3D printing experts with a combined experience of almost 2,000 years experience in additive manufacturing will help select winners of the 3D Printing Industry Awards.
The 3D Printing Industry Expert Committee members have experience in medical, mobility, energy, investment, aerospace, and sustainability and academic and practical knowledge of operating and designing 3D printing systems.
The experts will participate in a parallel process combined with the public vote of nominations and voting to ensure the 2023 3D Printing Industry Awards celebrate excellence in additive manufacturing. The public nomination form is live now.
3D Printing Industry Expert Committee Members
Interested in joining a committee? Get in touch here. We’ll be announcing more members in the coming weeks.
Ralph Resnick, Center Street Technologies, Senior Adviser
Advanced manufacturing agitator. Ralph was the Founding Director at America Makes.
Frank Carsten Herzog, HZG Group, CEO
Frank Carsten Herzog is the founder and managing partner of HZG Group, to which he brings his know-how, industry expertise, network, and passion for technology from more than 25 years of industry experience. The Group’s aim is to support start-up teams on the way to bringing their innovations successfully to a broad market.
John Hartner, Digital Industrialist LLC, Founder
John Hartner has led and invested in the automation, semicon capital equipment, cleantech, and digital printing industries. John founded Digital Industrialist LLC, an early-stage venture firm focusing on digital manufacturing. John recently finished as CEO of ExOne, a leader in metal Additive Manufacturing. During his tenure, he led a turnaround at the company, which resulted in a significant return for shareholders. Previously, he led EnvisionTEC, a leading provider of 3D polymer printing solutions. He was President of Dover Digital Printing, he grew and sold their Semicon Equipment group, ran FMC Technology in Asia, and spent his early career at Rockwell. For half of his career, John lived and ran businesses in Asia and Europe. He graduated from Villanova in Mechanical Engineering and completed his MBA at the University of Chicago. John serves on the board of the National Association of Manufacturers, was a founder of the AMGTA, and remains active in the YPO. Although John lives in Florida, he grew up in Pittsburgh, where he was inspired by great industrialists like Carnegie and Rockefeller. He is driven by making manufacturing more sustainable and distributed, which will power the next Industrial Revolution.
Jenny Chen, 3DHEALS LLC, CEO
Jenny Chen, MD, is the Founder and CEO of 3DHEALS, a company focusing on educating, connecting, and discovering innovators and entrepreneurs in the space of bioprinting, regenerative medicine, and healthcare applications using 3D printing. She is also a practicing neuroradiologist and holds degrees in both medicine and radiology from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She has completed fellowship training in neuroradiology at Harvard Medical School/MGH. She has served as Adjunct Clinical Faculty in neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center between 2013 and 2021. With a focus on healthcare technology, Dr. Chen is a startup mentor and advisor to 3D technology startups. She created the Pitch3D program that connects early-stage startups to various fundraising strategies and directly to 35+ institutional investors in the space of healthcare 3D printing and bioprinting. Her interests lie in automated biology, patient-specific medicine, biofabrication, and has a vision of a decentralized and personalized healthcare delivery system for our near future.
Andrew Graves, Stratasys, Business Development Manager – Neo
I have been working in Additive Manufacturing since 1990 and have been involved in all aspects of the industry: including R&D, Sales, Field Service, Applications Engineering, and Project Management.
Steve Deak, Principal Engineer-Additive Manufacturing
Applications and process development across multiple polymer and metal additive manufacturing platforms. Thirty years of AM experience, including GE, Hasbro, and service providers. Served thirteen years for the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG), including four terms as president.
Tyler LeBrun, Sandia National Laboratories, Additive Manufacturing Lead
Project manager for a diverse portfolio of R&D efforts at the largest national laboratory in the United States.
Dr. Adrian Bowyer MBE
I am the originator of the worldwide RepRap Project – a project that has created humanity’s first general purpose self-replicating manufacturing machine. It works using 3D printing and is widely credited with starting the low-cost 3D printer revolution. I am also a founder and director of RepRap Ltd – a company formed to do research and development in self-replicating open-source 3D Printing.
Nora Toure, Materialise, Hunting Sales Director
Nora Toure is the Hunting Sales Director at Materialise, Nora also founded the non-profit Women in 3D Printing (Wi3DP) in 2014 to promote women leaders in the additive manufacturing industry. After presiding over the organization for 7 years and building a strong foundation and team, Nora is now acting as the Chairwoman of the Board.
Roger Uceda, CIM UPC, Technology Transfer Director
Industrial Engineer with 20+ years of experience developing AM Technologies at CIM UPC. BCN3D Technologies Co-Founder and former CEO. Now focused on Concrete 3D Printing for construction companies at Aridditive.
Christopher Prucha, Origin Founder, former CEO
Chris, originally from Michigan, co-founded Notion, a global workspace platform valued at $10 billion. He also launched Origin, which pioneered open additive manufacturing before merging with industry leader Stratasys. An Apple alumnus, his Silicon Valley journey is marked by an unwavering commitment to innovation. Driven by a vision of democratizing technology, including artificial intelligence, Chris’s ventures and investments aim to make cutting-edge technologies accessible to all.
Doraiswamy Bharath Sunderraj, Frost & Sullivan, Program Manager
Overall experience of 9+ years in the market/ technology research and advisory sector, with immense expertise in the automotive and advanced manufacturing technology spectrum. Specific capabilities to efficiently manage projects, facilitate market research analysis, track technologies, derive market forecasts, and growth strategy consulting projects with a focus on delivering precise solutions to clients.
Dr. Subham Banerjee currently working as an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutics, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER)-Guwahati, Assam. He is also a visiting staff faculty of the University of Texas (UT) at Austin, USA. In addition, he also served as a coordinator cum co-principal investigator in the National Centre of Pharmacoengineering (State-of-the-art-facility) funded under the Drugs Pharmaceuticals Research Programme (DPRP), DST, Govt. of India. He possesses 4 granted patents, 3 granted design patents, a 3D printed technology-derived product transferred to Industry, 1 edited book on “Additive Manufacturing in Pharmaceuticals” by SPRINGER-NATURE, Singapore, 9 International book chapters in reputed publishing houses, published several research articles in peer-reviewed good impact National/International journals, with citations more than 2000 & h-index of 28. Dr. Banerjee’s research area focuses on Pharmacoengineering including Pharmaceutical Additive Manufacturing (AM)/3D & 4D Printing, New Materials for Pharmaceutical AM, and Cutting-edge Translational Pharmaceutical Research.
Adam Meadows, Vector 3D, Director
Mechanical Engineer, Entrepreneur, and Youtuber.
Adrian Luben, MARSGIZMO, Founder
A unique 3D printing show.
Rob Lent, Vision Miner, Chief Operating Officer
Focused on performance thermoplastics in FDM since 2017, Rob is a co-founder at Vision Miner, focusing on Enterprise-grade FDM, Reverse-Engineering 3D Scanning technologies, and evangelizing the industry – with over 5 Million views on YouTube alone, Vision Miner can be found demystifying the latest tech and innovations in the Additive industry on a weekly basis. As a company, Vision Miner focuses on finding the latest and greatest tech, using it in their own facilities, and providing that equipment to customers. On top of that, they also develop their own machines, products, and tools, like Nano Polymer Adhesive. Rob’s vision for functional 3D printing, combined with his background in Marketing, customer relations, and advertising, he is committed to making additive manufacturing an accessible tool for businesses and consumers alike. With an array of practical experience in functional 3D printing, with thousands of hours printing high-temperature plastics, Rob is dedicated to helping companies get the right tools and training to harness the power of 3D technologies across the board.
Chris Robinson, Ansys, Senior Product Manager
Chris Robinson is an Ansys Additive Manufacturing and Metal Forming Senior Product Manager. He started his career in AM research when designing satellite components in 2004. He has been in a manufacturing research environment for 19 years at Sandia National Laboratories, Utah State University, NAVAIR, Boeing, 3DSIM, and Ansys. Chris has led many R&D product development projects ranging from fundamental research (TRL 1) to production readiness for commercial application (TRL 9). He has worked on material, process, application, and software development efforts utilizing metal, polymer, and direct-write processes. He has experience managing projects ranging from semi-autonomous vehicles to UAVs to components for commercial aircraft. His current focus is to help the Additive Manufacturing and Metal Forming industries make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and the environment by guiding software solutions that help them address their real day-to-day product development problems through process simulation.
Grant Posner, 3D Musketeers, President & CEO
Experienced Additive Manufacturing and Rapid Prototyping professional with a demonstrated history of working with clients and businesses to obtain accurate, fast, and affordable solutions. Strong in business development and product development, carrying a Master’s Degree from Saint Leo University. Owner of 3D Musketeers. Engineer by practice, business professional by schooling.
Ed Graham, Prototek, General Manager
Additive Manufacturing Industry leader with a true passion for the future of manufacturing. AMUG 2020 DINO Award recipient and 27 years working in the Additive Industry. Developing and leading new strategies and technology to move additive manufacturing toward end-use production. Emphasis on operational efficiency initiatives in post-processing, quality, and automation. Support and empower staff to help establish a company culture that is energizing and rewarding.
