New 3D printing hires at Stratasys, PrintParts and 3DX, facility openings at Aerojet Rocketdyne and more

The nominations for the 2021 3D Printing Industry Awards are now open. Who do you think should make the shortlists for this year’s show? Have your say now. 

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Read on for career updates at Stratasys, PrintParts and 3DX, as well as the latest on Aerojet Rocketdyne’s newly-expanded 3D printing facility. 

A graphic depicting the current members of the AMGTA.
Stratasys has appointed a new VP of Sustainability following its recent accession to the AMGTA. Image via the AMGTA.

Stratasys hires Sustainability VP 

3D printer manufacturer Stratasys has hired Rosa Coblens as its new VP of Sustainability. In her new role, Coblens will help the firm work towards the four U.N Sustainable Development Goals that it recently integrated into its 2022 strategy, which include supporting responsible consumption, climate action, education and localized manufacturing. 

Coblens’ appointment follows Stratasys’ accession to the AMGTA as one of its founding members, and she will now serve on the organization’s board of directors. Moving forwards, the firm views its membership of the AMGTA as a commitment to using its experience of more than 30 years in the 3D printing industry, to help build a more circular economy, achieve climate action and make a real social impact.

“Climate change is a growing worldwide concern. It is our mission to translate our leadership in 3D printing into mindful business applications for our customers,” said Dr. Yoav Zeif, CEO of Stratasys. “This approach is aimed at assisting our customers in reducing their carbon footprint, with less dependence on mass shipment of inventories and parts, and localizing supply chains across industries.” 

Kerth to head ‘SmartParts’ R&D

3D printing service provider PrintParts has appointed Ashley Kerth as its Chief Product Officer and head of development for its upcoming ‘SmartParts’ technology, a material authentication and part traceability tool that was recently accepted into Microsoft’s Startups Program, thus its R&D has now gained further funding as well as support from an experienced consulting team. 

For his part, Kerth brings a wealth of 3D printing knowledge to the role, having held product management and strategy positions at HP, Oqton, and Autodesk. Kerth most recently worked at digital manufacturing firm Hexagon, where he was responsible for managing the strategy behind the company’s Smart Factory solution portfolio. 

“Working on a groundbreaking technology project like SmartParts is a unique opportunity to bring together 29 years of experience delivering manufacturing and digital solutions with a global network of relationships,” explained Kerth, “thus allowing additive manufacturing to truly scale to production and unlock the additive manufacturing 2.0 era.”

“Traceability and part serialization is a challenge that has yet to be solved for additive manufacturing.”

3DX Industries' HQ in Ferndale Washington.
3DX Industries has announced a significant expansion of both its operational and manufacturing teams. Photo via 3DX Industries.

3DX hires six in leadership revamp

Precision metal manufacturer 3DX Industries has hired six management and operational personnel that are designed to help drive it towards future growth. Starting with the firm’s Lean Initiative leader Charles Lukey, the manufacturing project management veteran is now set to train 3DX’s machinists in best practises within various production methods. 

Peter Divone Sr, on the other hand, is a chemical process engineer with more than 40 years’ experience in the industry, and he’s now working to help 3DX partner with universities as a means of expanding its footprint, while Ken Neal is a field engineer at Ingersoll Cutting Tools, who has recently agreed to assist with job quoting and related reviews at 3DX. 

Chris Camarra is also set to join the company’s investor relations team, bringing with him a strong network of public market contacts and knowledge of SEC/FINRA compliance issues, and Levon Barsoumian, a legal professional whose worked at Sanmina, Paramit Corporation, Western Digital, and Oliff & Berridge, is now being made responsible for assisting with initial IP audits of 3DX assets.

Finally, another legal expert, Delvecchio Parks, has agreed to serve as an advisor to 3DX as well, where he’s set to help conduct contractual agreements and other legal matters. According to the company’s CEO Roger Janssen, its hiring spree should allow it to “continue expanding within the 3D binder jetting space,” at a “rapid and steady pace.”

“You can never have too many qualified personnel on your team,” added Nicholas Coriano, VP of 3DX Industries. “We are fostering a culture where some of the brightest and best individuals can come together to form a team capable of making a massive difference in the way products are designed and manufactured, using 3D printing and cutting edge manufacturing techniques.” 

California Congressman Brad Sherman opening Aerojet Rocketdyne's expanded facility.
California Congressman Brad Sherman helped open Aerojet Rocketdyne’s newly-expanded facility. Photo via Aerojet Rocketdyne.

Aerojet Rocketdyne’s LA expansion 

We finish this week’s update with news from rocket and missile propulsion manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne, that it has completed a “major expansion” of its LA facility. Costing some $58 million, the upgrades now allow the complex to be used to support the production of next-generation RS-25 engines for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), which could return astronauts to the Moon as early as 2024.

As well as providing the firm with an extra 30,000 sq. feet of production space, the revamp has seen it install four SLM 3D printers, non-destructive inspection gear and a horizontal vacuum furnace. Moving forwards, each SLS first stage produced will pack four RS-25s produced at the facility, generating over two million pounds of combined thrust to launch future astronauts into Earth’s orbit.

“This expanded facility will serve NASA’s human exploration requirements for decades to come,” concluded Eileen P. Drake, Aerojet Rocketdyne’s CEO and President. “We’ve added state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities and other features to produce large RS-25 engine components more efficiently and economically [than before].”

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