FREDERICKSBURG, VA., (April 3, 2023) Applied Rapid Technologies (ART), a subsidiary of Obsidian Solutions Group (Obsidian), celebrated the debut of their new 3D Printer showroom and their continued partnership with Nexa3D at ART’s Facilities on Monday, March 27, 2023. The celebration and ribbon cutting event was led by the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce. Keynote speakers included President and CEO of Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce, Susan Spears, Business Development Officer of the Stafford County Economic Development Authority, Josh Summits, and Virginia’s 7th District Congresswoman, Abigail Spanberger.
CEO and Co-Founder of Obsidian, Tyrone Logan, discussed the company’s priorities for growing ART’s operations. These priorities included expanding its capabilities, the facilities, and to invest and grow in the workforce. Within expanding its capabilities, the goal is to expand ART’s ability to work with more specialized materials, specifically in metals to better support automotive and aerospace industries. The additive manufacturing of material is allowing the industry the ability to 3D print metals using aluminum alloys and nickel-based alloys. These materials are applicable in the aerospace industry in producing air ducts, fixtures, and mountings for both commercial and military aircraft. In expanding its facilities, Obsidian and ART’s objective is to house a variety of applications that appeal to many different industries from healthcare, automotive, defense, and/or communications as well as support our partnership within the community and region. Lastly, ART would like to find more creative ways to partner within the local community, state, and federal through public, and private partnerships with academic institutions from high schools, community colleges, and universities. Through public, private partnerships, they hope to create co-ops and internship programs with local academia that align them with the growing need for mechanical and chemical engineers, technicians, and machinist.
“Exciting things are happening right here in the commonwealth, and I want to thank you all for embracing employees and their talents. Thank you for making this company one of the fastest growing in the entire DMV and thank you for bringing the spirit of entrepreneurship to the greater Fredericksburg region”, said Congresswoman Spanberger. Congresswoman Spanberger spoke on the capabilities, growth, and the future of innovation in the Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, and Stafford County district. “Fundamentally, this is a showroom for the future; not just for the future of your company, but for the future of our communities, our commonwealth, and our country”, stated Congresswoman Spanberger. ART’s new showroom will showcase three Nexa3D printers – the NXE 400Pro, XiP Desktop Resin, and NXD 200Pro printers. These machines are capable of rapid prototyping and manufacturing for industries like education, medical, engineering, and, in the case of the NXD 200Pro, dental applications. The showroom also includes maker space and a training facility as part of the company’s STEM outreach with local students to educate them on additive manufacturing. The showroom is officially open and accepting customer tours. Visit www.artcorp.com to book an appointment.