Ben Arnold, Tritone Technologies, VP Business Development
18 years of AM industry experience spanning polymers, composites, and metals.
Stefanie Brickwede, Mobility/Medical goes Additive, Managing Director
As Managing Director, Stefanie Brickwede passionately set up the international leading network “Mobility goes Additive”. In 2019 a 2nd branch, “Medical goes Additive“ was launched. Since 2015, she has also headed the corporate project 3D Printing at DB AG, responsible for the successful introduction of AM throughout the Group. After graduating as an economist at the TU Hanover, she started her career in the mobility sector and has since held various management and project management positions at DB AG.
Kristin Mulherin, Hubbell, Director, Additive Manufacturing Technology
Kristin is the Director of Additive Manufacturing Technology at Hubbell, where she leads the Center of Excellence for AM, driving AM development and adoption enterprise-wide. Kristin is also President of Women in 3D Printing, a global non-profit with over 100 local chapters within 40 countries. She is co-founder of ImplementAM, an advanced manufacturing workshop aimed at expanding awareness for those looking to capture the value of additive manufacturing. Her AM career spans the entire ecosystem, having worked in a full-time or consulting capacity with machine OEMs, contract manufacturers, software providers, materials suppliers, and end-users. Kristin received her M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from UCLA and an MBA from the University of Southern California (USC).
Howard Marotto, EWI, Additive Manufacturing Business Director
Howard “Howie” Marotto, is currently the Additive Manufacturing Business Director for EWI and focused on expanding the Additive Manufacturing team and portfolio for the Federal Government and commercial sectors. He is also a Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves, and the Deputy of Reserve Affairs responsible for all policy and procedures for the nearly 100,000 Marines in the Marine Corps Reserve.
Prior to these roles, he was the Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Lead for the Marine Corps and the Deputy Director of Headquarters, Marine Corps, Installation and Logistics Next Generation Logistics (NexLog) team from 2015 to 2018. Before that, he attended the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, graduating in June 2015 with a Masters in National Resource Strategy and commanded Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 49 (MALS-49). During his career as a Marine, he has deployed in support of operations in Albania, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. Col Marotto graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Geography, where he played varsity football and rugby.
Emily Fehrman Cory, Airship Consulting LLC, Founder & Principal Consultant
Starting her career at AFRL, Emily was the chief technology advisor for the America Makes Institute and a program manager in tech transfer and commercialization, and co-lead for the Technology Roadmap Advisory Committee. She went on to create the AFRL Maker Hub as the first public-private makerspace for collaborative prototyping for the Air Force, to give small businesses a physical space to co-create with AF researchers. Emily was previously the Faculty of Practice for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Dayton School of Engineering, where she created a business incubation program that aided 11 student and faculty-led startups based on student-invented technologies.
Emily launched Airship Consulting LLC to follow her passion for supporting and growing small technology businesses through collaboration with government and academia. She is also an Executive in Residence for the Entrepreneurs’ Center, where she mentors SBIR companies through commercializing their technologies.
Sascha Wenzler, Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH, Vice President
Economics graduate and in the expo business since 1996, joined Messe Frankfurt in 2008, Mesago Messe Frankfurt in 2015, and responsible for Formnext since the beginning of 2015.
Brandon Hart, HartSmart Products, Owner & CEO
I have owned and operated HartSmart Products, a 3D printing store located in Urbandale, Iowa, since 2015.
Evren Yasa, AMRC, University of Sheffield, Head of Additive Manufacturing
Dr. Evren Yasa currently leads the AM group and activities at the University of Sheffield, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC). After graduating Mechanical Engineering at the Istanbul Technical University and completing her master’s degree at the University of British Columbia, she received her Ph.D. degree with her thesis on the ‘Combined Process of Selective Laser Melting and Selective Laser Erosion/Laser Re-melting’ at the Catholic University of Leuven, for which she was awarded the ‘Emerald Outstanding Doctoral Study-Highly commended’ award. After her Ph.D. study, she has gained industrial experience as a senior engineer at TEI, a GE-joint venture company specializing in manufacturing aero-engine parts, where she led AM facilities/projects. Later, she worked as an assistant professor in academia and, moreover, she has been working as an independent expert in laser-based manufacturing on behalf of the European Commission since 2014.
David Hartmann, Helio Additive, CEO
David’s mission is to revolutionize 3D printing and unlocking its full potential. He outlined his vision of the future of manufacturing in his Sci-Fi novel Complexity is Free. Before founding Helio Additive, David led several frontier technology startups at Covestro as SVP of Growth Ventures.
Gregor Reischle, AM Entrepreneur, Director and Consultant
Additive Manufacturing qualification and entrepreneurship Consultant, EX TUV SUD, EX EOS.
Mark Burnham, Additive Manufacturing Coalition, Director of Policy
Mark Burnham serves as the Director of Policy for the Additive Manufacturing Coalition. He has more than 25 years of experience representing universities, associations and technology focused entities in Washington, D.C. Mark has served various entities over the years, including Caltech, JPL, Fermilab, Oakland University, University of Michigan and Michigan State University where he spent 11 years, eventually serving as MSU’s Vice President for Government Affairs. During his career, Mark has worked with every federal science related agency. Some of the biggest projects he has worked on include helping get funding from Congress for two Mars Rovers, assisted with the establishment of the IACMI facility in Detroit, and approval for, and state and federal funding of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), a $730 million rare isotope accelerator which will commence full operations in mid-2022. Mark began his career working for a member of the House Appropriations Committee where he served on her personal staff as the liaison to the committee on NASA, NSF and Veterans Affairs appropriations. Mark holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a JD from Boston College Law School.
Filip Geerts, CECIMO, Director General
Filip Geerts, Director General of CECIMO, the European Association of Manufacturing Technologies. CECIMO represents the interests of the sector in the fields of economy, trade and science towards the European Union and globally. Filip Geerts launched a strategy for supporting the development and dissemination of additive manufacturing (AM) in the European industry. CECIMO is monitoring trends in AM technologies, identifying opportunities, discussing policy and regulatory implications, and establishing a dialogue with EU policy-makers. Filip Geerts is a professional in international, EU and national public and regulatory affairs. He is specialised in the management of corporate and governmental affairs departments of companies, national and EU trade associations and non-profit organizations. He was deputy-director for the largest Belgian association for the technological industry, public and regulatory affairs manager for IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa and secretary general for numerous European trade associations in e.g. the ICT, the electro-medical, lighting and environmental sector. He has degrees from Insead Fontainebleau and Singapore, London School of Economics, Vlerick, College.
Jon Beck, Scan the World, Founder
3D scanning specialist in cultural heritage, providing end-to-end digitisation of museum artefacts. Spokesperson for the OpenGLAM movement.
Nick Allen, 3DPRINTUK Limited, CEO
Founded 3DPRINTUK in a garden shed in 2011 and built it up to be one of, if not, the largest 3D printing services in the UK. 3DPRINTUK produces around 3,500 parts a day and has won multiple awards for engineering and business including 2021 Telegraph Company of the year, 2023 FT fastest growing 1000 and 2023 Exemplar individual for the Manufacturer. In 2023, we became the first company to be certified Carbon Neutral in our sector.
Stephan Beyer, nFrontier GmbH, Co-Founder & CFO
Combining years of experience in finance, sales and technology, Dr. Stephan Beyer today works as serial entrepreneur and founder in the field of innovation and digital manufacturing. An entrepreneur at heart, he was in his last role among the founders of BigRep in 2014 and of nFrontier in 2020. A fully trained engineer, Stephan obtained a doctorate degree in finance from the Technical University of Berlin.
Pia Kramer, DyeMansion, Director of Marketing, Brand & Experience
Pia has worked in Additive Manufacturing for over 7 years. She joined DyeMansion in the early startup days after her studies and worked with BMW in the International Advertisement and editorial work for Süddeutsche Zeitung and the online magazine Vice. At DyeMansion Pia has built up the brand & helped to shape DyeMansion to what it is today. The global leader in post-processing for industrial plastics 3D-printing enabling applications like eyewear, orthotics, prosthetics, automotive Interiors, helmets, bike saddles, basketballs & many more. 1000 installed systems in +35 countries.
Clare Difazio, E3D, Head of Product Strategy & Marketing
Clare has been working in a marketing and business development role in FDM printing since 2012 and has spent those 11+ years developing and nurturing key industry relationships along with an in-depth understanding of E3D’s product portfolio, market position, and future growth areas. Building on a position with a global leader in FDM materials in 2012, Clare moved to join E3D in a marketing role three years later. With a deep knowledge of the industry, Clare has helped to grow E3D from 4 full-time staff to >70 over an 8-year period, with YoY average growth of 20%. In voluntary roles, Clare is the UK and Ireland Area Manager for Wi3DP and Trustee for the Sanjay Mortimer Foundation, whose primary goal is to nurture talent and support neurodiverse individuals within 3D printing and engineering.
