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Read on for the latest hires at Velo3D, Roboze, Azul 3D and Massivit 3D, and new 3D printing facilities from Anisoprint and more.
Velo3D expands European team
Beginning this week’s career updates, 3D printer manufacturer Velo3D has expanded its European team with two new appointments. Dr. Jose Greses has been appointed to the role of Managing Director and will be based between Germany and Spain, while Xavier Fruh has been hired as Sales Director, and will be located in France.
Grease joins Velo3D from European manufacturing firm GF Machining Solutions, having previously held a 14-ear stint at 3D printer manufacturer EOS. Meanwhile, Fruh brings years of experience in the welding sector, and most recently undertook business development activities around Europe for French industrial 3D printer provider AddUp.
“Expanding our footprint in Europe comes in response to new demand for the very highest achievable levels of metal AM quality that only Velo3D provides – as well as design freedom that can unleash innovation and improve competitiveness for industries such as aerospace, oil and gas, and alternative energy,” said Benny Buller, Founder and CEO of Velo3D.
Sandro De Poli joins Roboze Advisory Board
Sandro De Poli, Chairman of GE Aviation business Avio Aero, has joined the Advisory Board of industrial 3D printer manufacturer Roboze to support the company in its expansion plans.
De Poli began his career in the electromedical sector of industrial manufacturing firm Siemens before joining GE’s Medical Systems team in 1982. Since then, he has been appointed as President and CEO of GE Italy and Israel, and has been Chairman of the Board of Avio Aero since January 2019. Now, De Poli will support Roboze in achieving its technological and global expansion goals.
“Digitization will allow a greater level of control of all stages of the production process and of the way in which the machines work and are operated,” he said. “I chose to bet on Roboze because I recognize in its technological ecosystem, and in the vision of the team, exactly this high level of control and flexibility, with 3D printing solutions increasingly corresponding to the current and future needs of manufacturing, totally orientated to generate new frontiers of productivity.”
Azul 3D appoints Vince Anewenter to Advisory Board
Also making an addition to its Advisory Board is Illinois-based 3D printer manufacturer Azul 3D. Vince Anewenter, Director of the Rapid Prototyping Consortium at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, will join the company’s Scientific Advisory Board.
Anewenter serves as treasurer of the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) and provides strategic 3D printing guidance and new product development expertise to a consortium of 45 companies across the globe.
“Vince’s expertise in the additive manufacturing industry and his in-depth engagement and effort to advance the field will be invaluable as we prepare to launch our first commercial product,” said Cody Petersen, Azul 3D’s CEO. “We look forward to Vince’s continued engagement in product development and Azul 3D’s journey to deliver manufacturing-ready solutions.”
New hires and facility openings at Massivit 3D
Meanwhile, there’s lots going on at industrial 3D printer manufacturer Massivit 3D, which has announced a new Vice President of Business Development to further drive the company’s penetration into the large-volume 3D printing sector, and opened its Atlanta-based 3D printer experience center.
Industry veteran Ben Arnold will join Massivit 3D in the role where he will be tasked with leading the company’s efforts to expand its strategic partnerships, enter new verticals, and develop new business models for its technologies and products.
“We are excited to bring Ben Arnold onboard to drive our introduction into new industries and segments,” said Erez Zimerman, Massivit 3D’s CEO. “Our aim is to transform manufacturing of large parts. We continuously look for ways to make manufacturing of large parts faster, more efficient, and more cost effective through digital processes and in line with industry 4.0 needs to ultimately reduce lead times from weeks to days, and costs for manufacturers and service providers.
“We believe Ben is the right person to help us expand our business and capitalize on the combination of our groundbreaking current and future technologies, and growing market interest across multiple segments.”
Massivit 3D has also opened its Americas Experience Center in Atlanta, which will showcase the firm’s large-scale 3D printers and host live demos of its patented gel-based 3D printing technology. Spanning 6,400 square feet, the center is equipped with the company’s recently launched Massivit 5000 3D printer and its predecessor, the Massivit 1800, and will provide potential customers with advice, demonstrations, sample printing and training on the systems.
“This is an important milestone for the company, especially in the Americas region,” said Kevin Sykes, Massivit 3D’s North America President. “We are making a clear statement to the market with regards to our wide portfolio of available solutions and their ability to transform our customers’ business, design, development, and manufacturing processes.”
The experience center will help to reinforce Massivit 3D’s presence in North America, and is also set up to host the company’s upcoming Massivit 10000 system, slated to arrive in 2022.
Anisoprint begins EU production
Rounding off this week’s facility news is Anisoprint, a manufacturer of continuous fiber 3D printing systems, which has shipped its first machines from its Luxembourg production facility. Having shifted production to Luxembourg in 2020 after deciding to no longer rely on contract manufacturing, the arrangements and inspections have now been carried out and machines are on the way to the firm’s customers.
“Since the first launch of our products back in 2018, we constantly looked for an ideal manufacturing solution, trying to balance between the quality, customer proximity, logistics and lead times, predictability, cost,” said Fedor Antonov, CEO of Massivit 3D. “With the recent Covid-19 outbreak that disrupted all the supply chains, contract manufacturing did not seem to be the best option anymore. We had to take many more production steps under control to manage the quality and lead time expectations of our customers and partners.
“After a careful consideration of every option and location, we have made a decision to set up our own production facility in Luxembourg, next to our head office,” he continued. “We have been working on that move since last year and today we are proud to receive a ‘Made in Luxembourg’ label for the first batch of Composer 3D printers manufactured in our new facilities.”
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