of funding and is geared towards breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking ideas from the lab to the market.


New Processes from voxeljet AG

voxeljet has expanded its product portfolio with the two innovative processes High Speed Sintering (HSS) and PolyPor C² (PPC²).

HSS is a thermoplastic binder jetting process that allows the toolless production of fully functional prototypes and end user parts. The new technology is offered on voxeljet's entry-level system the VX200 and thus offers unique flexibility with regard to adaptable process and machine parameters. With a wide range of printable thermoplastic materials such as PA12, the systems can be individually tailored to the customer's needs. This also allows elastomers such as TPU to be printed. PPC² expands voxeljet's range of plastic printing processes for investment casting. PPC² is characterized by a higher level of detail and edge sharpness, which allows particularly precise casting results to be achieved.


Relocation UK

voxeljet UK moved from its old location at Pinewood Studios to a new, larger facility in Milton Keynes (UK) in October 2017.  The decision to increase capacity was made to meet the growing demand for 3D printing. The new facility now enables the operation of four 3D printing systems with a print volume of 10,000 litres per month on an area of 1000m². However, the facility has the capacity to increase the volume to 50,000 litres. In addition to the established sand and plastic (PMMA) processes, voxeljet UK is also equipped with the new HSS process.


First VX500 PMMA system installment in India

Besides past sand installations, voxeljet released its first PMMA printer in India. The VX500 system was installed at IPCL (Investment & Precision Casting Ltd.), a leading investment casting company in India. IPCL was founded in 1975 and has become the technology leader in the Indian investment casting industry, producing very complex investment castings in a wide range of material specifications and piece weights up to 200 kg. Through collaborations with partner firms, refined by in-house research and development, as well as the incorporation of latest technologies, like 3D printing, the company can quickly produce its own investment casting patterns and thus optimize their time to market for their products.


Capacity expansion at headquarters in Germany

A new hall and office building were put into operation in April 2017. Additional 5,300  square meters are now available for the construction of 3D printing systems and administration & management. 



Capacity expansion – Laying of the cornerstone for the new production building at voxeljet’s head office in Friedberg (Bavaria)

In line with the company's growth, additional space for the production of 3D printing systems and administration is created at voxeljet’s head office in Friedberg (Bavaria). A total of ca. 13.000 m² will now be available for the production of the printing systems, 3D printing services and administration.


World’s largest 3D printing system goes into operation in the US

voxeljet increases its presence in the US growth market with the start-up of the largest 3D printing system in Michigan. With the VX4000 3D printer, one of the leading providers of large-format 3D printers and on-demand component services underlines its important position in the US market.


Topology-optimized casting receives the "Component of the Year" award

A joint project between the Precision Casting Centre foundry and voxeljet UK has received the coveted "Component of the Year" award from the British Cast Metals Federation (CFM). This joint project involved an aluminum Wheel Upright that is five times more rigid than before, while maintaining the same weight.



voxeljet is expanding to China and India

voxeljet announces a joint venture with the Suzhou Meimai Fast Manufacturing Technology Co., Ltd., a leading provider for sand printing and rapid casting in China. A long term relationship as sales partner and experience with voxeljet printers were the precondition for this cooperation. The joint venture shall be called voxeljet China Ltd. and will be controlled by the headquarter in Germany. As part of voxeljet´s growth strategy the new subsidiary was founded to be a direct operating presence in the Chinese 3D printing market.  

voxeljet India Pvt. Ltd. was successfully incorporated in December 2015. The subsidiary will be headquartered in Pune, a big automotive and manufacturing hub in central India. The foundry industry in India has been very traditional in its approach and operations until now. But with the world wide proliferation of 3D printing technologies, the foundries in India are also beginning to take interest in 3D printing. voxeljet, as leading provider of industrial 3D solutions, wants to strengthen its market position in India in an early stage.


voxeljet delivers 100th 3D printer

3D print pioneer voxeljet from Friedberg (Bavaria) is celebrating a special kind of anniversary. The high-tech company, which has established a name for itself as a manufacturer of industrial 3D printing systems and as a service provider for the on-demand production of sand molds and plastic models, is pleased to announce that it is delivering its 100th 3D printer in November 2015.


voxeljet honored with “Newcomer of the Year Award” in New York

voxeljet is delighted to be the winner of this year's “Newcomer of the Year Award”. The jury of the German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. in New York considered that voxeljet´s innovative technology and approach to both the German and US markets allowed our company “to stand out, even among the most talented German companies currently developing their US operations.”


voxeljet receives Bavarian Founder's Prize

voxeljet receives the Bavarian Founder's Prize 2015 (Bayerischer Gründerpreis) in the Up-and-Coming category for its outstanding performance. The expansive and successfully implemented corporate strategy is one of the reasons why voxeljet receives the award in the Up-and-Coming category.



