Our History

Making the Future Through a Legacy of Innovation

You could say that Ben Staub was born for BasTech. He got his start working at his father’s business, a CNC tooling shop. There, Staub learned the tools of the trade, finding his passion for the tooling industry.


As 3D tooling technologies continued to emerge, Staub completed his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering & Technology from the University of Dayton. His focus was on 3D CAD, which he brought back to his father’s business. Soon after, Ben led and managed the purchase of a stereolithographic printer and their new 3D operation for the next 2 years. When his father retired, Staub purchased that same 3D printing machine and started BasTech in 1994. 

BasTech’s first customer was the University of Dayton, Ben’s alma
mater. Other early customers who help seed BasTech’s growth
included Delphi, GE Aviation (formerly ELANO), and Hobart.


Early in the business, BasTech was focused on the automotive industry; but as time has passed, BasTech has expanded its service lines and offerings to provide 3D printing solutions across diverse industries. In 1999, Staub transitioned BasTech to a technology-focused company leveraging his foundation of industry application expertise he learned in those early years.


Today, BasTech operates from a 32,000-square foot facility located on 8 acres in Vandalia, OH. 


In 1998, BasTech launched its Rapid Direction, Inc. (RDI) division. Focused on the sale and service of 3D printers, scanners, software, and supplies. RDI is another way that BasTech can truly partner with its customers, providing a full-service approach to additive manufacturing solutions.


The future of 3D printing is now, and so is the future of BasTech. BasTech has developed a reputation for staying ahead of the technology. Staub and his team take pride in solving challenges using a two-pronged approach: pairing well-grounded traditional methodology with high-tech industrial expertise.


BasTech is the region’s 3D additive manufacturing leader, providing a full-service suite of 3D printing solutions from prototype development to production level printing. Plus, BasTech is always looking ahead and continuing to expand their expertise, resources, and technology for metal production printing.

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