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Former IndyCar Engineer Expands 3D Printing Company In C. Indiana
May 22, 2017
3rd Dimension, a contract manufacturer specializing in metal additive manufacturing for highly complex parts, announced plans to expand its operations, creating up to 45 new high-wage jobs by 2022.
Former IndyCar Engineer Expands 3D Printing Company In C. Indiana

3rd Dimension, a contract manufacturer specializing in metal additive manufacturing for highly complex parts, announced plans to expand its operations in central Indiana, creating up to 45 new high-wage jobs by 2022.
 
The company, which develops and produces prototypes and end-use products, uses a new manufacturing process called additive manufacturing or 3D printing, adding layer-upon-layer of material to produce three-dimensional objects.
 
The company will invest at least $804,200 to purchase new machines and bring its operations under one roof in central Indiana. The company currently operates in two facilities on Indianapolis’ northwest side, together occupying 5,800 square feet.
 
3rd Dimension is led by Bob Markley, a former engineer for multiple IndyCar race teams who started his career while still a student at Purdue University. Markley went on to work for an Indianapolis automotive supplier before writing his business plan for 3rd Dimension through the Butler University MBA program and launching what is the only metal additive manufacturing business in central Indiana.
 
After launching the company as a one-person operation in 2013, Markley has hired eight Hoosiers, who are now running four 3D printers and six traditional CNC machines. The company plans to hire for engineering, machinist, sales and production positions throughout the year, with new jobs routinely posted across the company’s social media sites, including its LinkedIn page. These positions are expected to pay an average wage more than 60 percent higher than the state average wage.

With its growing team, 3rd Dimension is working on several production and research and development projects that have a focus on innovative manufacturing processing. This includes a project for Cummins to recreate critical parts to run the 1952 Indianapolis 500 pole-winning racecar.