Ogden-based company uses 3D printing to bring imagination to life

Posted at 9:29 PM, Nov 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-09 09:36:02-05

OGDEN, Utah -- A Utah company leading the drive in 3D printing services continues to expand, and the business based in Ogden is now the largest 3D color printing provider in the world.

“Every day we’re creating something different, whether it’s for NASA, if it’s for Marvel, if it's for Disney—any of these companies that we get to work with, it’s super creative," said Braden Ellis, the Chief Revenue Officer for Whiteclouds.

The 60,000 square foot facility that Whiteclouds calls home is based solely on creativity. The company is unique because they have a separate department for designers, with no limits.

“Anything you think of, you can build it,” said Andrew Jordan, a designer at Whiteclouds. “I mean, there are some limitations with the size of things, but that’s about it.”

For example, FOX 13 watched Jordan work on a zombie design, where you can see the zombies are reaching through the windows and trying to grab people from the other side.

Ellis said the 3D printing allows for a wide variety of creativity.

“It really comes down to what people can imagine,” he said. “In fact, 3D printing is so incredible, that it can actually print things that we couldn’t manufacture in the past because we’re not bound by regular geometry.”

The company has rows of printing stations and a full range of sandstone, Egyptian powder, plastics, ASLS and other materials to fulfill the print jobs.

Employees said they're lucky to have this kind of workplace in their own back yard.

“It’s fun as a designer, like with an artistic background, that’s kind of what my dream was growing up: just to kind of be able to have limitless creativity, so it’s pretty awesome,” Jordan said.

Partnerships with big names like Disney, DreamWorks, Marvel and Target are keeping the company on its toes as it works to meet the demands of the marketplace.

But, the benefits of 3D printing aren't just helping consumers.

“We see incredible growth in the future in aerospace, in the medical, in prototyping,” Ellis said.

Speaking of aerospace, even NASA can't stay away from the Utah company.

“So we did a print not too long ago that we sent to NASA, and they liked it so much that the director, the head of NASA, wanted it on his desk,” Johnson said.