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Linear Mold & Engineering announced at RAPID 2014 and Amerimold the company's plans to expand its 24,000 sq-ft Livonia, MI headquarters by 17,000 sq-ft. This expansion will make room for eight more DMLM machines, a dedicated training center plus expanded finishing and tooling operations. Two of the DMLM machines are to be delivered in two weeks. Linear's expansion will include the following enhancements to their current capabilities:

Clare Goldsberry

June 9, 2014

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Linear announced plans to double 3D metal printing capacity

the company's plans to expand its 24,000 sq-ft Livonia, MI headquarters by 17,000 sq-ft. This expansion will make room for eight more DMLM machines, a dedicated training center plus expanded finishing and tooling operations. Two of the DMLM machines are to be delivered in two weeks. 

Linear's expansion will include the following enhancements to their current capabilities:

  • New DMLM Machine Lab with dedicated DMLM Training Center

  • Dedicated space for 32 additional DMLM machines

  • Expanded finishing (or post-processing) stations

  • Expanded tooling & moldmaking operations including new gun drill, and CNC & EDM equipment

"This is Phase 1 of the largest expansion in Linear's 11-year history and is designed to maintain and extend Linear's DMLM leadership in North America," explains John Tenbusch, president of Linear. 

This expansion will enhance the company's leadership position in fulfilling production-level parts requirements, address demand for growing conformal cooling needs, and enhance its "Center of Excellence" program with private, client-dedicated R&D pods.

Two DMLM machines are on order, an EOS M280 and one dual laser SLM280. One will be on display at the RAPID 2014 show at SLM Solutions Booth #900. Linear is a leading full-service engineering company specializing in the design and build of plastic injection molds and metal 3D printed components. Linear currently operates seven DMLM machines.

Using the DMLM technology, Linear designs and builds 3D printed conformal cooling channels for injection molds for the moldmaking industry. However, the growth segment for Linear is supply chain optimization via the design and build of DMLM 3D printed production solutions for the automotive, aerospace & defense, energy, medical devices, and CPG industries.

Linear has engaged Stephens Inc., a privately held financial services firm with a strong focus on providing investment banking services to the 3D Printing markets, to assist in funding Linear's expansion plans.  

Visit Linear at RAPID Booth #1530 (June 9-11, Cobo Center, Detroit) and at Amerimold (Novi, MI, June 11-12, Suburban Collection Showplace) Booth #726.

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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