Phenolic resin binder opens up new possibilities

voxeljet developed the new Phenolic-Direct-Binding method. This method does not only offer key advantages for sand printing but also allows for the production of ceramic molds.


voxeljet opens UK facility

voxeljet opens its new facility in the UK and is thus pushing ahead with the entering of new markets. The expansion aims to drive sales, service and manufacturing activities in the British market and offers 3D printed and additive casting solutions to one of the largest European casting markets.


voxeljet to open branch office and service center in the United States

A long-standing vision came true when voxeljet opened its own office and service center in Canton (Michigan).


voxeljet AG Successfully Completed Follow-on Offering at the NYSE

On April 16, 2014 voxeljet AG announced the closing of its public offering of 3,000,000 American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”) at a public offering price of $15.00 per ADS. The net proceeds of the offering to the Company were approximately $41.4 million after deducting underwriting discounts, commissions and estimated offering expenses.



voxeljet AG Successfully Completed Initial Public Offering at the NYSE

On October 23, 2013 voxeljet AG completed its initial public offering of 7,475,000 American Depositary Shares (ADSs) at a public offering price of $13.00 per ADS. The net proceeds of the offering to the Company were approximately $64.5 million after deducting underwriting discounts, commissions and estimated offering expenses.


voxeljet AG

voxeljet technology GmbH becomes voxeljet AG in August 



First continuous 3D-printer The VXC800

The first commercially available continuous 3D printer VXC800 is launched. This innovation establishes a completely new generation of machines that allows the building and unpacking process steps to run simultaneously without having to interrupt system operations.


VX200: The small-format 3D printer

The VX200 is the smallest 3D printer in the voxeljet portfolio. The machine is very compact, easy to operate and presents a competitively-priced entry point into the world of 3D print technology. The VX200 features all of the advantages of the large machines on a smaller platform.


First VX1000 is sold to UK

The first VX1000 is sold to the British company Propshop Modelmakers Ltd. This is already the fifth voxeljet system, which is installed in the UK. voxeljet opens up the film industry as a market for large size printing of models.



New dimensions in 3D printing

voxeljet unveils its VX4000 3D printing system adding a new size capability in additive manufacturing. It is now possible to build objects with dimensions of 4 x 2 x 1 meters.


Continuous 3D printing presented at GIFA

Continuous 3D printing technology represents a new dimension in the manufacturing of molds and models without tools. At the GIFA trade fair, voxeljet unveils the concept for the first continuous 3D printer. The process steps of building and unpacking run in parallel, without having to interrupt system operation.


voxeljet presents new 3D printer VX1000

voxeljet celebrates the world premiere of the VX1000 3D printer at the EuroMold in Frankfurt. The new machine combines high performance with a very large build space, enabling it to meet even the most demanding industrial requirements.


New binder for pure white models

The voxeljet service center offers an optional new material system. The new material is called Polypor Type C and differs from Polypor Type B in that the finished plastic models feature are very white and are thus able to meet demanding requirements with respect to the model's look and feel.



Relocation of the company

In spring, voxeljet relocates its premises to the Business Park in Friedberg, which also offers a new production area and a spacious administration building.


Top100 innovators

Innovation pays off: voxeljet technology is ranked among the 100 top innovators in Germany and receives the "Top 100" hallmark of excellence. This success is based on the actively driven innovation process at voxeljet.



10th anniversary

voxeljet celebrates its 10th anniversary. The company managed to become a successful and internationally operating supplier of systems and services for various industries in only 10 years. During that time, the company experienced continuous and strong growth. Assisted by a highly motivated team, founder and CEO of voxeljet Ingo Ederer looks into the future optimism: "We want to continue our positive growth by achieving maximum customer satisfaction and convince potential clients of our performance."



Bavarian Innovation Prize

voxeljet receives one of the Bavarian Innovation Prizes for its 3D-printing systems.



First VX500 sold to university

The first VX500 is sold to Rostock University.



First VX800 sold and ISO-certification received

The first VX800 system is sold.

ISO 9001:2008 certification.



First institutional Investment round

Bayern Kapital, Franz Industriebeteiligungen AG and Startkapital Fonds Augsburg invest in a first institutional investment round to support the growth of the company.


Official launch of service business

The Parts service business is launched, headed by Alexander Kudernatsch.



First particle material printers sold

First orders for the delivery of sand-based printers to BMW AG and Daimler AG.



First success

The company participates in a Bavarian state project and takes 4th place in the German Business plan contest STARTUP in the same year. The young company beats 1261 contestants from all over the country and receives a cash prize and free support of McKinsey experts for a year.



voxeljet was founded on May 5, 1999

Our company was established with the goal of developing new generative processes for the production of casting and plastics components using 3D printing. In the beginning, operations are launched with four employees at the Technical University of Munich. Shortly afterwards the headquarters in Augsburg are established.


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The beginnings

voxeljet's roots reach back to the year 1995 with the first successful dosing of UV-resins. In the context of a "hidden" project, initial 3D-printing tests are performed at the Technical University of Munich. In 1996, the project participates in the 1st Munich Business plan contest and in 1998 the first patent is granted. The first sand molds are printed at the University in 1998.