Neil Sewell, Solid Print3D, CEO
CEO of Solid Print & 3DVerkstan covering 3D printing & Scanning for the UK, Ireland & the Nordics
Shannon VanDeren, Layered Manufacturing and Consulting, President
Shannon has been an AM enthusiast and evangelist, as she has navigated her career in Additive Manufacturing. She creates impact by identifying applications for innovation, ideation, cost savings, throughput, and manufacturing efficiencies. She has built strategic partnerships and strong customer relationships by way of creating education, networking, and advising with an agnostic approach to technology solutions.
Bob Markley, Addman Engineering, Executive Vice President
Mr. Robert Markley serves as Executive Vice President for ADDMAN. Founder of 3rd Dimension Industrial 3D Printing in 2013, acquired by ADDMAN in 2021, Markley is an early adopter of metal additive technology and has a track recording of producing 3D printed parts for high-profile aerospace, racing, and consumer goods industries. Markley is recognized as an Additive Manufacturing User Group (AMUG) Distinguished Innovator and Operator (DINO) and has sat on the Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board.
Robert Higham, Additive Manufacturing Solutions Ltd., Founder & CEO
Robert Higham launched Additive Manufacturing Solutions Ltd. (AMS) in 2017. Robert is a Chartered Engineer with experience across academia, motorsport, space, and aerospace. Robert was responsible for the qualification of materials, processes, and parts produced by additive manufacturing, most recently for Airbus, before creating AMS.
AMS was designed to bring aerospace-grade qualification, validation, and operation capability to all corners of industry and at its core aims to support the industrialisation of additive manufacturing. To do this Robert is building a team that uses his experiences to support AM strategy, validation, and training. Most recently, AMS has launched an agile R&D service to bring knowledge, capability, and outputs of an aerospace-level R&D lab to any customer. This is done via the AMS Partner Network to bring a breadth of capability without needing a single large entity.
Alex Hussain, 3DChimera, CEO
Alex is the Co-Founder & CEO at 3DChimera, a Florida-based company specializing in 3D Printing, 3D Scanning & 3D CAD equipment sales & services.
Craig Monk, CRM CAD ltd/3D Print Monkey, Owner/Director
With over 20 years of experience in the CAD space, Craig Monk is the founder of CAD consultancy CRM CAD and 3D Print Monkey, which specialises in the supply of low cost/high quality SLA printers and consumables.
His industry expertise and interest in all things CAD ranges from 2D and 3D design, 3D printing, laser engraving, laser cutting and CNC – all of which has seen Craig work in and with engineering departments and companies of all shapes and sizes. He is an AutoCAD specialist and has a passion for rapid prototyping and small-scale manufacturing. Craig has a vast amount of knowledge and awareness of materials including the latest resins and filament for polymer and FDM technologies.
Matthias Schmidt-Lehr, AMPOWER, Managing Partner
Matthias leads strategy and business development initiatives at AMPOWER, offering advisory services to AM companies seeking to optimize their global market positioning and go-to-market strategies. As an engineer with hands-on AM expertise, Matthias possesses a deep understanding of customer needs and market dynamics. He has executed numerous successful strategy projects with top-tier AM OEMs, leveraging his extensive C-level network within the industry.
Stefan Ritt, AM/3D-printing market integration consulting, Owner
Stefan Ritt comes from Lübeck in the North of Germany. After his time in the German army, he recieved a master’s degree in physics engineering from the Technical University of Lübeck. His professional career has always taken him into companies focusing on international markets and increasingly into leading management functions. After technical development of devices and head of quality assurance for a manufacturer of professional beverage and vending machines, Mr. Ritt has worked in the EU-wide product management of an electronics manufacturer. For SLM Solutions Group AG he built up international sales and marketing for more than 20 years and also participated in the very successful IPO in 2014. He then founded the European sales and service office for an Australian company.
3D printing and additive manufacturing have been his focus for 30 years and in more than 60 countries. He is head of the international committee of the world’s largest user association for 3D printing, the USA-based AMUG, a member of the EPMA-AM Board for Powder Metallurgy in Paris, and actively promoted technical standardization in this field. In this function, he has also acted as DIN’s contact person for aerospace.
Andre Wegner, Authentise, CEO
Andre Wegner is the founder and CEO of Authentise, a leader in data-driven process automation software for digital manufacturing. He is also the Chair of Digital Manufacturing at Singularity University in Silicon Valley. Andre has spoken at over 200 events on additive manufacturing and the digital thread and has been quoted in publications such as BBC News, MIT Tech Review, Chicago Tribune, and Bloomberg.
Prior to Authentise Andre invested in and supported capital raises of companies in Nigeria and India. Andre is a graduate of St. Andrews University (M.A. – UK), ESSEC (M.Sc. – France) and Singularity University (California).
Max Funkner, 3DWithUs, Founder
An author and editor on 3DWithUs. Tests software and technologies for 3D design and 3D printing-related guides and reviews.
Maximilian Strixner, The Exploration Company, Senior Additive Manufacturing Engineer
Metal Additive Manufacturing for Space Propulsion.
Jeff DeGrange, Impossible Objects Inc., Chief Commercial Officer
Current Chief Commercial Officer of Impossible Objects Incorporated, a 3D carbon fiber composites technology company based in Chicago. Former Stratasys Vice President for new business and product development. Former Boeing Company department head for research and development of advanced additive materials and manufacturing technologies. Former board member to Precision ADM, a metal additive manufacturing provider in Canada. Current advisor to the University of Minnesota Medical Device Center. Lifetime Society of Manufacturing Engineers Technical Fellow. Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and Bachelor’s of Science Industrial Engineering from the University of Iowa.
Alan (Pooch) Puccinelli, Repkord LLC, Founder / Owner
Repkord is a purveyor of Fine Fabrication Furniture. We make the things that make your makes better!
Dave Gaylord, MatterHackers, VP
Engineer, Maker, Surfer, 3D printer!
Andrew Sink, Carbon, Senior Applications Engineer
Andrew Sink is a Senior Applications Engineer at Carbon and is currently focused on enabling companies to create the next generation of production 3D printed parts at scale. An enthusiastic voice in the additive manufacturing industry, Andrew is always excited to talk about what the future holds for this technology. In addition to his work at Carbon, Andrew has written and published software tools that are designed for home and hobbyist 3D printing as well as various technical guides and videos related to additive manufacturing. Andrew has had features published in traditional print media and has also created a YouTube channel focused on 3D printing that currently has a view count of over 4.7 million.
Duann Scott, BITS TO ATOMS, Founder
Duann is the founder of Bits to Atoms, the CDFAM Computational Design (+DfAM) Symposium, Executive Director of the 3MF Consortium, and is also involved in MIT’s AM programs, both teaching the AMx course and managing partnerships for the Center for Additive and Digital Advanced Production Technologies.
Ryan Menrath, Velo3D Inc., Director Product Management
Ryan is the Director of Product Management at Velo3D, Inc. a leading metal additive manufacturing company focused on enabling production of mission-critical parts in the aerospace, defense, and power generation industries. He is a passionate customer advocate charged with aligning Velo3D’s product roadmap to support the needs of the market.
Matteo Vezzali, MyMinfFactory, Head of Partnerships
Marketer by day, designer by night, and viceversa. Born and raised in Rome, adopted by London, spent the past 10 years helping the 3D Printing community to express itself.
Olga “Dr.O” Ivanova, Mechnano, Director of Applications & Technology
Olga is the Director of Technology at Mechnano. She leads the development of novel formulations and identifies process improvements to satisfy customer requirements. Before joining the Mechnano team, Olga served as the AM Applications Lead and Services Manager at Open Additive (OA), where she worked with customers from industry, government, and academia to help them leverage OA’s systems to meet their research and applications needs. As a researcher with more than 10 years of experience in AM, she has been fortunate enough to live in two countries, attend three universities, and work in three different profile companies. Her experiences have introduced her to people from other cultures, backgrounds, and technical skills, allowing her to launch her interdisciplinary work, discover the power of teamwork, and build a global R&D network. Some examples of her AM R&D work include textiles for uniforms, silicones for medical devices, and pyrotechnics for decoy flares. She also enjoys making fun videos about science and technology and her work activities to keep her professional network entertained.
Dr. Arda Kocaman, OO-Kuma Inc., Director
A product visionary who led engineering at oo-kuma inc. for SLA & FDM based systems, including software and material development projects in parallel. Received recognitions and awards on material formulations.
Len Pannett, Supercharg3d, CEO
For over two decades, Len has been pivotal in guiding organizations toward achieving operational excellence. In doing so, he has honed his profound expertise in additive manufacturing, specifically in its application to conquer the intricate challenges faced within modern supply chains. Len’s insights on this subject have not only earned him bestseller status as an author but have also made him a sought-after keynote speaker, illuminating the path to innovation and transformation.
