New 3D print jobs, dates and facilities at BigRep, Sintavia, VELO3D, MTC, Boom Supersonic and more

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Read on for the latest career moves and facility openings from BigRep, Sintavia, VELO3D, Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC), Essentium, Boom Supersonic, Black Buffalo 3D and more.

The BigRep PRO 3D printer. Photo via BigRep.

3D printing and service specialist at BigRep America

The US division of large format 3D printer manufacturer BigRep is looking for a 3D printing and service specialist to join its team in Wilmington, Massachusetts. The role will include supporting the company’s service team and international sales by providing application and service advice and training for its customers and resellers.

In addition to communicating directly with customers, the successful candidate will be responsible for operating BigRep’s 3D printers and printing samples, evaluating and inspecting incoming CAD files, processing 3DPartLab orders, and editing and optimizing 3D models .

Those interested in applying for the 3D Printing and Services Specialist position at BigRep America can learn more here.

David Grailey has been appointed Managing Director of the AMTC.  Photo via MTC.
David Grailey has been appointed Managing Director of the AMTC. Photo via MTC.

AMTC appoints new CEO

The MTC-based Advanced Manufacturing Training Center has appointed a new Managing Director to support it in its mission to close the skills gaps currently threatening the UK manufacturing sector.

David Grailey was selected for this position because of his 30 years experience in the UK education and skills sector, having previously managed two commercially successful skills companies. Grailey was Chief Executive of NCFE, one of the UK’s largest awarding bodies for professional, technical and academic qualifications, for 13 years, alongside a number of other education and qualifications positions.

“I’m excited to join the AMTC team and the broader MTC team,” he said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to build on their success and reputation and find new and innovative ways to reach greater heights.

“Leading and growing a key learning venture like AMTC is a great opportunity to help more apprentices and existing manufacturers achieve higher skill levels, empowering them to lead the way for UK manufacturing and our global competitiveness to influence.”

Two of Sintavia's M400 printers at its advanced manufacturing facility in Hollywood, FL.  Photo via Business Wire.
Two of Sintavia’s M400 printers at its advanced manufacturing facility in Hollywood, FL. Photo via Business Wire.

Sintavia forms advisory board

Meanwhile, Sintavia, an additive manufacturing service provider for the aerospace industry, has formed an advisory board composed of leading companies from the aerospace, defence, space and 3D printing industries. The Board of Directors will meet throughout the year to assist the Company’s leadership team in setting corporate goals and growth strategies.

The advisory board consists of Dr. Omar Fergani, acting head of electronics OEM Atotech’s Industrial Digital Solutions business, alongside current chief operating officer of propulsion system manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne, Amy Gowder, and Teri Hamlin, head of mass transit for North America at global technology group Siemens. Also new to the board are industry veteran John Hartner, CEO of binder jet 3D printer manufacturer ExOne, and Jeff Thornburg, founder and CEO of space technology company Interstellar Technologies.

“In many ways, Sintavia has always been at the forefront of applying additive technologies in the aerospace, defense and space industries, particularly in relation to complex mechanical systems,” said Brian Neff, Founder and CEO of Sintavia.

“By forming an advisory board composed of outstanding leaders from all these sectors, we want to expand this leadership position.”

Velo3D's new European technology center in Augsburg, Germany.  Photo via Velo3D.
Velo3D’s new European technology center in Augsburg, Germany. Photo via Velo3D.

VELO3D announces new VP of Supply Chain Management

Elsewhere, metal 3D printer maker VELO3D has hired James Shih as vice president of supply chain management. Shih’s primary role will be to build strong supply chains for the company’s Sapphire 3D printing systems while maintaining healthy inventory levels at the company’s manufacturing and distribution facilities.

Prior to joining VELO3D, Shih was Director of Supply Chain Management at Bloom Energy, a green energy company, and has also spent time in supply chain and business development positions at Logitech and Foxconn.

“Companies continue to reassess how they set up their supply chain ecosystems to ensure they have contingency plans in place to secure necessary materials through multiple trusted suppliers,” said Benny Buller, CEO of VELO3D. “We are fortunate to have James join us with 20 years of experience in the electronics, technology and energy sectors and a history of working with suppliers around the world.

“By getting him to lead our supply chain efforts, we can set ourselves up for growth by building healthy, sustainable supply chains.”

HSE 180-S 3D printer from Essentium.  Photo via Essentium.
HSE 180-S 3D printer from Essentium. Photo via Essentium.

The “widespread” dismissal of Essentium

Slightly more sinister, several social media posts have surfaced from employees at industrial 3D printer maker Essentium, citing a “widespread layoff” the company recently undertook. Although the company intends 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 company appears to have laid off numerous employees last week.

Essentium has not commented on the layoff or the reasons behind it, and it’s unclear how many of the company’s employees lost their jobs as a result. In a LinkedIn post, a former employee said he’s now taking the time to “digest the lessons from this failure” and his “heart goes out to all the employees who lost their jobs as a result of the layoff.”

New features in Boom Supersonic and Black Buffalo 3D

Moving on to facility news, aerospace company Boom Supersonic has announced plans to build its new Overture Superfactory in Greensboro, North Carolina. The 400,000 square foot facility will be the company’s first full manufacturing facility and will include the final assembly line, test facility and customer delivery center for the upcoming Overture supersonic aircraft.

The facility is projected to bring more than 1,750 jobs to North Carolina by 2030 and grow to 2,400 by 2032, and according to Boom Supersonic, the state’s economy is projected to grow about $32 billion over the next two decades. Production at the facility will begin in 2024, with the first Overture airline expected to launch in 2025, fly in 2026 and carry its first passengers by 2029.

Meanwhile, 3D printing startup Black Buffalo 3D aims to create more than 70 new jobs in Monroe County as it moves its manufacturing facilities from New Jersey to Pennsylvania.

The company plans to build a 150,000 square foot facility to manufacture its 3D printers for construction alongside a 3D printing training facility and has committed to investing more than $35.7 million in the project and within three years to create new jobs.

A rendering of Boom Supersonic's Overture supersonic aircraft.  Image via Boom Supersonic.
A rendering of Boom Supersonic’s Overture supersonic aircraft. Image via Boom Supersonic.

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