Where To Read: Exclusive Interviews

August 27, 2020

A big part of what I do in 3D printing journalism specifically is touching base directly with the additive manufacturing industry. That includes interviews -- a lot of interviews. I often tell people I am not myself an expert, but I know (and regularly speak to) the experts, those who are actually in the trenches, and the C suites, of these technologies.

 

 [Pictured are a few people I've interviewed recently: these all in the same day for Fabbaloo's Rapid Fire Interview Day]

 

Here are some exclusive interviews with some standout 3D printing industry participants:

 

3MF Consortium

Upon his appointment I spoke with new 3MF Consortium Executive Director Luis Baldez, who explains that the focus is on adoption now for the new Linux Foundation member:

Fabbaloo, July 2020: 3MF Consortium’s New Executive Director: “The Focus Is On Adoption Now”

 

AddiFab

3D printing + injection molding offers some intriguing possibilities, as AddiFab Inc. CEO Carsten Jarfelt revealed in one of our first conversations:

Fabbaloo, May 2019: AddiFab Intrigues With 3D Printing Freedom For Injection Molding

 

Aleph Objects

When the future of LulzBot was in question and the company seemed to be crumbling, I spoke to Aleph Objects Founder and Owner Jeff Moe for the inside scoop on exactly what was happening: 

Fabbaloo, October 2019: Exclusive Interview: Aleph Objects Founder On The Future For LulzBot

 

ASTM

As 3D printing continues toward real-world use in heavily-regulated industries, standards matter; ASTM International’s Mohsen Seifi, PhD, Director of Global Additive Manufacturing Programs offers insights:

Fabbaloo, November 2018: ASTM And Innovative Standards Development For Additive Manufacturing

 

Children’s Hospital Sant Joan de Déu in Barcelona

As a case study, I caught up with additive manufacturing specialist Arnau Valls Esteve to discuss in-hospital use of 3D printing, specifically with desktop systems:

All3DP, August 2020: Case Study: Why Hospitals Need 3D Printers

 

Danielle Boyer

Sure, I speak with a lot of execs -- but the most inspiring stories in 3D printing come from the next generation. Danielle is a brilliant educator, roboticist, and entrepreneur I had the pleasure of meeting last year, focusing on bringing STEAM to the next-next generations, authoring The STEAM Connection and a series of children’s books, as well as guiding a robotics team:

Fabbaloo, March 2019: A Conversation In STEAM: Part One / Part Two

 

Desktop Metal

The day the company announced its intent to go public, I spoke with CEO and Co-Founder Ric Fulop for insights into the strategy behind the move and what might lie ahead:

Fabbaloo, August 2020: Desktop Metal CEO: What It Means To Go Public

 

EOS

3D printing mainstay EOS has decades of perspective to offer -- a chat with Glynn Fletcher, President of EOS North America, about the maturing realities of additive manufacturing:

Fabbaloo, August 2018: “Wow” To “Now”: Additive Manufacturing Is Ready For Prime Time In Production

 

Essentium

2019 was an interesting year for Essentium; I spoke with Co-Founder and CEO Blake Teipel, PhD, for insights into industrial additive manufacturing as well as the Jabil v Essentium lawsuit in the headlines at the time:

Fabbaloo, August 2019: Exclusive Interview: Essentium CEO On Innovation, Future Of Industrial-Scale Manufacturing — Part 1 / Part 2

 

HP Inc.

A conversation with Christoph Schell, then HP's President of 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing, upon the opening of the company's new Center of Excellence:

Forbes, June 2019: HP’s Big Statements In 3-D Printing And Digital Manufacturing

 

I caught up with HP's Global Head of Customer and Market Development and Chief Sustainability and Social Impact Officer for two interviews at 3D Printing Media Network:

September 2018: J. Scott Schiller: HP focuses on reinventing with 3D printing, starting from the inside

September 2018: HP’s Nate Hurst offers a perspective on supply chain and sustainable impact

 

HP isn't best-known for its 3D printing activities, so I caught up with Annette Friskopp — Global Head & General Manager of the Specialty Printing Systems (SPS) group in the HP Inc.’s Graphics Solutions Business — to see how the company brought its internal resources together to meet external needs as the pandemic began to grip the world:

Fabbaloo, May 2020: HP Connects The Internal Dots To Mobilize 3D Printing: Part One / Part Two

 

Jabil

I caught up with Jabil’s Vice President of Digital Manufacturing, John Dulchinos, for a chat about the company's collaborations and strategies, and a follow-up featuring longer-term considerations of the industry:

