The TCT Advisory Board
Alex Kingsbury is a well-known technical expert and social commentator on all things 3D Printing. Alex has worked in additive manufacturing in technology leadership roles for over ten years, having previously served as a Director of Additive Manufacturing at CSIRO, and as an Additive Manufacturing Industry Fellow at RMIT University.
For the last six years Alex has maintained Additive Economics, a private consultancy, to provide expert, strategic advice to investment firms, company boards, and government agencies on the commercialisation of and investment in advanced manufacturing technologies. Alex has engaged with and participated in the media in various professional capacities, and currently hosts a regular livestreamed show on the latest news in 3D printing.
In addition to Additive Economics, Alex is currently a PhD candidate at RMIT university studying alloy design for metal 3d printing. Alex volunteers as an independent expert on the Standards Australia additive manufacturing technical committee; she is also Chair of the Women in 3D Printing Asia-Pacific region. Alex is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Engineering from RMIT University.
AT 3D-Squared Ltd
Andrew’s passion for the industry goes back to the day he first heard about the technology and 29 years on, continues to grow.
Andrew started out, studying Art and Design at Wolverhampton University. He then went to work in a traditional hands-on model makers for 15 years, to working at Liverpool University’s PIDC. running a 3D Systems, SLA250 which he now owns and is still working.
Within two years, he was Senior Applications Engineer with 3D Systems introducing Rapid Prototyping into the Formula 1, Automotive, Aerospace and numerous customers Worldwide. Andrew then went on to work for various companies in the industry, until in 2007 he set up his own business At 3D-Squared Ltd. Which offers machine maintenance, consultancy, and 3D printing advice.
Andrew was the proud recipient of a AMUG DINO in 2016 and was Vice President of AMUG from 2019 to 2022. He also sits on TCT Expert Advisory Board, AMUK Steering Committee, Women in 3DPrinting Advisory Board and is a Create Education Ambassador.
Education is very important to Andrew, and he is ardent about promoting STEAM Education instead of STEM. Believing the Arts are just as important as other subjects. He looks forward to seeing how access to 3D Printing Technology can improve this in a way that no one gets left behind.
A few things you don’t know about Andrew, his hobbies include messing about on his old boat and vintage vehicles. “YES”, he’s produced 3D printed parts for them! He’s a keen Packers fan too. He is also a hands-on grandad who can fix anything.
Angie Szerlong is Group Director - AM Series at SME, and has more than 15 year of experience and exclusive focus on the additive manufacturing industry. She is a leading advocate for both the technology and its impactful adoption across key manufacturing sectors and industries. In her role as industry manager, Angie partners with industry leading additive manufacturing companies to help grow their market position, and works directly with several technical member committees to facilitate the acceleration and adoption of additive technologies across all of manufacturing. Prior to her current role, Angie was directly responsible in the production of RAPID+TCT, which has been named one of the country’s fastest growing trade shows by Tradeshow Executive. Her vast network of leaders, influencers, and advocates within the additive manufacturing industry is unrivalled, as is her passion for the opportunity and potential of additive manufacturing technology.
The University of Sheffield
Candice is a senior lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Sheffield. Her interest in Additive Manufacturing was inspired by a guest lecture during the final year of her degree, following which she chose to focus her career around understanding and optimising the interactions between materials and processes in powdered-polymer AM. She was awarded the 2011 International Outstanding Young Researcher in Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Award, given annually to recognise an outstanding young researcher in the field of freeform/additive fabrication early in their career, and was short-listed for the TCT Women in 3D Printing Award in 2022. She leads a team of staff and students in the Advanced Polymer Sintering laboratory at her Institution, as well as an administrative role dedicated to improving Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. She remains excited by Additive Manufacturing and its possibilities, as proven by her choice to have her wedding bouquet produced using Laser Sintering!
Carl Dekker is the President of Met-L-Flo Inc, a Contract Manufacturer specializing in 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing located in Sugar Grove, IL. They have been providing these services since 1991 and use multiple different technologies for their clients in primarily North America. Met-L-Flo is ISO 9001-2008 and AS9100D Certified and also ITAR Registered. Mr. Dekker has presented his work at various conferences globally and has been published in various industry journals. Currently the Past President of the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (past VP and Sec), Fellow of the ASTM Intl., Past Chair ASTM Intl. F42 Committee on Standards for Additive Manufacturing, and a Past Chairperson of the SME’s Rapid Technologies and Additive Manufacturing (RTAM) Community (formerly the RPA). He is also a proud recipient of the SLA “Dinosaur” award.
