New 3D printing hires at ARBURG, Fictiv and Autodesk, facility openings at Ohio State University and more

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Read on for updates on the latest appointments at Fictiv, Autodesk, Throughput Consulting and ARBURG, plus facility openings at Ohio State University and more. 

A row of ARBURG Freeformer 200-3X 3D printers.
ARBURG has appointed Pascal Laborde as the new boss of its French subsidiary. Photo via ARBURG.

ARBURG hires new subsidiary boss 

German 3D printer and injection molding systems manufacturer ARBURG has appointed Pascal Laborde as the new head of its French subsidiary in the Parisian commune of Aulnay-sous-Bois. Since taking up the role of Managing Director in November last year, Laborde has been responsible for leading an experienced pre-and-post sales team, with the aim of growing the firm’s France-based business. 

With a degree in sales and marketing, and having spent many years in the fields of machine construction and automation, Laborde has ideal credentials for the position. He also brings a number of polymer industry contacts with him to the role, and most recently worked for a medium-sized engineering firm, providing him with connections that should come in handy with the role’s networking requirements.

The subsidiary’s 1,600 sq. meter base is brand new as well, and the space will now act as a showroom in which the company can present its Allrounders and automation solutions to clients. Aside from selling, the facility is also set to be used for trials and training, potentially allowing visitors to experiment with custom molds as well as digitization initiatives in future. 

Fictiv appoints three Jabil alumni 

On-demand manufacturing platform Fictiv has appointed former-Jabil Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Joanne Moretti to its Board of Directors. Moretti brings decades of experience in leading sales and marketing teams at blue-chip firms to the role, including spells at Dell, HP and CA Technologies

Fictiv has also hired former-Jabil pair Todd Taylor and Michael Swartz, as its new VP of Applications Engineering, and VP of Enterprise Solutions for Consumer Electronics respectively. The appointments closely follow Fictiv’s $35 million funding round, and it’s hoped that they will help support the company’s plans for accelerated growth. 

“We are excited to add Todd and Michael to our growing management team, and are thrilled to have Joanne take a permanent leadership role on our Board of Directors,” said Dave Evans, CEO and Co-founder of Fictiv. “These new additions plus our recent fundraise will help us expand upon our leadership in the space.”

A Fictiv 3D printed part.
Fictiv has appointed three ex-Jabil members of management, as it seeks to accelerate its expansion. Photo via Fictiv.

Throughput beefs-up cyber security 

Wisconsin-based QMS software developer Throughput Consulting has hired Joe Coleman as a Cyber Security Officer (CSO). In his new role, Coleman will help clients to stay compliant with the NIST 800-171, CMMC and DFARS regulations, while working with colleagues to achieve further certifications for the firm’s product portfolio. 

Coleman brings over 35 years’ experience to the role, including a spell at GE Aviation, in which he trained aerospace designers/engineers to 3D print parts from start-to-finish. Given that Coleman has already used the company’s proprietary iBright AM system extensively at GE, while managing over 130 users as well, his transfer should prove seamless. 

“We’re very excited to have Joe on board,” said Todd Wenzel, CEO of Throughput. “His depth of additive manufacturing experience, combined with his expansive knowledge of our MES/QMS software, will complement our training team especially to those customers transitioning from prototype to full AM mass production.”

Autodesk makes leadership changes

3D design software developer Autodesk has appointed Debbie Clifford as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Effective March 8th, Clifford will return to the firm having spent 13 years at Autodesk before in various financial leadership roles, and oversee all aspects of its finance, accounting, tax, treasury, operations and investor relations teams. 

The company has also hired Raji Arasu as its Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Arasu, who is scheduled to join from software firm Intuit on April 19th, will take up responsibility for Autodesk’s technology strategy, ensuring alignment against its long-term priorities. In order to help Arasu bed into her new role, her predecessor Scott Borduin has announced that he will slightly postpone his retirement.

“Autodesk has long been one of the world’s most innovative companies, and I’m thrilled for the challenge and opportunity to lead a world-class team,” said Arasu. “It’s an exciting time to join the company, as we seek to deliver solutions that enable our customers to make an impact and achieve better outcomes.”

Autodesk CTO Raji Arasu.
Autodesk has hired Raji Arasu (pictured) along with Debbie Clifford as part of a refreshed leadership team lineup. Photo via Autodesk.

Ohio State opens clinical printing lab

Finishing this week with facilities, Ohio State University has put together an interdisciplinary research team at its new Medical Modeling, Materials and Manufacturing Lab (M4 Lab). By bringing together scientists from the university’s clinical and engineering institutes, the project’s organizers aim to develop novel 3D printed patient-specific medical parts. 

“The goal of the M4 Lab is to support the life-saving efforts of Ohio State’s medical professionals and faculty, by stimulating and centralizing research innovation around bioengineering, medical device development and clinical 3D printing,” explained Mary Hoffman Pancake, Program Manager of the M4 Lab. 

Already, the joint-team has managed to use a patient’s CT scan to create an exact replica of their mandible, which in turn, has been deployed by doctors to aid jawbone reconstruction surgery. What’s more, using the new complex’s extensive FDM, SLA and silicone-casting resources, the researchers are now able to fabricate 2-3 of these models per week, and apply them within real end-use scenarios.  

“As we think about personalizing medicine, we want to customize each reconstruction or make a special device that is custom-fitted to a patient’s specific anatomy,” added M4 Lab Director Kyle VanKoevering, who also specializes in tumors and cancers of the head and neck. “3D printing allows us to do just that.”

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