Born in the USA: Prusa is Now Making 3D Printers and Filament In Delaware

Prusa Research
Josef Prusa and David Randolph, CEO of Printed Solid, with American employees who now assemble MK4 3D printers in Delaware. (Image credit: Prusa)

The boundaries between Prusa Research and Printed Solid are now being erased, with today’s announcement that printers and filament will be manufactured at the Delaware factory. "Our goal is to become the largest manufacturer of 3D printers and filaments in the USA within a year," says Josef Prusa, CEO of Prusa Research.

When Prusa Research acquired Printed Solid in 2022, it was obvious that the European 3D printing giant wanted better access to the American market. Though wildly popular among US consumers, printers like the Prusa MK3 (and later, the premium class MK4, one of the best 3D printers) could only be purchased directly from the Czech Republic factory – off limits for many educational and government institutions that are obligated to buy American. By making Delaware-based Printed Solid the exclusive US reseller, consumers hoped for easier and cheaper access to their favorite 3D printing brand.

It didn’t quite pan out that way for the average American, with sales limited to large enterprise buyers, government offices, and schools. The top-of-the-line Prusament filament became available stateside but at a higher cost than purchasing it directly from the factory in Prague. We were unable to confirm prices for American-made Prusament at the time of publication but will update this article when we obtain pricing information.

Josef Prusa and David Randolph show off filament made on an American Prusament filament line.   (Image credit: Prusa)

Prusa Research employs nearly 1,000 people in Prague to design and manufacture machines. Printed Solid currently has around 30 employees and is looking to hire more as it expands operations to include printer assembly.

Prusa Research stated in a press release that their American counterparts will be assembling Prusa MK4s and producing Prusament filament, which requires an upgrade to their filament line. Printed Solid will also increase its repair facilities so US customers can get faster support and service.

Josef Prusa said that he believes in local manufacturing, and is committed to supporting local economies by keeping production in-house. “Our approach is rooted in transparency and trust: our software is open-source and fully auditable, and now, our manufacturing facilities are open for visits.”

David Randolph, CEO of Printed Solid, added that he is thrilled to make Prusa products more accessible and affordable to US customers. “We are proud to be expanding our workforce and providing more job opportunities for Americans. By increasing our manufacturing capabilities here in Newark, Delaware, we are not only delivering high-quality Prusa products to our customers but also contributing to the local economy and supporting American workers.”

Denise Bertacchi
Freelance Reviewer

Denise Bertacchi is a Contributing Writer for Tom’s Hardware US, covering 3D printing. Denise has been crafting with PCs since she discovered Print Shop had clip art on her Apple IIe. She’s been a freelance newspaper reporter, online columnist and craft blogger with an eye for kid’s STEM activities. She got hooked on 3D printing after her son made a tiny Tinkercad Jeep for a school science project. Excited to learn more, she got a Creality CR10s and hasn’t looked back. She loves reviewing 3D printers because she can mix all her passions: printing, photography and writing. When she’s not modding her Ender 3 Pro or stirring glitter into a batch of resin, you’ll find her at the latest superhero movie with her husband and two sons. 

  • Python in Motion
    Hurray! Finally!
  • HaninTH
    Now if only this can bring down the price of their filaments and bring their printers in line with the rest of the market's pricing.

    Bambu Labs is putting pressure on the market, so hopefully this allows Prusa to compete.
  • gggplaya
    Other than the Prusa XL with the 5 printheads, I don't see a reason to buy any of their other printers? What's so great about them?
  • USAFRet
    gggplaya said:
    Other than the Prusa XL with the 5 printheads, I don't see a reason to buy any of their other printers? What's so great about them?
    Well established brand, and a large user base for support.

    (I don't have one, but those are BIG benefits)
  • HaninTH
    gggplaya said:
    Other than the Prusa XL with the 5 printheads, I don't see a reason to buy any of their other printers? What's so great about them?
    The lack of need for any "cloud" garbage or intermediaries like Bambu Labs and others are forcing currently?

    As USAFRet mentioned, having a well established brand, reliability streak and open standards, makes Prusa a leader in the market, even if their current line up might not match current print speeds.

    I have, Prusa MK3 and Mini, Creality K1 and Bambu Labs P1S printers, and while the P1S by Bambu Labs has impressive print speeds and quality, their insistence on having cloud or internet connectivity is terrible. You can switch the printer to "LAN Only" mode, but you still need an internet connected device to send the printer GCODE. If this is a laptop, they force you to install a "Network Assistant" app that constantly talks to their servers in china. I ended up having to VLAN and isolate the printer and the laptop I use to create models and send the GCODE to the printer, as needed. Creality dabbled with this kind of setup, I haven't fired it up again as the P1S is so much faster and I have it's spying under control, to a point.

    These printers should not REQUIRE internet access or any middlemen to work. The printer should have an HTTP/HTTPS/OCTOPrint interface that lets you either log in to the portal to upload GCODE or send it direct from your slicer via OCTOPrint. That is it. The manufacture should not know anything about anything i'm using the device for.

    For this alone, Prusa is superior to most other brands, imo.

    I love to FDM printing, I hate having to jump through hoops to use a product or be concerned for my network/data's safety.