Professor Sutcliffe is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers he is the CEO of Meta Consultancy and has over 25 years of experience in Additive Manufacturing as an academic, practitioner and industrial executive, his career highlights are:
• He was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal in 2018 for achievement in Additive Manufacturing.
• His research teams’ project on feedback control of E-PBF won the Manufacturing Technology Award at the Institute of Engineering and Technology Innovation Awards 2019.
• He co-founded Fusion Implants manufacturing AM implants in the veterinary space.
• He co-founded Meta Additive, developing the fundamental IP for their innovative Binder Jet technology.
• He built the UK’s first ”classical” Laser Powder Bed Fusion machine in 1998/9,
• He developed fundamental techniques and IP/Patents and licenses for the production of porous materials by AM.
• He led the research team at the University of Liverpool responsible for the development of metallic AM orthopaedic materials.
• He grew and maintained the AM research group at the University of Liverpool for 15 years until 2018/19 overseeing all AM projects and developments including Laser, Electron Beam and BinderJet technology.
• He was the prime mover in Laser Powder Bed Fusion at MCP/MTT designing the SLM500/250/125 machines.
• He led the Renishaw AMPD design team developing the RenAM 500 platform.
• He led the funded projects team at Renishaw AMPD securing national and international funding for engineering programmes in AM.
• He has published over 100 papers on the science and engineering of Additive Manufacturing.
• He has been cited over 7800 times with an h-index of 47 (November 2021).
• He is the inventor of over AM 30 patents.
• He has supervised and graduated 20+ PhD students.
• He has been an industrial supervisor on numerous projects at various universities globally.
Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)
Dr. David Brackett is currently a Chief Engineer for the Digital Engineering Group at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC) network of advanced manufacturing research and development centres. This collective exists to support development of the manufacturing sector in the UK and their adoption of emerging technology.
David has worked in the field of additive manufacturing (AM) for many years since his time in the research groups of Loughborough and Nottingham Universities from 2006. Joining the MTC in 2015, he became Technology Manager for the AM team and part of the leadership team of the National Centre for Additive Manufacturing (NCAM) which is based at the MTC.
In 2022, he joined the Digital Engineering Group where he is responsible for technology strategy, technical governance, and strategic partnerships. The Digital Engineering Group consists of three departments of engineers: Manufacturing Informatics, Modelling & Simulation, and Metrology & Non-destructive Testing.
David also chairs the cross-HVMC AM capability working group which brings together representatives from all Centres to set the direction and create a coherent AM technology strategy and delivery plan. David is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Global Business Advisory Services LLC
David Burns is the Principal and Founder of Global Business Advisory Services LLC, an international advising firm specializing in the field of manufacturing technologies. With almost 40 years of experience, David provides insight to businesses and individuals focused on industrial and manufacturing processes ranging from traditional manufacturing to three-dimensional printing.
Previous to founding GBAS, David:
• Co-founded and served as President & COO of the ExOne Company, a NASDAQ listed 3D printing company out of Irwin, PA and the
• Served as President & CEO of the Gleason Corporation, a machine tool company headquartered in Rochester, NY.
David is Senior Advisor to the Association of Manufacturing Technology (AMT), where hepreviously served as Chair of the Board.
Filip Geerts, Director General of CECIMO, the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries and related Manufacturing Technologies. CECIMO represents the interests of the sector in the fields of economy, trade and science towards the European Union and globally.
Filip Geerts launched a strategy for supporting the development and dissemination of additive manufacturing (AM) in the European industry. CECIMO is monitoring trends in AM technologies, identifying opportunities, discussing policy and regulatory implications, and establishing a dialogue with EU policy-makers.
Filip Geerts is a professional in international, EU and national public and regulatory affairs. He is specialised in the management of corporate and governmental affairs departments of companies, national and EU trade associations and non-profit organizations. He was deputy-director for the largest Belgian association for the technological industry, public and regulatory affairs manager for IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa and secretary general for numerous European trade associations in e.g. the ICT, the electro-medical, lighting and environmental sector. He has degrees from Insead Fontainebleau and Singapore, London School of Economics, Vlerick, College of Europe, The Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve and the Catholic University of Leuven in commercial engineering.
University of Bristol
Dr Jennifer Johns is an interdisciplinary researcher working on digital technologies and value chains. Her work on 3D printing covers makerspaces through to industrial applications, with a keen interest in the impact of digitalisation on the geographies of production. Jennifer has received funding for her research from the British Academy and ESPRC and is currently working on a project developing a cloud and agent-based distributed manufacturing system, recently demonstrated at Formnext. In addition to academic publications, she has published industry reports and articles in Metal AM and TCT magazines, and regularly speaks at industry events.
