About OPM Laboratory
OPM Laboratory was established in Kyoto in 2004 as a pioneer in integrated engineering of metal 3D printers, utilizing the years of experience we have built up in the IT industry. When we first started, most people had never heard of metal 3D printers, and due in part to this novelty factor we were visited by many people every day. I still recall clearly the difficult challenges we faced every day back then, when the threat of collapsing anytime loomed over the company as the parts produced using this technology were unacceptable to manufacturing industries in terms of precision, mechanical strength, and quality and we also had to cope with unstable equipment and frequent breakdowns.
Recognizing that we could not proceed with things the way they were, we revamped our R&D efforts for basic technologies from a clean slate, and I believe that the strict guidance we received from our customers through their practical experiences in the field were the starting point for the OPM Laboratory of today.
The turning point in our comeback was, of all things, the timing of the 2009 economic crisis that followed the collapse of Lehman Brothers. During the economic downturn, Japanese manufacturing began to turn actively toward new technologies since it had lost market share to China and Southeast Asia and proved unable to compete using traditional manufacturing methods. This was a major turning point that led many companies to adopt our technologies proactively.
Furthermore, when U.S. President Obama called in his State of the Union Address in February 2013 for “making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing” using 3D printers and proactively investing in R&D toward practical implementation of such technologies. This greatly increased awareness of 3D printing technologies, which today have become well-known technologies that nearly everybody has heard of.
We are fortunate to possess important basic technologies and to have built up considerable experience and expertise through continual R&D, design, and manufacture of metal 3D printers over a period of more than 13 years. We are confident that we are the company best able in the world to meet customers’ needs for use of these technologies in mass production.
Since fiscal 2014, we have been a member of the group of companies led by Sodick Co., Ltd., a major manufacturer of machine tools traded on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Through jointly developing and bringing to market with Sodick the OPM250L hybrid metal 3D printer, we now are able to offer integrated engineering for metal 3D printers, including the printer equipment itself.
We would appreciate your continued patronage as we strive even harder to meet the expectations of our stakeholders.
Kazuho Morimoto, Representative Director
OPM Laboratory Co., Ltd.