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Read on for the latest career moves and facility openings from BigRep, Sintavia, VELO3D, the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), Essentium, Boom Supersonic, Black Buffalo 3D, and more.
3D Print and Service Specialist at BigRep America
The US division of large-format 3D printer manufacturer BigRep is looking for a 3D Print and Service Specialist to join its team in Wilmington, Massachusetts. The role will involve supporting the firm’s service team and international sales through application and services consulting and training for its customers and resellers.
Alongside directly communicating with clients, the successful candidate will be responsible for operating BigRep’s 3D printers and print samples, evaluating and inspecting incoming CAD files, processing 3DPartLab jobs, and editing and optimizing 3D models.
Those interested in applying for the role of 3D Print and Service Specialist at BigRep America can find out more here.
AMTC appoints new MD
The Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre based at the MTC has appointed a new Managing Director to aid it in its mission to close the skills gaps currently threatening the UK’s manufacturing sector.
David Grailey was chosen for the role due to his 30 years of experience in the UK education and skills sector, having previously led two commercially successful qualification businesses. Grailey has held the role of Chief Executive of NCFE, one of the UK’s largest awarding bodies for vocational, technical, and academic qualifications, for 13 years, alongside several other education and skills appointments.
“I am delighted to be joining the AMTC team and the wider MTC team,” he said. “I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues to build on their success and reputation and find new and innovative ways of reaching greater heights.
“Leading and growing an important educational business such as the AMTC is a great opportunity to help more apprentices and existing manufacturers achieve higher skill levels, equipping them to be trailblazing for UK manufacturing and impacting on our global competitiveness.”
Sintavia forms advisory board
Meanwhile, Sintavia, an additive manufacturing service provider for the aerospace sector, has formed an advisory made up of leaders from within the aerospace, defense, space, and 3D printing industries. The board will meet throughout the year to assist the firm’s leadership team in establishing company goals and growth strategies.
The advisory board consists of Dr. Omar Fergani, the acting head of electronics OEM Atotech’s Industrial Digital Solutions division, alongside current Chief Operating Officer of Propulsion system manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne, Amy Gowder, and Teri Hamlin, the Head of Mass Transit for North America at global technology firm Siemens. Also joining the board is industry veteran John Hartner, CEO of binder jet 3D printer manufacturer ExOne, and Jeff Thornburg, the Founder and CEO of space technology company Interstellar Technologies.
“In many ways, Sintavia has always taken the lead in applying additive technologies across the aerospace, defense and space industry, particularly with respect to complex mechanical systems,” said Brian Neff, Founder and CEO of Sintavia.
“In forming an Advisory Board comprised of outstanding leaders across all of these sectors, we look to accelerate that leadership position.”
VELO3D announces new VP of Supply Chain Management
Elsewhere, metal 3D printer manufacturer VELO3D has hired James Shih as its Vice President of Supply Chain Management. Shih will primarily be tasked with building strong supply chains for the firm’s Sapphire 3D printing systems, while also ensuring healthy inventories across the company’s manufacturing and distribution facilities.
Prior to joining VELO3D, Shih held the role of Director of Supply Chain Management at green energy firm Bloom Energy, and has also spent time in supply chain and business development roles at Logitech and Foxconn.
“Companies are continuing to rethink how they set up their supply chain ecosystems to ensure they have contingency plans to secure necessary materials through multiple trusted suppliers,” said Benny Buller, VELO3D’s CEO. “We’re fortunate to have James join us with 20 years of experience in electronics, technology and energy sectors, as well as a history of working with suppliers around the world.
“By bringing him on to lead our supply chain efforts, we can poise ourselves for growth by building healthy, sustainable supply chains.”
Essentium’s “widespread” layoff
On a more gloomy note, several social media posts have surfaced from employees at industrial 3D printer manufacturer Essentium referencing a “widespread layoff” recently undertaken by the company. Despite the firm looking to complete its SPAC merger with Atlantic Coastal Acquisition to go public on the Nasdaq by the end of Q1 2022 in a $974 million deal, the firm appears to have laid off numerous staff last week.
Essentium has not commented on the layoff or the reasons behind it, and it is unclear how many people from the company have lost their jobs as a result. In a LinkedIn post, a former employee said he is now taking time to “digest the lessons of this failure” and that his “heart goes out to all the employees who lost their job” as a result of the layoff.
New facilities at Boom Supersonic and Black Buffalo 3D
Moving onto facility news now, and aerospace firm Boom Supersonic has announced plans to build its new Overture Superfactory in Greensboro, North Carolina. The 400,000 square foot factory will be the firm’s first full-scale manufacturing facility and will include the final assembly line, test facility, and customer delivery center for its upcoming supersonic airliner Overture.
The facility is expected to bring more than 1,750 jobs to North Carolina by 2030, expanding to 2,400 by 2032, and according to Boom Supersonic is projected to grow the state’s economy by some $32 billion over the next two decades. Production will begin at the facility in 2024, with the first Overture airline expected to roll out in 2025, fly in 2026, and carry its first passengers by 2029.
Meanwhile, construction 3D printing start-up Black Buffalo 3D is set to create more than 70 new jobs in Monroe County as it relocates its manufacturing operations from New Jersey to Pennsylvania.
The company is planning to construct a 150,000 square foot facility to manufacture its construction 3D printers alongside a 3D printing training facility, and has committed to investing more than $35.7 million into the project and creating the new jobs within three years.
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