Jeremy began his engineering career customising industrial electric motors to order. He completed a technical apprenticeship and followed this with a degree in mechanical engineering. He spent his early career as a production engineer for CNC machining and finishing processes before becoming a Development Engineer creating hardware and software for automated CNC machining centres. Jeremy first came across SLA in 1996 and became actively involved in Additive Manufacturing technologies in 2002 whilst working for Renishaw PLC. He went on to create a Rapid Manufacturing Centre producing electronic and mechanical prototypes as well as low volume production utilising both additive and conventional technologies. He managed and developed this department for 12 years before leaving Renishaw in 2016 to join biotech company Sartorius.
He is currently their Head of Additive Manufacturing managing the Global Additive Manufacturing Group. His role includes responsibility for the global Additive Manufacturing strategy across the Sartorius group. In 2012 he was voted into the TCT list of the top 25 most influential people in the world of Additive Manufacturing and in 2019 he was awarded the prestigious DINO award by the AMUG.
Jonathan Rowley is a qualified Architect who established and ran London based AM service bureau Digits2Widgets (D2W) for 8 years. What differentiated D2W's approach was the opportunity for clients to communicate their ideas and ambitions before printing anything. Through the privilege of working with an array of brilliant designers and innovative organisations across all fields of creative enterprise, a great deal was learned. Jonathan gained rare insight through matching designers’ ambitious hopes for 3D printing / Additive Manufacturing with the reality and was able to help clients reconcile this gap through the application of informed design.
He now applies this expertise through consultancy and education for Selective Laser Sintering and its specific DfAM. With a clear knowledge of the genuine boundaries and dynamic material properties of SLS, remarkable objects can be achieved. They go beyond simple shape making and can produce high quality, high value objects that both perform and economically stack up. Astute DfAM from the outset is key and makes AM look better.
In the world of 3D printing / Additive Manufacturing, the distinction between purposeful uses of the existing technologies and Science Fiction is often blurred. It is now relatively straightforward to distinguish the realistic applications of AM from the total non-starters. The fascinating projects are the "just mights", where the ability to design both with and around the technology's limitations can make these potentials a reality.
Jonathan's aim is to develop the widest possible DfAM understanding, so that any potential AM adopter has the best chance to reap the benefits that these remarkable technologies have to offer. Jonathan has collaborated on significant one off and production projects with major designers, artists and brands, including Ron Arad’s “Genius 100” 3D printed book for the Albert Einstein Archive at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is also on the steering committee of the UK DfAM Network and the TCT Editorial Advisory Group.
Kat started her career studying sculpture and fine arts, finding her medium in digital manufacturing. She has a diverse tool background, with experience in both traditional and additive fabrication and consults on early stage designs to provide insight through rapid prototyping. She has almost a decade experience supervising AM equipment and facilities, currently running the prototype lab at Peloton. Kat is the ambassador for the Women in 3D Printing chapter in New York City, and aims to empower creative freedom in communities through teaching and networking.
FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences
Kristian Arntz studied mechanical engineering and materials technology at the Technical University RWTH Aachen majoring in production technology. In his PhD thesis he developed a process model for “Multi axis hard milling of tempered high speed steel”. He worked as scientist in the Process Technology Department at the Fraunhofer IPT from 2003 to 2009, concentrating on HSC-, micro-and hard milling technology for tool and die making.
In 2005 he became head of the business unit "tool and die making" offering research and consulting for companies in that area which today is one of the most recognized institutions for mold and die making research in Europe. From 2009 to 2021, Dr. Arntz has been chief engineer of different departments at the Fraunhofer IPT focusing on advanced manufacturing, non conventional manufacturing technologies and process chains.
Dr. Arntz is a senior consultant, founder and associate of the WBA Aachener Werkzeugbau Akademie, founded in 2010. This company offers consulting, services and education for tool and diemaking. From 2015 to 2021, Dr. Arntz was founder and CEO of the ACAM Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing GmbH, a company offering R&D, services and further education all around Additive Manufacturing in an industrial partner network. Today he is a senior advisor for ACAM.
From 2022, Dr. Arntz holds the chair for manufacturing technologies and machine tools at the FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences focussing on advanced manufacturing and future machine tools.
Women in 3D Printing
Kristin is the founder and President of AM-Cubed, a commercial strategy and market development consultancy focused on supporting the commercial arm of those within, or looking to enter, the additive manufacturing and 3D printing space. Kristin is also President of Women in 3D Printing, a non-profit with over 30,000 men, women and non-binary participants and nearly 100 local chapters within 36 countries. In late 2022, Kristin co-founded ImplementAM, a case study-based advanced manufacturing workshop aimed at improving the awareness and knowledge of those looking to capture the value of additive manufacturing (AM) within their organizations.
