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Mission statement

"By combining our polymer knowledge and 3D printing know-how we work with our customers to develop their applications and meet their needs with high quality solutions."

History

As with dozens of Tech companies, colorFabb's started in what was essentially a garage, an idea and long hours of work, dedication and commitment.

colorFabb was founded by Ruud Rouleaux, CEO of Helian Polymers in the winter of 2012-2013. With extensive knowledge of the (bio) plastics industry, colorants and additives it was a logical next step for him to explore opportunities in the world of 3D printing. After rigorous testing and experimenting prior to colorFabb's inception a new grade of PLA (PLA/PHA) was developed and it became commercially available in March 2013.

2013
  • Start of colorFabb as a Helian Polymers brand
  • PLA/PHA filaments produced
  • Webshop launch & first resellers
  • In November woodFill was released at London 3D Print Show         
2014
  • Move to large production facility
  • Launch of bronzeFill & bambooFill
  • Announcement partnership with Eastman Chemical Company
2015
  • Launch of brassFill, XT-CF20 and corkFill
  • colorFabb becomes an independent company
  • Expansion to six production lines
  • Release of nGen
2016
  • Launch of nGen_FLEX and PLA Economy
  • Further company expansion
2017
  • Move to our brand new factory
  • Launch of PETG Economy and PA-CF Low Warp
  • Announcement of nGen_LUX
2018
  • Release of nGen_LUX
  • Color on Demand becoming a reality
  • Celebrating 5th anniversary
  • Distributing Ninjatek filaments
  • Nomination Lodewijk van der Grinten price
2019
  • LW-PLA and varioShore TPU released
  • More third party filaments added to the webshop
  • More bespoke material development for customers
2020
  • DPA-100 support material released
  • Further expansion, more staff being hired!
  • The future
  • More to come!

colorFabb is located in a state of the art 3D printing center in Belfeld, The Netherlands. Here it shares the building with Helian Polymers, a trade company in masterbatches and bioplastics, and Blackbelt 3D, known for their belt printer. The unique synergy between these three companies provide for a deep understanding in the customer's needs and enable all three companies to act swiftly on those needs and ever changing markets.

All colorFabb branded materials are developed and produced in Belfeld. By combining 3D printing knowledge, strategic partnerships and a high service level colorFabb has ensured its place in the 3D printing filament market as a prime supplier of material based solutions.

The team

It's the people that make colorFabb a success. A relatively small, but dedicated team ensures that we meet our customers' needs at all time. From development to logistics and from finance to sales: our team is ready to deliver the highest quality filaments to you!

The colorFabb management team:

Ruud Rouleaux

CEO

Job Windorst

CFO

Gijs Houdijk

Technical Dev. Manager

Location

Early January 2017 colorFabb moved into a state of the art production center in Belfeld, the Netherlands. Located a few kilometers south of Venlo, a logistics hotspot in Western Europe and next to the German border, colorFabb's headquarters allows for further growth in the future.

The 4100 m2 building houses all of colorFabb's competences under a single roof: production, logistics, testing, offices, R&D and meeting rooms. The entire building is climate controlled and as from Q3 2017 the roof will have 480 solar panels on it to provide our production of the much needed energy, minimizing our carbon footprint even further.

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