Chaw Sing Ho, NAMIC Singapore (A*STAR), CEO
Chaw Sing is the co-founder CEO of NAMIC, a national platform based in Singapore tasked to lower the barriers of additive manufacturing adoption. He spent 16 years at HP and Globalfoundries prior to his current role. He serves on several advisory committees and is an ASTM International board member. He received his doctorate and bachelor’s degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the National University of Singapore, where he also serves as an Adjunct Professor.
Stefan Bindl, AM Global Holding GmbH, Director Engineering
Professor for jet engine dynamics, consultant for additive in aerospace, director of engineering at AM Ventures, head of engineering for space laser communication, and director of engineering at AM Global.
Shashi Jain, Strategic Innovation Consultant
I am a Portland-based entrepreneur, innovation leader, and strategic thinker. I most recently served at Intel Corporation as a Senior Strategic Innovation Manager, pathfinding new applications in Healthcare, AI for Space applications, and Blockchain. I am an experienced corporate entrepreneur with a track record of incubating ideas that go to production using Lean Startup, Customer Development, and Rapid prototyping methodologies.
I build frameworks such as the KPI Compass, Decision Quality Canvas, and the Startup Ladder for building and measuring innovation programs. Outside of work, I organize the Portland 3D Printing Lab community, 3D print prosthetic hands for kids via the eNABLE community, teach innovation and entrepreneurship to high school students through TYE Oregon, and actively mentor early-stage startups. I am co-founder of Makerforce, a non-profit that brings together Makers and Manufacturers to respond to emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic. We made and delivered 68,000 pieces of PPE during the height of the pandemic.
Daryl Yee, EPFL, Assistant Professor
Daryl Yee is an assistant professor at EPFL, leading the Laboratory for the Chemistry of Materials and Manufacturing. His research group seeks to utilize molecular design and accessible materials processing strategies to engineer advanced functional materials to help tackle societal challenges in healthcare, energy, and climate change. Informally, his group tries to understand how to 3D print the strangest and most difficult materials possible.
Sarah Jordan, Skuld LLC, CEO
Metallurgist with an MBA and background in various processes, quality, operational excellence, forecasting, and supply chain. Currently developing AMEC process (additive manufacturing evaporative casting).
Jeng Ywan Jeng, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Professor
Professor JY Jeng is the Director of “Taiwan High Speed 3D Printing Research Center” founded by the Taiwan Minister of Education in 2018. Currently, he also serves as the Associated Editor of Additive Manufacturing with IF 11.6. He was awarded Honorary Professor of IIT Guwahati India. He was the 3D Printing Fellow Professor of XYZ Printing Inc. and the consultant to several Taiwan 3D Printing companies or businesses, including FoxConn, PouChen, Franz, and AvioCast.
Currently, he serves as the Independent Director of GlobalWafer, Actron, and ANT Precision Co. Ltd. He was also the Founder and President of Taiwan 3D Printing Association and Taiwan 3D Tech LLC with the business of Smartphone 3D Printer. Dr. Jeng served as the Dean of College of Engineering and R&D Office at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech) during 2013/8- 2016/7 and 2007/8-2009/7, respectively. He founded the Executive Master of Research and Development EMRD/CTO program, which was the only one in 2015 and the first worldwide.
Beni Cukurel, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Assoc. Prof. and Head of Turbomachinery and Heat Transfer Laboratory
Born in Izmir, Turkey, Dr. Beni Cukurel received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees from Purdue University in mechanical engineering. During his Ph.D. studies, he conducted research for 4 years at the Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics in Belgium. Currently, he is an associate professor in the Aerospace Engineering Department of Technion – Israel Institute of Techniology, and heads the Turbomachinery and Heat Transfer Laboratory, which now consists of 30 researchers, students and engineers, originating from 10 different countries.
His research group conducts fundamental and applied research, mainly in the field of micro-gas turbines for propulsion and power generation. The scientific contributions are primarily applicable to small-scale engines, which are commonly used in distributed power generation, business jets, unmanned air vehicles, and auxiliary power units. His recent specific concentrations include design for additive manufacturing, active noise cancellation, combustion of carbon-free sustainable fuels, heat recuperation, and diagnostics. Some of these efforts have the potential for a long-lasting impact on society and have been recognized through several prizes and best paper awards.
Carl Diver, PrintCity, PrintCity Director
Carl Diver is a Professor of Innovative Manufacturing and the Director of PrintCity at Manchester Metropolitan University (Manchester Met), a state-of-the-art 3D printing facility with over 80 printers across 7 different technologies, he is also the academic lead on Industry 4.0. He has an industrial background, having worked in the automotive sector for over 12 years in manufacturing. His Ph.D. students and MSc students work on additive manufacturing and digital connectivity-related projects with industry sponsorship in many cases. He is the Chair of the Gambica University Industry Council, which is promoting collaboration between Academia and Industry, and he sits on their Board of Directors. He is part of the core team that just delivered the £3.2m, ERDF-funded, PrintCity Network Programme supporting 150 SMEs in Greater Manchester with adopting Additive Manufacturing technology. He is leading the Industrial Digitalisation element of the new £4M Innovation Accelerator Centre for Digital Innovation, supporting companies with technology adoption. He was heavily involved in activities at Manchester Met in agreeing on the collaboration between the University, Siemens, and Festo on the Connected Curriculum program.
Youping Gao, Castheon Inc, Founder, Chief Scientist & EVP
Dr. Gao founded Castheon Inc. to advance the state of the art in additive manufacturing and industrialization, now part of ADDMAN Group Company. He is a fellow of the Laser Institute, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), and an AMUG DINO, previously Technical Fellow & Discipline Chief, Manufacturing Engineering at Aerojet Rocketdyne (Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Boeing Rocketdyne, Rockwell Rocketdyne) where he perfected AM process, made it a robust manufacturing platform where it is the first in the nation received NASA’s production certification for AM producing mission-critical hardware for manned spaceflight. Dr. Gao is a passionate AM educator with over 30 years of experience in aerospace manufacturing, particularly in materials and processes development, design for manufacturing, product development, and technical consulting, which covers additive manufacturing, laser and electron beam material processing, high-temperature and high-pressure material processing, advanced high strength refractory alloys development for hypersonics and rocket propulsion.
Darrell Adams, UltiMaker, Vice President of Sales – EMEA
Darrell Adams is the Vice President of EMEA at UltiMaker, overseeing the region’s go-to-market strategies and strategic partnerships. Under his guidance, UltiMaker has strengthened relationships with channel partners and built extensive sales operations in the region. He was previously at Universal Robotics, where he was the General Manager for the Asia-Pacific and Oceania regions. His inspiring leadership and extensive business acumen have enabled him to build successful cross-cultural and globally distributed teams that are always striving for the best.
Calum Stewart, SPEE3D, Director – Defence Programmes EMEA
As a former British and Australian Army Maintenance Engineering Officer, I now lead all SPEE3D’s Defence activities in EMEA.
Nick Loth, TUM Venture Lab Additive Manufacturing, Project Manager
Nick has previously worked as a consultant and editor in the Industrial AM sector. At the TUM Venture Lab Additive Manufacturing, he now focuses on helping young scientists and entrepreneurs accelerate deep-tech innovation in that domain.
In 2019, David published a seminal manuscript on 3D printing, in the journal Science, which set a new throughput record for the field of vat photopolymerization printing. David would go on to lead Azul 3D – as the President, CTO & Co-Founder – growing the company from zero to 35+ FTEs until his exit in 2022, after having raised +$15M in capital, securing a Phase II SBIR, and securing a multi-million investment and Joint Development Agreement with DuPont. David joined PrintFoam in 2022 as CTO & Co-Founder. His contributions have rapidly scaled the company’s capabilities in terms of material formulations, material handling, and application development. David additionally serves on the board of RadTech America (an industry organization for UV/EB thermoset materials), is an active participant within ASTM F42, serves on the advisory board of multiple 3D printing companies, and writes about technical and business challenges relating to polymer-based additive manufacturing technologies.
Laura Ely, The Barnes Global Advisors, Managing Director
Laura Ely is the Managing Director at The Barnes Global Advisors; she leads a team of industry-recognized experts with over 250 years of combined AM experience in providing specialty technical and strategic solutions to solve customer problems. Laura operates at the intersection of people, technology, and strategy, with a proven track record of building diverse teams. As a Metallurgical Engineer, she spent the first decade of her career optimizing materials and processes ranging from rolling and annealing to friction stir welding and spin forming. However, her heart sits with Directed Energy Deposition, as she was the driving force behind an $18M CRADA with Oak Ridge National Labs and created a new technology team for GKN Aerospace’s North America division. She mentors young engineers and passionately supports 3D printing and STEAM activities at her children’s grade schools.
Bob Diaz, College of Southern Nevada, Professor
Starting my 35th year of teaching CADD Technology, which includes 15 years in AM. Awarded AMUG DINO in 2020.
