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Additive Integrity in 2019: Ever Onward


Oh, the places you'll go in the 3D printing industry: October 2018 marked my first-ever visit to Israel.

Happy New Year!

2018 is officially over, and what a year it was in additive manufacturing. With new technologies alongside advances in established processes, with new applications and materials, new participants and partnerships, and "serial production" abuzz, the year has left quite an impression.

Retrospectives and predictions are everywhere in 3D printing media this week. I'm getting personal here.

In 2018, I took a major leap. I chose to leave a comfortable position as the Editor-in-Chief of an established industry site and forge a new path. While perhaps a keyboard may not seem as daunting as a machete, it's still a trick to clear new pathways. It was the right choice for me, and I've been incredibly fortunate to have excellent company along the journey so far.

Badges from three years of reporting as the Editor-in-Chief of 3DPrint.com.

From a supportive partner encouraging me to not just follow my dreams but build completely new ones to a rockstar designer helping to build my branding (Haley Mortensen is remarkable for any illustration/design needs) to trusted bankers and accountants checking my paperwork, establishing Additive Integrity LLC was a group effort. It takes a village to raise a business.

Actually getting down to the business of the business was something of a relief following all the behind-the-scenes work.

Through Additive Integrity, I appreciate a unique position to curate my partnerships and it is an utter pleasure to be working today with a remarkable pool of talented people around the world.

Team Fabbaloo in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada: Marney, me, Kerry, Emelia.

In August, Fabbaloo officially relaunched as I joined that team as the new Managing Editor. Working with Kerry on the editorial side and with Marney and Emelia on the business end has been a refreshing delight. Fabbaloo remains my primary client and main focus through Additive Integrity. On a day-to-day basis, I'm curating, editing, scheduling, and writing Fabbaloo content. We publish daily, but we're not a "daily news" site, per se; there are several excellent publications in the 3D printing space that offer looks at the press releases, and we're positioning ourselves a bit differently. Kerry launched Fabbaloo in 2007 (!) and we're taking that extensive industry-watching experience to dig in to what makes the industry tick. Interviews, insights, analysis, predictions, comparisons: we're having a great time exploring the hows and the whys behind the whats. For Fabbaloo, I've already gone from Canada to Chicago to Israel to the UK to Germany to report straight from the world of additive manufacturing. Look for more to come in 2019 as we have some things in store with new partnerships, more feedback-based content, and more on-the-ground exploration.

I've also been enjoying the opportunity to work with other great media sites: major thanks to Davide and Tess for having me pop in at 3DPBM and to Anatol and Mathias for the chance to weigh in each week at All3DP with an industry digest. Later in the year, I appreciated the opportunity as well to sign on with Forbes.com as a regular contributor. I look forward to continuing to get un-hyped 3D printing perspective to broader audiences. Even if their style guide does make me hyphenate "3D".

Away from the media but not the keyboard, through Additive Integrity I've also been able to work directly with the industry itself. From blogs to byline