Early in her career, Kristin received her M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from UCLA and joined Northrop Grumman as a M&P Engineer. She moved into the commercial side of technology upon receiving her MBA from the University of Southern California (USC) and led the commercial arm of a high-growth advanced materials startup before joining the 3D printing industry.
With experience across the entire additive manufacturing ecosystem, Kristin brings a uniquely high-level strategic view of the industry. Her time in 3D printing has included commercial leadership roles within HP, Nexa3D, LPW Technology (now Carpenter Additive), and Thermo Fisher Scientific. She now enjoys working with a myriad of clients on initiatives that capitalize on her engineering background, nearly 20 years of commercial leadership experience, and extensive network in the 3D printing space.
PrintCity (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Mark Chester is the Product Development Specialist and operational lead on the PrintCity Network Programme based in PrintCity Manchester Metropolitan University. Within his role, he is responsible for helping companies in the Greater Manchester area to create new products, processes and services utilising digital manufacturing technologies such additive manufacturing. Mark previously studied a BA in Product Design before transitioning across to a MSc in Digital Design and Manufacturing at PrintCity. He now specialises in consulting and applying new digital technologies into SMEs to enable innovation with a focus on 3D modelling and 3D scanning.
The Boeing Company
Melissa Orme, PhD, Vice President, The Boeing Company, oversees all Additive Manufacturing activity across all three Boeing business units: Boeing Commercial Airplanes; Boeing Defense, Space and Security; and Boeing Global Services; including metal and polymer flight hardware, as well as low TRL and translational research that enables product development, and tooling and factory aids that increase factory efficiencies. Orme is also responsible for guiding the development of the digital thread across the Additive Manufacturing value chain, and the implementation of data driven models from extracted and archived data from the digital thread, utilizing machine learning and artificial intelligence to drive efficiency, quality, and scale within the Additive Manufacturing end-to-end value stream. Other key responsibilities include the development of initiatives geared towards quantifying the positive sustainability trades associated with Additive Manufacturing.
Orme has a diverse professional background and began her career in academia, where she rose to the rank of Full Professor at the University of California, Irvine. In that capacity she developed her internationally renowned research program on net-form manufacturing, where her research resulted in numerous peer reviewed journal articles and 15 U.S. patents. Later, she transitioned to small business, where she served as Chief Technology Officer of Morf3D, a qualified supplier of Additively Manufactured flight hardware to Boeing and other Aerospace and Defense companies. Hence, she has deep experience in technology development through the diverse frameworks of academia, small business, and large corporations. Orme received her B.S. M.S. and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Mohsen Seifi is the vice president of global advanced manufacturing programs at ASTM International responsible for the AM center of excellence (AM CoE), Wohlers Associates and various advanced manufacturing related programs while leading a team of technical experts. In his role, he brings technical leadership to accelerate standardization activities across various ASTM technical committees as well as development of new AM standards related programs and services within diverse ASTM portfolios. He has 13+ years of experience in additive manufacturing managing and prioritizing several programs/projects in research/business environments. During his career, he has conducted programs funded by various government agencies. Additionally, he has an appointment as an adjunct faculty at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, USA. Part of his PhD work focused on rapid qualification methods for metal additive manufacturing processes.
Dr. Seifi has co-authored 40+ peer-reviewed publications that are cited more than 4000 times and presented 100+ invited and keynote lectures at various technical meetings, industries and government agencies while also receiving various technical society honors and awards. He serves on several advisory board positions supporting major AM programs.
Alpine Formula One
After a Spell in Cryogenics Pat started a career in Formula One and is currently employed by the Alpine F1 Racing Team. Having started with the team (then Benetton Formula) in 1988. Pat was one of the early adopters of additive manufacturing within Formula 1 when the team acquired its first Stereolithography machine in 1998. Since then the department and the applications have expanded rapidly from function fit prototypes to include on vehicle applications, production tooling, casting patterns and wind tunnel models.
In 2018, Pat was awarded the prestigious Distinguished INnovator Operator (DINO) award by the Additive Manufacturing Users Group
Added Scientific Ltd
Phill Dickens is a Founder of Added Scientific Ltd which is a company providing technical development expertise in the area of Additive Manufacturing. He was a Professor of Manufacturing Technology at the University of Nottingham.