Katerina Christofidou, The University of Sheffield, Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Metallurgy
Kathy Christofidou is a Senior Lecturer in Metallurgy at the University of Sheffield, leading the Modern AlChEME group focusing on alloy development and advanced characterisation. She has particular expertise in the development and physical metallurgy of Ni- and Co-based superalloys, HEAs, and alloys for additive manufacturing. She leads the “Materials Discovery and Prototyping” technology platform for the Royce Institute for Advanced Materials research.
Lauralyn McDaniel, MfgGeek, LLC, Chief Geek
Connector, researcher, and technology translator supporting the manufacturing community. A recognized leader with over 20 years of experience in additive manufacturing, micromanufacturing, and nanotechnology, she is active in the industry and serves as Vice Chair of the America Makes & ANSI Additive Manufacturing Standards Collaborative (AMSC) and as co-chair of the Medical Workgroup. McDaniel has also participated in the DICOM WG-17 3D Manufacturing, RSNA 3D Printing SIG, and ASTM F42 Executive Committee. She received the America Makes Ambassador designation in 2018, was named the 3D Printing Industry Community Advocate of the Year in 2019, and received an ASTM Distinguished Service Award in 2023. McDaniel is a regular speaker at 3D printing events and has written several articles on challenges to expanding the application of AM/3DP, workforce, and standards needed to support the technology and trends in the community. She has also served as editor of the ASME Medical AM/3DP Year in Review and the Aerospace AM/3DP Year in Review and AdditiveManufacturing.com She holds a BA from Oakland University and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.
Henri de Chassey, Wabtec, Spares & Trading / Additive Manufacturing ENG Manager
I am a mechanical engineer working in the railway industry since 2010, I started in methods and operations and have dealt with additive manufacturing projects for 7 years. Since 2021, I have been managing/following all 3D printing projects (OE & CS) for Wabtec Transit, supporting our customers and our production sites, from their requests to the drawings validation, production, and parts validation steps.
Valeria Tirelli, Aidro, President & CEO
Valeria Tirelli is President and CEO of Aidro, an Italian company that excels in introducing additive manufacturing alongside conventional manufacturing of valves and hydraulic components. The company was founded more than 40 years ago by Valeria’s father and has been part of the Desktop Metal Group since September 2021. A few years ago, Valeria was amazed by the potential of metal additive manufacturing and decided to invest in this technology, creating a dedicated department within Aidro and promoting the adoption of AM in various sectors. She is mainly active in the Energy, Oil & Gas, and Maritime sectors, also participating in international groups for defining guidelines and standards such as DNV, API, ASTM. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the International Valve Summit and ASTM-ICAM, responsible for evaluating the technical aspects with a particular focus on additive manufacturing. Valeria is the Italian Ambassador of the Women in 3D Printing Association, and she organizes networking events and conferences for ideas sharing among all people interested in AM, promoting inclusion, diversity, and sustainability.
Sona Dadhania, IDTechEx, Senior Technology Analyst
Sona Dadhania is a Senior Technology Analyst at IDTechEx, leading research on 3D printing markets, materials, and technologies. At IDTechEx, Sona has authored reports spanning numerous additive manufacturing specialties such as metal additive manufacturing, polymer additive manufacturing, and ceramic 3D printing. She provides clients with specialized analysis into dynamic technology fields and regularly presents at high impact conferences and trade shows to share her insight with broader audiences. Her more recent speaking engagements have included RAPID + TCT, Women in 3D Printing TIPE, TCT 3Sixty, and Formnext Forum Austin, presenting on a variety of topics such as mergers & acquisitions in 3D printing, technology trends in 3D printing materials, and additive manufacturing for electric vehicles. Prior to arriving at IDTechEx, Sona studied 3D printing materials while pursuing her degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and Imperial College London.
I’m a mechanical engineer who has been 3D printing for over 10 years. I’ve used machines from under $200 to over $200,000. I’m passionate about the future of manufacturing and using additive and automation to make the world a better place. And I love helping people – so if I can be helpful to anyone who wants to do more with 3D Printing, I’m happy to help if I can.
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Steve Cox, AMFORi Consulting, 3D Technologies Consultant
Steve Cox is a 3D Technologies Consultant & Trainer whose primary aim is assisting clients with the successful adoption of additive manufacturing and 3D printing, together with the latest in 3D design creation techniques. As a professional mechanical engineer with more than thirty years’ experience in the automotive industry he has a wealth of design and manufacturing experience that he draws upon when exploring the opportunities for adoption of 3D technologies with his clients. He also has a passion for education and is involved with educating the next generation, as well as upskilling the current generation, in these latest exciting design and manufacturing technologies.
Cody Burke, Hexagon, Director of Business Enablement for Production Software
Cody has been in the additive manufacturing industry for over 12 years, with the majority of that time spent as Director of Investor Relations and Strategic Planning at Stratasys. His additive manufacturing traceability startup SmartParts won multiple awards, including winning the first season of Hexagon’s Sixth Sense open innovation challenge. After stepping away from SmartParts in late 2022, Cody joined Hexagon’s Production Software business unit where he supports commercial activity for the company’s wide range of CAD/CAM solutions, and plays a key role in developing Hexagon’s additive manufacturing offering.
Mark Peng, Peopoly, Founder, CEO
Mark Peng, founder of Peopoly and Siraya Tech, has over 10 years of experience in the 3D printing industry. Originally from Taiwan and raised in the US, he has a background in mathematics and engineering. Mark leads an international team of engineers and sales professionals . Peopoly is known for its affordable, professional 3D printers that advance resin 3D printing. Siraya Tech specializes in high-performance UV resin, compatible with SLA, DLP, and MSLA technologies.
Dan Barousse, Slice Engineering, CEO & Co-founder
Dan is a mechanical engineer who cut his teeth in traditional manufacturing, helping to launch several implantable medical devices that continue to improve patient’s lives today. Six years ago he embarked on a journey to make a dent in additive manufacturing and now leads an award-winning team of engineers that improve the thermodynamics and mechanical design of 3D printer components.
Ravi Toor, Filamentive, Managing Director
Ravi Toor is Managing Director at Filamentive, a UK-leading 3D Printing Materials brand committed to environmental sustainability. Filamentive materials are used by thousands of users globally, helping to reduce the environmental impact of FFF 3D printing. With a BA in Environment & Business and a decade experience in the 3D printing field, Ravi is a leading voice within the space – focussing on the nexus between sustainability and additive manufacturing. Ravi has provided keynotes for organisations such as JP Morgan, shared his insights at several international conferences, as well as delivered guest lectures for the likes of University of Oxford, University College London and University of Leeds.
Philipp Kohlwes, Fraunhofer IAPT, Head of L-PBF Team
Philipp Kohlwes studied mechanical engineering at the University of Hanover with a focus on production technologies and energy technology components. He is working at Fraunhofer IAPT since 2016 and leads the successful L-PBF team, which focuses on an increase of productivity and process stability, innovative process solutions as well as the development of monitoring systems for L-PBF machines, among many other topics.
Chidanand Hegde, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Research Fellow
I am a Mechanical Engineer by training and have been engaged in research in process and material development for 3D printing for last 7 years.
Kevin Hanley, GoEngineer, Regional Sales Manager
Almost 30 years of industry experience with core competencies around Product Development, Manufacturing Improvement, and Quality Assurance products. Very familiar with the market and landscape for 3D solid modeling, analysis and enterprise-wide data management, 3D printing, and 3D scanning tools (for both Reverse Engineering and Metrology).
Esmat Sheydaeian, University of Toronto, Research Fellow
Dr. Esmat Sheydaeian is a researcher at the University of Toronto, with extensive experience in the field of additive manufacturing spanning over a decade. Her research interests encompass various materials, including metals, ceramics, and polymers, and she is proficient in diverse additive manufacturing technologies, such as powder-bed and extrusion-based methods. Prior to her role at the University of Toronto, she worked at other notable institutions, including the Fraunhofer Institute for Materials and Beam Technology (IWS) in Germany, where she held an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship, and the Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing Lab (MSAM) in Canada. Esmat is dedicated to advancing the adoption of additive manufacturing. She collaborates across research, healthcare, and industry domains to contribute to the field’s growth and application.
Richard Hirst, Hirsty 3D, Founder
3D printer and laser testing & Reviews & social media.
Jeremy Haight, Vestas Wind Systems A/S, Chief Principal Engineer
I am responsible for leading the development arm and guiding the deployment strategy of AM and advanced engineering concepts for Vestas Global. Jeremy has developed Vestas’ AM and manufacturing digitized workflow strategy and is leading the initiative for distributive & mobilized manufacturing. Jeremy acts as an industry advisor and program participant in multiple US government-led manufacturing and energy advancement programs.
Asier Corrales, 3D Printing Engineer and Teacher
I’m a mechanical engineer with many years of experience in 3D printing, particularly using polymer-based printers. I’m involved in the whole process, from designing and optimizing parts to ensuring the final product turns out well. Lately, I’ve also been working as a field service engineer, setting up and keeping polymer 3D printers running smoothly. I’m passionate about 3D printing and can handle various aspects of it.
