New 3D printing facilities at Stryker, nFrontier, CAES, hires at Roboze, Nexa3D, Fictiv and more

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Read on for an inside look at Stryker and CAES’ new 3D printing facilities, as well as career updates from Fictiv, MachineWorks, Roboze, Nexa3D, Desktop Health, Wematter and more.  

Example of products from the Just in time implants project funded by Stryker and the IMRC. Photo via IMRC
‘Just-in-time implants’ 3D printed in one of Stryker and the IMRC’s previous collaborative projects. Photo via IMRC.

Stryker, CAES, NFrontier’s R&D facility news

Starting this week with facility openings, medical technology specialist Stryker has established its first base in Australia. Opened in Queensland, with support from the state’s local government and the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC), the new complex is set to bring together researchers, clinicians and 3D printing experts to accelerate R&D across the country. 

While the center’s unveiling is part of a five-year collaboration with five of Australia’s leading research institutions, including RMIT University, the University of Technology Sydney, University of Sydney, University of Melbourne and St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, the move is also part of the IMCRC and Stryker’s $18 million project, which aims to revamp the way tumours and bone cancers are treated. 

“With a thriving ecosystem of world-class research, science and health sector capability, Queensland was a clear choice for Stryker to establish an Australian R&D presence,” said Maurice Ben-Mayor, President of Stryker South Pacific. “Through our work with the IMCRC and university partners, we have come to an understanding of how vital collaborations of this nature are to research.”

Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions or ‘CAES,’ has also announced a new complex, with the aerospace electronics manufacturer revealing plans to build a 3D printing lab in Exeter, UK. Once finished, the facility is set to house LPBF, metal finishing and plating machines, which will be used as part of CAES’ joint research with SWISSto12 into the development of RF components for US aerospace clients.

“CAES’ investment in AM is a direct response to our customers’ next-generation design challenges for rugged, ever-smaller, and complex parts,” said Dave Young, CTO of CAES. “We are excited to help our customers maintain competitive leadership by delivering high performance, SWaP-optimized and mission-ready components.” 

nFrontier's Emerging Technology Center team.
nFrontier’s Emerging Technology Center (EmTeCe) team. Photo via nFrontier.

Over in Germany, venture builder nFrontier has facility news of its own, with the introduction of Franka Emika as the second founding partner of its Emerging Technology Center (EmTeCe). Launched last year, the complex is designed to combine eight ‘emerging technologies’ under one roof, creating a dynamic environment in which innovative ideas can flourish into marketable products. 

Franka Emika’s admission sees it join initial partner Stratasys on the project, and commit two of its tactile robots, as well as its latest software platform, to nFrontier’s ‘Pioneers Team.’ In doing so, the company aims to help the EmTeCe crew achieve its ambition of becoming one of the world’s leading international institutions for advanced digital design and product development.

“We are very proud to welcome Franka Emika as our founding partner for the important domain of tactile robotics, and are looking forward to exploring the full potential of their innovative kinematic technologies,” said nFrontier CEO Daniel Buening. “This commitment also shows Franka Emika’s visionary mindset in shaping the future of impact-driven product innovation enabled by technology convergence.”

MachineWorks' newly-appointed Consultancy Engineer Paul Druce.
MachineWorks’ newly-appointed Consultancy Engineer Paul Druce. Photo via MachineWorks.

MachineWorks grows consulting team

UK-based 3D printing software developer MachineWorks has hired two new Consulting Engineers for its sales and marketing team. Having licensed its MachineWorks or Polygonica SDKs to 15 new OEMs over the last fifteen months, the company has now decided to recruit, so that it’s able to support its growing number of evaluations and integrations. 

The first of these appointments, Paul Druce, recently completed his PhD in Mathematical Physics at Nottingham University, and has now joined as a Consulting Engineer, while the second, referred to only as ‘Richard’ by the firm, is a Derby University graduate with a varied history in software development, ranging from gearbox CAE to pharmokinetics. 

According to MachineWorks itself, these new hires will enable it to “proactively develop and deliver market-specific proof-of-concepts, example reference implementations and more developer-relevant technical marketing communications.”

Desktop Health selects strategy VP

Industrial 3D printer manufacturer Desktop Metal’s medical Desktop Health subsidiary has appointed Wally Renne as its VP of Clinical Strategy. In his new role, Renne is set to be responsible for conducting clinical studies that guide the direction of Desktop Metal’s product R&D, particularly in its dental division, as well as addressing the needs of patients. 