Fabbaloo, July 2020: Jabil Updates On Additive Manufacturing Operations And Strategies / Jabil, COVID-19, And The Value Proposition Of 3D Printing In 2020

 

Jagiellonian University Medical College

Professor Klaudia Proniewska, PhD, of the Department of Bioinformatics and Telemedicine; and Professor Dariusz Dudek, MD, of the Department of Cardiology, Institute of Cardiology of this Kraków-based institution were keen to discuss the future of holography in healthcare:

Fabbaloo, August 2019: The 3D Future Of Healthcare Isn’t Only 3D Printing: A Conversation In Holography

 

John Hornick

When it comes to the legalities of 3D printing, few have the expertise that John Hornick offers. At the time of this conversation, John was Senior Counsel at intellectual property (IP) firm Finnegan, where he founded the 3D Printing Working Group; he is currently Chief Strategy & Communications Officer at nScrypt. He offers a look at IP concerns in additive manufacturing:

Fabbaloo, November 2018: IP, Law Enforcement, And 3D Printing: Interview With John Hornick

 

Kumovis

Medical 3D printing is a rising specialization for this technology, and Kumovis is seeking to make it push-button easy; I spoke with Stefan Leonhardt, one of two Managing Partners and four Founders, to learn more about the company's focus on medical device regulation:

Fabbaloo, May 2020: Kumovis Updates On Medical 3D Printing

 

Lynda McKinney

Senior communications professional Lynda Mckinney has significant experience in both agency and in-house work, and currently serves as the Head of Global Communications at Desktop Metal; she shares insights into the need for messaging to keep up with strategic pivots in difficult times.

Forbes, May 2020: Pivoting Strategy And Messaging In Additive Manufacturing During Crisis And For Reentry

 

Materialise

Few 3D printing companies have been around for three decades, but Materialise has -- Stefaan Motte, Vice President and General Manager of Software at Materialise, describes 3 decades in 3 stages:

Fabbaloo, August 2018: 3 Decades Of 3D Printing In 3 Stages

 

If you're ever talking co-creation, you're probably talking about (or talking to) Materialise; another chat with Stefaan offers a look at some of the company's approaches:

Fabbaloo, November 2018: Materialise Focuses On Productivity, Connectivity, Partnerships

 

Prusa Research

Founder and CEO Josef Prusa shared a look at his company's admirable quick pivot to pandemic-response design and 3D printing:

Forbes, March 2020: Making Made Right: This Czech Company Guides Global 3-D Printing Pandemic Response

 

Ricoh

Ricoh is a busy company, but what exactly is it doing in 3D printing? Mark Dickin, Additive Manufacturing & Moulding Engineering Manager at Ricoh UK Products, clarifies:

Fabbaloo, May 2020: Ricoh Europe Takes Control Of Its Own 3D Printing Destiny

 

RIZE

RIZE introduced the industry's first UL GREENGUARD 2904 Certified 3D printer and materials last year; I spoke with CEO and President Andy Kalambi about the significance of this achievement in a two-part interview for Fabbaloo:

October 2019: Rize Announces First UL GREENGUARD Certification: CEO Interview / The Significance Of UL GREENGUARD 2904 Certification In 3D Printing

 

The company's next 3D printer introduction, the 2XC, maintained this focus, and Andy and RIZE Founder and CTO, Eugene Giller added more to the story when we caught up in the spring:

Fabbaloo, June 2020: Not Slowing Down: RIZE Execs Discuss New 3D Printer, Alliance, Workflows

 

Stratasys x VA

Stratasys worked with the VA to help with high-tech mandibular reconstruction. Michael Gaisford, Stratasys’ Director of Marketing for Healthcare Solutions, and Dr. Beth Ripley, the Chair of the VHA 3D Printing Advisory Committee at Veterans Administration (VA) offered insights into the work:

Fabbaloo, December 2018: 3D Reconstruction With Stratasys And The VA, Part One / Part Two

 

XJet

I spoke with XJet CEO and 3D printing industry veteran Hanan Gothait in his first in-depth personal interview, delving into his family's deep history and his roots in additive manufacturing:

Forbes, October 2019: 3D Printing Entrepreneurship And Innovation: Behind The Scenes With XJet’s Hanan Gothait

 

In compiling this list, it occurs to me that I've done a significant amount of interviews -- these are just a few (a few!) that stood out to me from the last two years.

 

Not included here are many that took place during on-site visits to facilities around the world, which are plentiful enough* to merit their own compilation.

 

*Remember when we could travel freely around the world? Hopefully these will resume in time!

 

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