Richard Grant, Artist / Experiential Technologist
Richard Grant founded Son.im – a studio that bridges concepts (art) and technology (show craft). Primarily a maker of incredible things, he combines strategy and experience with deep perspective. Involved in specialist 3D printing since 1996, he now innovates across the board combining digital and traditional skill sets. Working and collaborating with NASA, HRH, Disney, RCA, Abbey Road Studios (An invited Mentor at the first ever RED Hackathon 2018) among many others for incredible projects and is delighted to be part of the Hackoustic.org artist roster. His sculpture work combines simple powerful ideas involving acoustics and immersion and engages primal senses such as hearing, touch, sight and smell. Intentionally encouraging audience participation through novel technical invention in traditional, digital and additive manufacturing arenas through collaboration with brilliant individuals and organisations. Fortunate to have worked globally with the biggest brands, Artists and establishments whilst resolving and leading creative projects, mentoring and producing. His work is recognised through feature film, digital content, brand advertising and experiential projects.
Nick Conklin, BreakPoint Labs, Project Manager
Nick has led a metrology team to a 3rd place win in the Air Force Advanced Manufacturing Olympics 2020 Box of Parts event. He is looking forward to this metrology contest, this time as a judge instead of a competitor.
Sherri Monroe, Additive Manufacturer Green Trade Association (AMGTA), Executive Director
Sherri Monroe is the Executive Director of the Additive Manufacturer Green Trade Association (AMGTA), a global nonprofit trade group founded to understand and promote the environmental benefits of additive manufacturing throughout the manufacturing ecosystem and through the entire life-cycle. Ms. Monroe brings leadership experience from both the for-profit and non-profit sectors driving innovation development and innovative re-imagining in some very established organizations as well as start-ups. Previously she has provided independent consulting services to top-level organizations as well as serving in leadership at large national and global humanitarian NGOs, and strategic relationship management, innovation, and product development at multiple early-stage technology companies. Ms. Monroe holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Rollins College in Florida.
Brett Charlton, BD, Senior Manager, Digital Engineering, 3D Printing & Prototyping
Brett Charlton, Sr. Manager of the Digital Engineering, 3D Printing & Prototyping Center of Excellence at Becton Dickinson (BD), has been in the additive manufacturing industry for more than two decades. Brett is recognized as an Additive Manufacturing User Group (AMUG) Distinguished Innovator and Operator (DINO) in recognition of experience and contributions to the industry. His journey began as an engineering intern at BD, before making long stops at the likes of FineLine Prototyping and 3D Systems. For the past decade, Brett has been helping to advance the tool of 3D Printing for prototyping and end-use medical applications at BD through the sharing of knowledge, adoption of new technologies and materials, and the encouragement and growth of the next generation in the world of additive manufacturing.
Ahmed El Desouky, Veeco Instruments, Director of Additive Manufacturing
Ahmed El Desouky, is the Director of Additive Manufacturing at Veeco, responsible for the deployment of additive technologies in the design and manufacturing of advanced semiconductor processing equipment. Throughout his career, he has been a leader of change in the design and manufacturing space. Previously, he played a key role in establishing the additive manufacturing programs at Carpenter Technology and Eaton Aerospace. Ahmed is an SME Additive Manufacturing Technical Community Advisor. He is also the recipient of the Outstanding Practitioner Award from the Manufacturing and Design Division of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers. Ahmed holds a PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, San Diego, and a Bachelor of Production Engineering from Alexandria University.
Felix Manley, 3D People Ltd, Managing Director
Felix, the founder of 3D People Limited, is a passionate advocate for making additive manufacturing more accessible. His journey in the world of 3D printing began in 2013, following his academic studies in product design at Central Saint Martins. Over the years, Felix dedicated himself to mastering the intricacies of the industry, eventually becoming a trusted 3D printing consultant. During his consulting work, Felix recognized the challenges faced by clients grappling with the complexities of 3D printing processes and part ordering. Motivated by a desire to address this issue, he founded 3D People Limited in 2017, with a humble vision: to simplify additive manufacturing through automation and demystify the process for clients. Under Felix’s guidance, 3D People Limited has made strides in the industry, employing state-of-the-art technology to enhance the 3D printing experience for clients worldwide. His unwavering commitment to innovation and personalized manufacturing possibilities has played a pivotal role in the company’s journey of growth and success.
Luke Smoothy, Get It Made Ltd, Director
Get It Made was founded by manufacturing expert Luke Smoothy in 2011 with just £200, initially as a side-hustle alongside his job as a furniture designer. After experiencing first-hand how difficult manufacturing can be, he was driven by a mission to make manufacturing simple – to find a better solution for designers and engineers everywhere. A solution with great quality, competitive pricing and most importantly, flawless communication. Fast forward to today, the London-based company is a multi-million-pound-a-year business and an ISO 9001 accredited manufacturer, providing outstanding manufacturing services to companies across the globe. By removing risk and adding specialist expertise to the manufacturing process required by clients, Get It Made has steadily grown to become a 3D printing, CNC machining, moulding and aluminium extrusion expert. Luke has worked on thousands of complex projects for customers across various industries including aerospace, medical, and R&D, from Hitachi and Airbus to Stanley and institutions such as Imperial College of London.
Patrick Pradel, Loughborough University, Senior Lecturer in Digital Design & Manufacturing
Dr Patrick Pradel is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Design and Manufacturing and a member of the Digital Design & Fabrication research group at the Loughborough University School of Design and Creative Arts. Since 2008 he has been interested in the intricate relationship between Digital Fabrication and Product Design and he has collaborated on several projects in this area. Currently, Patrick is Principal Investigator for the EPSRC Design for Additive Manufacturing Network and the AHRC project When Design Never Ends.
Jaspreet Sidhu, NCAM India, CEO
A recognized leader in the Additive Manufacturing Industry with close to two decades of global experience across the UK, Middle East, and Asian markets
Subhadeep Roy, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Kolkata, India Assistant Professor
Working As Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, NIPER, Kolkata, India. Previously worked as a post-doctoral fellow in IIT, Delhi, India, and Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, USA. Presently working on Microphysical disease model (Organoid, Bioprinting, Additive Manufacturing) based on primary and stem cells.
Rajeev Kulkarni, 3D Systems, VP of Corporate Development & Strategy
Rajeev is VP of Strategy & Corporate Development at 3D Systems, a leading provider of 3D printing-centric design-to-manufacturing solutions. As part of this role, he leads mergers & acquisitions and strategic corporate development activities. An innovator, Rajeev has been at 3D Systems for almost three decades and has been one of the core members who helped invent multiple 3D Printing platforms and pioneer the growth of 3D Printing. He holds multiple US and international patents and has received multiple “Outstanding Innovation of the Year” awards. He previously led global R&D and has been in several marketing and business positions at 3D Systems. He was the founding member of the Inception Micro Angel Fund and co-chair of the Charlotte Angels Fund in Charlotte. The angel funds invested in Series-A rounds of 20+ NC technology startups. He has served on the board of multiple of these startups. He serves on the NC Governors’ Entrepreneurship Council, which guides the state government on expanding statewide entrepreneurship. The Charlotte Business Journal recognized him with the “40-Under-40” award in 2009. He was also honored by the Business Leader Magazine with the “Movers and Shakers of Charlotte” award in 2011.
Mario D’Auria, Senior Engineer – Manufacturing Specialist
Mario started his journey in 3D Printing during his PhD at Imperial College London on the use of Additive Manufacturing for Passive RF Components. He then worked as a consultant in AM and in several other companies, from a wearable startup to an affirmed Aerospace company. Over this journey he always brought with him his printers and the culture of rapid prototyping, rapid manufacturing and design for manufacturing.
Candice Majewski, The University of Sheffield, Academic
Candice is an academic at The University of Sheffield, with over 20 years of experience in the field of AM. She manages the University’s Advanced Polymer Sintering Laboratory and has built up a large network of academic and industrial collaborators, focusing much of her research towards improving powdered polymer AM materials and processes to increase their potential for widespread industrial usage. In 2011 she received the International Outstanding Young Researcher in Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Award. In 2022 she was shortlisted as one of five finalists in the 2022 TCT Women in 3D Printing Innovator Award, and placed within the 100 Highly Commended Finalists of the Top 50 Women in Engineering (WE50) 2022: Inventors and Innovators. She is an advocate for Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility (EDIA), and has recently taken on a role as Departmental Director of One University, where her remit includes EDIA, well-being, workplace culture and sustainability.
Loxley Graham, AD Global, Head of UK and Resourcing
I have been a specialist recruiter focused on industrial additive manufacturing for over 8 years. During this time, I have introduced talent to the leading names in the industry and received over 40 recommendations for the service provided. I am very passionate about the industry and ensure I am up to date on the newest developments in materials, hardware, and software.
