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This September marks the 30th anniversary of Bordner & Associates / Laser Reproductions. Bordner & Associates was founded by Jerry Bordner on September 1, 1982. Jerry received his first check in November of ’82, for the amount of $650. The original business had been a manufacturer’s rep firm mainly focused on the profiles extrusion industry.  In 1993, an SLA machine was purchased and Jerry’s business began to enter the rapid prototyping industry in a major way. Laser Reproductions was formed as a dba of Bordner & Associates to handle the rapid prototyping side of the business.

Fast forward to today where Laser Reproductions averages $4.9 million in revenue per year. The manufacturing rep portion of Laser accounts for 20% of revenue while the 3D printing business accounts for 80%. The business has been transformed over time and setup for future growth in a relatively young industry.

During the past 30 years, Laser has prevailed through economic hardship, the transition of leadership from first generation to second, and the 2011 loss of their DotCom sales/marketing customer which accounted for 45% of Laser revenue. Yet these trials and tribulations have given Laser a sense of confidence that they are better for having endured the hardships of the last several years.

Laser Reproductions will be celebrating their 30th Anniversary by hosting a tailgate bash at the Ohio State University vs. University of California football game on September 15th. “This will be a great way to thank all of our employees, clients, vendors, and mentors that have helped us to create a flourishing business throughout the years,” notes Laser’s Vice President, Bret Bordner. All are welcome to attend - contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are interested.

Laser Reproductions would like to thank everyone for their support, encouragement, and loyalty during the past 30 years. Laser is having a great time remembering the past – but they are also focused on improving for the future.

For more information, visit: www.laserrepro.com/celebrating-30-years

Laser Reproductions recently enhanced their stereolithography resin list by adding Somos® ProtoGen™ O-XT 18420. 18420 is a liquid, ABS-like, photopolymer used for general purpose prototyping. As stated on the material spec sheet, ‘ProtoGen 18420 offers superior chemical resistance, a wide processing latitude and excellent tolerance to a broad range of temperatures and humidities, both during and after build.’ Ideal uses include SLA prototyping for the medical, electronic, aerospace, and automotive markets.

By supplementing the resin index with ProtoGen 18420, Laser Reproductions now has a wider variety of white ABS-like resins for their clientele. Laser Reproductions currently hosts 18420 in an SLA 7000 machine which allows for a maximum non-sectioned part size of 20 x 20 x 23.

For more information, visit: www.laserrepro.com/materials

On July 10, Laser Reproductions announced the addition of Direct Metal Laser Sintering to their already extensive list of prototyping services. Through the offering of DMLS, Laser Reproductions aims to satisfy customers with metal prototyping needs. In a recent survey conducted by Laser Reproductions, 96% of respondents showed an interest in DMLS.

Direct Metal Laser Sintering is an additive manufacturing process which uses CAD data to grow metal prototypes and production parts layer-by-layer. DMLS is ideal for creating high-quality, metal parts quickly. Advantages of Direct Metal Laser Sintering include: the ability to produce intricate geometries, quick and cost effective, extremely dense, and superb functionality testing. Laser Reproductions currently offers the options of two types of DMLS machines and eight materials. Numerous finish levels are available to ensure that each DMLS part looks perfect. Additional services include laser welding and laser engraving of DMLS parts.
 
Laser Reproductions is a rapid prototyping service bureau located in Columbus, Ohio. Encompassing 18 SLA machines and a full in-house model shop, LR specializes in Stereolithography (SLA) and Cast Urethane Molds. Other services include SLS, CNC, FDM, DMLS, and Contract Manufacturing.

For more information, visit: www.laserrepro.com/DMLS

The Laser Reproductions casting department is currently expanding its facility to accommodate supplemental pressure tanks. Laser Reproductions currently has two 24” x 48” tanks. As of July 6th Laser Reproductions has added another 24” x 48” tank along with an oversized 36” x 60” tank for larger molds. We have also added a 250 gallon reserve feeder tank to decrease fill times for the oversized tank. These tanks are an important part of the casting procedure. By placing molds in a pressure vessel we can, in almost all cases, eliminate air bubbles and voids in our cast parts.

The expansion is also intended to promote flow. Expanding from 1135 sq/ft to 1500 sq/ft will provide a more productive work environment, more ‘room to breathe’, and the ability to produce better quality parts in a shorter amount of time.

Laser Reproductions is a rapid prototyping service bureau located in Columbus, Ohio. Encompassing 18 SLA machines and a full in-house model shop, LR specializes in Stereolithography (SLA) and Cast Urethane Molds. Other services include SLS, CNC, FDM, DMLS, and Contract Manufacturing.

For more information, visit: www.laserrepro.com/model-development

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