Introduction

Breathe-3DP, LLC is a materials developer and manufacturer based in Bristol, Virginia. Our parent company, Universal Fibers, has been a pioneer since its birth in 1969. The first to build a business based on putting colorants and additives into the melt during Nylon fiber formation. The first to add paint pigments into automotive flooring to resist UV fade. We all have “aha” experiences throughout our lives. Companies do also. It was this search that in mid-2014 led to the “aha” that has become Breathe-3DP. It was a realization immediately followed by a question.

Additive manufacturing is a disruptive technology – so much so that it’s difficult to predict the full impacts and effects it will have on manufacturing – which is making, on a larger scale. The question was simply that since Universal Fibers has a wealth of knowledge about what makes a wide range of fibers and polymers perform, wouldn’t that offer unique insights and leapfrog benefits to 3DP materials. The answer is “Of course!” – and so began our journey of bringing products to market.