Vince Anewenter, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Director – Rapid Prototyping Consortium
Vince Anewenter is the Director of the Rapid Prototyping Consortium at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. As Director, Mr. Anewenter is responsible for providing strategic additive manufacturing guidance and new product development expertise to a non-compete consortium of over 47 companies located throughout the world. Areas of expertise include additive manufacturing, 3D scanning, injection molding, stamping, castings and product design. Additionally he has served as the Treasurer and Director on the Board of the Additive manufacturing Users Group (AMUG), as well as on the Executive advisory boards of St Louis University Center for Additive Manufacturing, Axtra 3D, and the Photopolymer Additive Manufacturing Alliance (PAMA).
Matt Stultz, LightBurn Software, Community Manager
From working on Thingiverse at Makerbot, to Digital Fabrication Editor at Make: Magazine, to Community Manager at Prusa 3D, Matt has been a part of the 3D printing industry for over a decade. Having taught 3D printing around the world, he is now bringing his experience to the laser cutter industry as the Community Manager for LightBurn Software. Matt was our winner for Community Advocate in the 2022 awards.
Sualp Ozel, Autodesk Inc., Senior Product Manager
Sualp is a senior product manager for Autodesk focusing on the Additive Manufacturing portfolio of products, including Fusion 360, Autodesk Netfabb, and Netfabb Simulation. Prior to his current role Sualp managed several Autodesk Simulation products, including Inventor Simulation, and Simulation Mechanical. He is also teaching a CAD/CAE course at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA since 2014 as an adjunct professor.
Ralf Anderhofstadt, Daimler Truck AG, Head of Center of Competence 3D Printing & AMS – Additive Manufacturing Solutions
Ralf Anderhofstadt is Head of Center of Competence Additive Manufacturing and the consulting unit “AMS – Additive Manufacturing Solutions Daimler Truck” as well as project manager of the cross-functional 3D printing project within Daimler Truck AG – Daimler Buses. Additionally Ralf is active in the VDI expert committee “Legal Framework of Additive Manufacturing,” works as a lecturer with a focus on 3D printing, is active as a trainer for numerous training courses within the business field of additive manufacturing, and is a member of the advisory board of Verband 3D-Druck e. V. In 2022 his first book “Disruptiver 3D-Druck,” was published by Hanser Verlag, in which the great potentials and opportunities of additive manufacturing for various industries are presented using practical examples. It also explicitly addresses the change in value chains and the emergence of new, disruptive business models through 3D printing. The English version “Disruptive 3D Printing” was published by Hanser Verlag in May 2023.
Marco Schmid, Innovate GmbH, Independent AM Advisor
Background in Systems Engineering, Economics and Management. 10+ years in AM Industry, 20+ years 3DP experience. Holding several global AM IPs in the field of resin printing and applications therof. Focus on medtech and industrial production. Curious about all new approaches and technologies.
Fabio Santana, Farcco Tecnologia Industrial, Director
With over 30 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, I am a seasoned Sales and Applications professional who helps companies succeed in manufacturing. I have extensive knowledge and skills in CNC, Multitask Machining, PBF, LB, EBM, EBAM, and Ceramic Additive Manufacturing, as well as Medical and Aerospace Application Development. As a Sales and Applications – Brazil, I partner with clients to understand their needs, challenges, and goals and provide them with the best capital equipment and consulting services to meet their requirements. I also support the technical development and marketing of additive manufacturing products and solutions and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to ensure customer satisfaction and loyalty. I am passionate about advancing the additive manufacturing industry and sharing my expertise through publications, seminars, and teaching.
Elkin Atwell, 3D Printing Technology Activist
Afro3dPrinter holds a Master from Ravensbourne University, which is renowned for its strong links with industries. He teaches and lectures about 3D printing. He has had work exhibited in China and the U.K. He is currently involved in 3D printing environmental projects within Europe.
Ian Falconer, Fishy Filaments Ltd, Founder
Fishy Filaments is a recycling specialist serving additive manufacturing since 2017.
Tuan TranPham, TranPham, Principal
Tuan TranPham was recently Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) at AZUL 3D, and before that, he spent 20+ years working for seven of the largest 3D printing companies, such as Z Corp, 3D Systems, Objet, Stratasys, ARCAM (a GE company), Desktop Metal and AREVO. Tuan possesses a unique perspective and insight into 3D printing applications, challenges, opportunities, technologies, and trends. Tuan is extensively connected within the 3D printing industry and has over 34,000+ LinkedIn followers. He has recently presented a Distinguished INnovator Operators award, known as “the DINO Award” within the 3D Printing Industry. Tuan earned a Business (Export) Engineering degree from the Danish Technical University (DTU) and gained business experience while working in Denmark, England, Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam, and the United States. He speaks Danish, English and Vietnamese. Tuan is based in Greater Boston, MA. Fun fact: He has traveled and completed all “7 Wonders of the World” – both the new and the old ones.
Jaco Beckmann, HAW Hamburg, Additive Manufacturing Researcher
Experienced additive manufacturing engineer with a materials sciences background. A solution-oriented and innovative mindset with experience in the automotive and aerospace industry. Great interest in future-orientated technologies, especially in metal additive manufacturing, to produce topology-optimized lightweight solutions. Besides my passion for additive manufacturing of bionic lightweight designs, I like to go surfing as well as capture breathtaking scenery with my drone.
Ryan McCaskill, nTop, Product Manager – Modeling Experience
Ryan has been bringing his ideas to life via CAD since he was in high school. After earning a degree in Industrial Design, he spent several years designing & engineering bicycles in both the bespoke & mass market sectors. Ryan followed his growing passion for 3d printing and design to nTop where before joining the product team, he spent two years in nTop’s customer success department, building and managing their solutions and onboarding engineering teams.
Paul Fotheringham, Insight Surgery, Founder
University of Edinburgh educated Computer & Management Scientist. Entrepreneur & Technologist, expert practitioner and global Key Opinion Leader in 3D printing technologies.
Chris Pelesky, 3DP Events LLC – East Coast RepRap Festival, President and Co-Founder
Chris became interested in 3D printing in 2016. By 2018, he led a group to create the East Coast’s foremost community-based RepRap and 3DPrinting event.
Maria Lahuerta, Stratasys, Director, Global Channel Marketing Enablement
Maria Lahuerta is a highly accomplished marketing and business development expert with more than 18 years of experience in the high-tech sector. She thrives in dynamic, innovative environments and is passionate about delivering results that have guided her successful career. Maria has held pivotal roles in leading marketing teams and strategies for cutting-edge, fast-growing companies around the world. Her expertise lies in strategically aligning marketing and business development efforts with the broader business strategy. Her skill set includes expertise in partner programs, demand generation, digital marketing, funnel optimization, marketing communications, strategy development, international marketing, and crafting effective marketing strategies. Beyond her professional life, Maria is an avid reader and passionate traveler. As a mother of two, she values the balance between her family and career, always seeking new horizons and growth opportunities.
Gil Lavi, 3D Alliances, Founder & CEO
Founder & CEO of 3D Alliances, a 3D printing consultancy company.
Tim Ruffner, 3D Printing and Production LLC, CEO
Tim Ruffner has been in the additive manufacturing sector for 15 years, helping to take multiple companies public. Tim was also instrumental in helping many start-ups in the AM community. Tim has spoken at hundreds of events and continues to educate the world on the benefits of additive manufacturing.
Roxanne Warren, BlueForge Alliance, Managing Director
Ms. Warren is Managing Director at BlueForge Alliance, an agile program integrator positioned to meet the intense and urgent demand to build capacity for the defense industrial base. We are a unifying organization converging technology, manufacturing, economics, and state and federal government to provide a forward-facing, federated umbrella with national visibility. She has 35+ years combined operations leadership, new product introduction, and program management experience across the additive and conventional manufacturing segments for defense, space, commercial aerospace, oil & gas industries as well as the software development marketplace. Prior to joining BlueForge Alliance, Ms. Warren served as Director, Operations and Program / Project Management for Morf3D, Director, Industry Partnerships for Link3D (acquired by Materialise), Director, Rapid Development Centersje for Norsk Titanium and Plant and Operations Manager for Arconic’s production additive manufacturing facility. Additional accomplishments include Sr. Program Manager roles for programs including the Snecma Leap Engine TiAl program and the BP Macondo Free-Standing Riser program supporting 1st oil delivery during the Deepwater Horizon recovery efforts.
Scott Volk, Advanced Additive Innovations Inc., Owner/President
Scott Volk, founder and owner of Advanced Additive Innovations Inc., is an experienced leader in Additive Manufacturing Technology and innovation with a demonstrated history of working with the Defense, Space and Aerospace, and Medical industries. In 1992, Scott’s journey in product development and manufacturing began with composite lay-up of small aircraft components. He quickly found a passion for creating and bringing ideas to life. From there, he was introduced to the Additive Manufacturing world. At Scicon Technologies, he started out sanding supports from SLA parts. He quickly learned and moved up through the ranks to shop manager and up to Head of Research and Development. From there, he went on to own a company where he produced props and sets for the movie industry, as well as providing consulting and prototypes for many other industries. After that, Scott moved to Chicago to lead a prototyping company to more efficient growth and functionality. Incodema3D became the next challenge where he helped develop the company from the ground up. Lastly, he spent three years leading Business Development and Strategy for Keselowski Advanced Manufacturing.
