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The largest 3D printing facility you’ve ever seen is in Grafton, WV

The largest 3D printing facility you’ve ever seen is in Grafton, WV
The largest 3D printing facility you’ve ever seen is in Grafton, WV

GRAFTON, W.Va. (WBOY) — Grafton may be best known for its monster or the invention of Mother’s Day, but probably not for its 3D printing. Nevertheless, Marshall Hull and his wife Amanda have been successful in the 3D printing business, building a worldwide customer base in the process.

Marshall, whose love of dirt bikes is only surpassed by his love of his wife and cats, originally planned to start his own drone photography business. The first 3D printer he purchased was used to make drone parts, but he enjoyed printing so much that he abandoned the drone idea and focused on 3D printing full-time.


Marshal Hull (center) with his wife Amanda Hull (right) and General Manager Tawnie Kessler (left) (WBOY photo)
Marshal Hull (center) with his wife Amanda Hull (right) and General Manager Tawnie Kessler (left) (WBOY photo)

“I realized I was doing something and thought, ‘You know, I could sell this,'” Hull said. “It took me many years to get to the point where I could actually sell things, but that was pretty obvious from the beginning.”

But why set up shop in Grafton? The answer is cost. Hull previously had a storefront in Westover until he got the opportunity to purchase his current building in Grafton. However, he couldn’t have purchased the space without the help of a Star Wars-themed pen holder that proved extremely popular on Amazon.

“We sold more than 3,000 of these things in three weeks,” Hull said. “Without them, we couldn’t have afforded the building we’re in now.”

Today, Hull is a truly massive operation, with more than 100 3D printers of various sizes running day and night. Amanda Hull, head of customer service and shipping, said 3D Cauldron has shipped to more than 40 different countries, including France, Germany, New Zealand and even South Korea.

“It’s a great feeling to know that you’re being discovered by other countries,” Amanda told 12 News. “At the moment we’re sending out a lot of Pip-Boys, everyone is very happy with them, helmets are also a big thing.”

A selection of 3D prints from 3D Cauldron in Grafton, W.Va. (WBOY image)
A selection of 3D prints from 3D Cauldron in Grafton, W.Va. (WBOY image)

Marshall said what he likes most about his job is the almost limitless possibilities of 3D printing. For him, the biggest limiting factor for a project is often his own imagination.

“I could never work in a factory, but I work in a factory, you know what I mean?” Marshall said. “I never do the same thing (twice), it’s different, and when I get bored I just buy a new printer or start a new project and that kind of cures the boredom.”

If you want to have something printed or have an idea in mind, you can find 3D Cauldron’s website here.