Given his contribution to the foundation of the Modern Optimised Dentistry (MOD) Institute, Renne brings a vast amount of experience to the position. In the past, he has also contributed to MOD Aesthetics, taught at the Medical University of South Carolina and been granted several dental-related patents, further cementing his suitability for the role. 

“Dr Renne is an outstanding addition to the growing Desktop Health team,” added Desktop Health CEO Michael Jafar. “With years of experience both as an active researcher and award-winning educator, Dr Renne knows what it takes to deliver patient success, and we’re thrilled to have him join our leadership team in this critical role.”

Desktop Health's new VP of Clinical Strategy Wally Renne.
Desktop Health has hired Wally Renne (pictured) as its new VP of Clinical Strategy. Photo via Business Wire.

Fictiv hires three in leadership rejig

On-demand manufacturing platform Fictiv has made three new hires that bring decades of 3D printing experience to its leadership team. Joanne Moretti has been named the firm’s CRO, in a move that sees her bring the knowledge she’s built up at tech companies like Jabil, Dell, HP, and in her previous stint as a Fictiv board member, to her new position. 

Bryan Painter and Mark Skoog also join as the company’s VP of Global Enterprise Solution Sales and VP of Marketing from Markforged and Stratasys respectively. Between them, Fictiv says that its new appointments will help “accelerate its rapid pace of growth,” specifically in expanding the adoption of its recently-unveiled enterprise solution. 

“I am excited to be back at Fictiv at this pivotal growth stage for the company,” said Moretti. “Over the last year, the need for agile, digitally-supported supply chains has only grown more urgent, especially amongst original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) across a variety of key industries.”

“Fictiv’s on-demand, sustainable solution is perfectly matched to this need, and I am eager to help deliver on its transformational promise.”

Wematter appoints Kennås as CFO

Swedish 3D printing OEM Wematter has announced the appointment of leadership veteran Henrik Kennås as its new CFO. Joining from healthcare technology firm Dynamic Code where he was COO/CFO, Kennås also brings buckets of experience from his time working in similar roles at Agricam and Applied Sensor, to the position he took up in Wematter’s management team back in August 2021. 

“For me, it was an easy decision to join the Wematter team,” said Kennås. “I want to be part of the company’s exciting journey. Wematter has potential and a strong drive to grow and make 3D printing technology available to so many more people.” 

Wematter's new CFO Henrik Kennås.
Wematter’s new CFO Henrik Kennås. Photo via Cision.

Roboze reveals double board hire 

Italian-American 3D printer manufacturer Roboze has appointed both Steven Gonzalez and Alain Harrus to its advisory board. Described by the firm as one of the world’s “major experts in the space industry,” Gonzalez brings more than 32 years of NASA expertise to the role, where he now aims to ‘redefine aerospace standards’ using Roboze’s Metal Replacement additive manufacturing technology. 

Likewise, industrial 3D printing expert Harrus has joined the company to act as an advisor to its executive teams on strategic growth initiatives. Harrus possesses considerable experience of leading electronics firms, as he is currently chairman of the board at Kateeva and was previously a partner at Crosslink Capital, a VC fund that he encouraged to invest in technologies like high-impact semiconductors. 

“Among the various manufacturers, Roboze has demonstrated a 3D printing technology that is the only real solution today, that can reshape the way things are produced with unique performance and process repeatability with a great positive impact on the world,” said Harrus. “I am happy to be able to give my contribution in the expansion of this great goal”.

“Additive Manufacturing is among the innovations that will help us respond to future global challenges that are increasingly critical and important for all of us.”

Nexa3D appoints comms director

Lastly in this week’s update, but by no means least, Californian manufacturer Nexa3D has hired Sarah Goehrke as its new Senior Director of Strategic Communications and Ecosystems.

Goehrke will be involved in communications and providing strategic direction around Nexa3D’s collaborations, staff training, and sustainability efforts, as well as heading up its involvement in trade organizations, planning industry events, and contributing to the newly-launched ‘Nexa Level’ magazine. 

“I have known Sarah for some time now, and greatly admire her strategic insights, deep industry connections, and the significant impact she is having, as a Women in 3D Printing leader,” said Avi Reichental, CEO of Nexa3D. “The entire Nexa3D team is thrilled to have a kindred spirit of the caliber of Sarah join with us – together, we are doing the best work of our lives advancing sustainable manufacturing.”

“I am grateful that Sarah Goehrke has joined Nexa3D and very excited to partner and collaborate with her to accelerate the impact that additive manufacturing can make on humanity and the planet.”

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