Danny Levy, Influit Energy, Product Architect, Hardware
Danny Jackson Levy is a multidisciplinary technologist leading hardware development initiatives of flow battery products at Influit Energy. He has spent the past decade serving prototype-to-production methodologies within the US commercial manufacturing sector and hard-tech entrepreneurship community. Danny specializes in agile product development, advanced manufacturing processes, 3D scanning/metrology, and design for X workflows. Encompassed in an enthusiasm to work on environmentally positive products is a deep desire to cultivate a more benevolent planet Earth.
Jason Lopes, Gentle Giant Studios, Director – Additive Manufacturing
Jason has played a pivotal role in shaping some of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters of all time using Additive Manufacturing. His remarkable credits include blockbuster hits like Avatar, Terminator Genisys & Salvation, Thor, Iron Man 1, 2, & 3, and many more iconic films and TV productions. His expertise in leveraging 3D printing technologies, 3D scanning, design, and modeling has been instrumental in creating stunning visual effects and products. As Chair for the SPE Additive Manufacturing TIG, Jason has demonstrated his commitment to advancing the field of additive manufacturing. He has been recognized for his contributions, receiving prestigious awards such as the Distinguished Innovative Operators Award (🦕DINO) in 2012 by the Additive Manufacturing Users Group and being named the 3D Printing Industry’s Maker of The Year in 2017. With his extensive knowledge and experience, Jason is a strong advocate for 3D printing and its applications across various industries. His passion for innovation and his dedication to educating others have made him a highly respected figure in the 3D printing community.
Joseph Bellis, Matsuura Machinery Ltd, AM Sales Manager
UK Supplier for Hewlett Packard MJF, Desktop Metal, Roboze, and DyeMansion Additive Manufacturing Technologies.
John Murray, 3D Systems Inc., VP, Global Industrial Segments & Motorsports
John Murray is responsible for growth of the company’s global industrial segments including aerospace, space, oil & gas, semiconductor, transportation and motorsports. Prior to 3D Systems, Murray was VP Business Development at Velo, President at KAM, and President & CEO of Concept Laser Inc., a subsidiary of Concept Laser GmbH. Murray has been engaged in additive manufacturing for 30 years establishing innovative applications for prototyping and production worldwide.
Elham Haghighat Naeini, Hitachi Energy, Scientist
I am an additive manufacturing scientist at the global research center of Hitachi Energy, located in Krakow, Poland. I am completing my Ph.D. in mechanical engineering with a special focus on developing an innovative method for printing aluminum alloys. As a scientist in the energy industry, I verify the best manufacturing technologies and materials for our application with special attention to sustainability.
David Maass, Flightware, President
Flightware’s principal, David Maass, is a consultant with 45 years’ experience in aerospace materials and process engineering, working for Primes, Tier I and II suppliers, and US Government clients. Flightware has performed multiple LPBF R&D contracts developing in situ monitoring and closed-loop control for the Air Force, NASA, and DLA. Extensive prior experience with aerospace composite design, analysis, manufacturing, QA, and qualification provides significant insight into similar challenges now facing Additive Manufacturing penetration into the same applications, markets, and regulatory environments. He holds an MS and BS in Aeronautical Engineering from MIT.
Julian Morbach, Dialogika GmbH, Design Engineer
Mechanical Engineer, additive Manufacturing Consultant, 3D Printing Enthusiast.
Jayant Mathur, The Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. Dissertator
Jayant has navigated multiple roles in additive manufacturing at startup and non-startup environments, offering value through technical case studies, customer needs analyses, and product design and manufacturing operations. His expertise lies in identifying opportunities for innovation with design for AM and delivering customer-centered solutions to support and encourage DfAM. Now a Ph.D. dissertator at Penn State, he is pioneering research on using virtual reality for immersive workforce development in additive manufacturing. The work has impacted over 300 design students in developing their technical competency with AM and problem-solving abilities with DfAM.
Maël Duportal, AP-HP, Additive Manufacturing and CAD Engineer
As a CAD and Additive Manufacturing Engineer at Paris Hospitals, AP-HP, I’m dedicated to pushing the boundaries of healthcare through cutting-edge technology. With a background in engineering and a strong commitment to improving patient outcomes, I thrive on creating innovative solutions that enhance medical processes and treatments.
Derek Jackson, J3D Technology, LLC, Founder
Helping others and teaching is my passion. My goal is to make the perfect print easy, using simplified processes and accessible education.
Milos Stankovic, Pyron Technology, Founder and CEO
Milos Stankovic, an international consultant at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in Serbia, offers expertise in digitalization, digital transformation, business transformation, and Industry 4.0 technologies to EBRD clients. Also, he serves as a Board Member of the Digital Transformation Alliance within the EU Tech Chamber (EUTECH) in Germany. He develops proactive strategies to establish Industry 4.0 standards, processes, and infrastructure. As Founder and CEO of Pyron Technology Milos helps clients define their digital transformation journey, focusing on Industry 4.0. He assesses customer needs and creates strategic digital transformation plans aligned with advanced design and manufacturing technologies. Milos held various positions, including Management Consultant and Technical Director. He played a key role in government-level projects related to digital transformation and Industry 4.0 initiatives in Saudi Arabia and the UAE emphasizing PLM, additive manufacturing and MOM solutions. Milos’s qualifications include a Master of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and is also a certified PMP and holds certification as a Digital Maturity Index Practitioner.
Mark Chester, MMU Printcity, Product Development Specialist
Mark Chester is the Product Development Specialist on the Centre for Digital Innovation Programme based in PrintCity Manchester Metropolitan University. Within his role, Mark is responsible for helping companies in the UK to create new products, processes and services utilising digital manufacturing technologies such additive manufacturing. Mark previously studied a BA in Product Design before transitioning across to a MSc in Digital Design and Manufacturing at PrintCity. He now specialises in consulting and applying new digital technologies into companies to enable innovation with a focus on 3D modelling and 3D scanning.
Arjen Dirks, UltiMaker, Director Community Software
Arjen Dirks is a seasoned expert with over 13 years of experience in the software industry. With a background in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Design Engineering, and Sociology, he brings a unique blend of skills to his role as the Director of Community Software at UltiMaker. Over the past 6 years, Arjen, together with his dedicated team, has been instrumental in leading the Cura team and later, after the merger with MakerBot, the Thingiverse team. Their collective passion for software and innovation has helped bridge the gap between technology and creativity, making 3D printing more accessible and user-friendly for enthusiasts and professionals alike.
Leif Tiltins, AON3D, VP Sales & Marketing
A mechanical engineer at heart and by degree, Leif Tiltins has spent the last seven years of his career at AON3D, helping hundreds of companies find high-performance thermoplastic-driven solutions to their additive manufacturing challenges.
Joe Fairley, Ascent Fabrication Inc., Owner, Certified Prosthetist
I am a 3D printing enthusiast with a passion for helping people surpass their goals after an amputation.
Kris Brickman, KB3D LLC, President
The proud president of KB3D – with a focus on the betterment of open-source hardware projects.
Glenn Ström, 3D Prima / Prima Nordic, Product & Marketplace Manager
Glenn has a long background in consumer electronics. He has been with 3D Prima and Prima Nordic since 2018, when the company employed only six full-time staff. He has since then helped the company grow in to being one of Europe’s largest distributors and resellers of both consumer and professional grade 3D-printers. Today, Prima has offices in three countries, cooperates with more than 50 different suppliers and manufacturers, and has a network of hundreds of resellers all over Europe. Close cooperation with manufacturers, suppliers, resellers, partners and end-users offers Prima a unique insight in today’s 3D-printing market.
Giles Gaskell, Pinnacle X-Ray Solutions, Additive Industry Specialist
Giles Gaskell has been working in the field of non-contact scanning for industrial inspection since 1997 and worked with many of Europe’s most prestigious design, engineering, and manufacturing companies before moving to the USA in 2004. Giles is a recognized thought leader and presenter on the subject of 3D Scanning and Metrology, DINO award recipient and Track Leader at AMUG and Event Advisor to the RAPID + TCT Conference. He works as Additive Industry Specialist at Pinnacle X-Ray Solutions LLC.
Amos Breyfogle, Pivot Innovation, Founder
For more than 15 years Amos has been fortunate enough to work at the forefront of additive manufacturing. During his tenure at Stratasys he was deeply involved with finding and refining many of the manufacturing applications of additive. He spent extensive time with many of the aerospace, automotive, Formula 1, and automation companies around the world. His passions lay in innovation and how things are made. When he’s not guiding mountain bike trips or leading sauna sessions, Amos is helping people and small companies scale their products and production globally all from his little slice of heaven down in Queenstown, New Zealand.
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