El Segundo-based Morf3D Inc., a metal additive manufacturing company, announced Monday it will relocate its headquarters to Long Beach, having claimed one of the last available industrial buildings in Douglas Park.
Commonly known as 3D printing, metal additive manufacturing is the process of creating three-dimensional objects out of metal from a digital file. The company specializes in aerospace, space and defense manufacturing but is using the move to expand its operation.
The new headquarters at 3550 Carson St. is nearly 90,000 square feet and will house the company’s business operations as well as its manufacturing facility.
“It’s been a long-term vision of ours to position Morf3D as an innovation partner versus a part manufacturer,” CEO Ivan Madera said.
Nikon, the Japanese company best known for its cameras, announced it acquired majority ownership of the Morf3D earlier this month as part of its Next Generation Project Division.
“The recent strategic investment by Nikon Corporation affords our customers access to cutting-edge technology that will create an entirely new value chain that reinvents aerospace manufacturing,” Madera said.
The opening of the new headquarters will mark the launch of Morf3D’s Applied Digital Manufacturing Center. The new department will use research, advanced engineering and application development, serial production and new industry partnerships to drive digital manufacturing in high-growth markets, the company stated.
“[The center] will go beyond adding capacity or capability, we’re focused on solving the problems related to manufacturing and qualification of AM flight hardware across multiple disciplines,” Madera said. “This will be a gamechanger.”
Only two buildings remain vacant at Douglas Park, a more than 260-acre industrial, retail and hotel center adjacent to the Long Beach Airport, according to Larry Lukanish, senior vice president of development for Sares-Regis Group, the developer of the area. But the company is negotiating with potential tenants for both buildings, he added.