Phill started work in the area of Rapid Prototyping in 1990 and was a pioneering researcher in this field working on processes such as 3D Welding and using copper coated Stereolithography models as electrodes for EDM. He founded the world’s leading Additive Manufacturing Research Group in the early 1990’s leading various research projects and securing one international patent which is still being used.
Phill has led international government missions, published widely, and given a number of international keynote speeches. He was a member of the Steering Group for the UK National Strategy for Additive Manufacturing. He was the first recipient of the International Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Excellence (FAME) Award in 2009, and was recognised as one of the most influential members of the additive manufacturing industry when he was inducted into the TCT Hall of Fame in 2020.
Reeves Insight Ltd
Dr Phil Reeves is a leading consultant on 3D Printing business strategy and investment. Phil has worked in the field of 3D printing for over 25-years, having gained a PhD in the subject from Nottingham University (UK) in the mid-1990s. Since this time, Phil has worked in many 3D Printing-related roles including R&D, business development, and corporate strategy. In 2003 Phil founded leading 3D Printing consulting firm Econolyst Ltd, which Stratasys acquired in 2015. Between 2015 and 2018, Phil was Vice President of consulting at Stratasys, the leading 3D Printing technology vendor. Phil is now managing director of 3D Printing strategy consultancy Reeves Insight Ltd, and a member of the board of 4D Biomaterials, a developer of bioresorbable 3D printing polymer.
Additive Manufacturing Solutions Ltd
Robert Higham is an experienced additive manufacturing specialist who has experience industrially and academically in the field.
Robert was responsible for the qualification and sign off of additively manufactured metallic hardware for commercial aviation industrially before joining the University of Bolton. Robert lead motorsports engineering and a variety of new course launches before creating the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing (CfAM).
Robert launched Additive Manufacturing Solutions Ltd. (AMS) in 2017. Robert is a Chartered Engineer and has experience across academia, motorsport, space and aerospace. Robert was responsible for qualification of materials, processes and parts produced by additive manufacturing most recently for Airbus before creating AMS. AMS was designed and aims to bring aerospace grade qualification, validation and operation capability to all corners of industry and at its core aims to support the industrialisation of additive manufacturing. To do this Robert is building a team that uses his experiences to support AM strategy, validation and training. Most recently AMS has launched an agile R&D service to bring knowledge, capability and outputs of an aerospace level R&D lab to any customer. This is done via the AMS Partner Network to bring a breadth of capability without the need for a single large entity.
Robin is a freelance additive manufacturing technical consultant. They were introduced to additive manufacturing whilst on placement for their undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and decided they never wanted to do anything else. Since then, they have taken on a diverse range of roles in various areas of AM, including a PhD in characterisation of high-performance polymers for laser sintering, a laser sintered orthotic for a Paralympic cyclist, and designing the steering wheel for Bloodhound SSC. Over the last 13 years, Robin has been involved in both industrial and academic research and development, from materials and processes to concept realisation and business case analysis. Robin is an advocate for greater diversity and inclusion within engineering, particularly encouraging and supporting women in the field, and promoting openness around mental health.
Ruaridh Mitchinson is a technology manager for the AM team at the National Centre of Additive Manufacturing (NCAM) based at The MTC, supporting NCAMs mission to accelerate the adoption of AM.
His experiences in AM have included building up and running AM operations and research teams. Including setting up and running a pre-production AM facility for PBF-EB for a large aerospace customer building flight worthy component.
Currently areas of interest include space applications in AM, developing large applications for PBF-LB, and commercialisation of AM.
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Sheku Kamara is the Dean of Applied Research at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) and has been involved in the additive manufacturing industry since 1996. He oversees the activities of MSOE’s Applied Technology CenterTM (ATC). The ATC uses MSOE faculty, staff and student expertise to solve technological challenges confronting business and industry. It is known for transferring technology to the marketplace. The center undertakes more than 200 industry-sponsored research projects that are focused on providing real solutions to some of industry’s biggest challenges every year. This work is completed through several centers of excellence within the ATC including the Fluid Power InstituteTM (FPI), Center for BioMolecular Modeling (CBM) and Rapid Prototyping Center (RPC).
Sheku is a technical advisor to the rapid + tct conference organized by SME, since 2004 and is past chair of the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) . This group consists of owners and operators of additive manufacturing equipment. In 2013, he managed the development of the Additive Manufacturing Body of Knowledge (AMBOK) and the Additive Manufacturing Certificate program for SME & America Makes.
Sheku holds the RTAM Master Level Certificate on additive manufacturing from SME and is a 2008 recipient of the prestigious Karl O. Werwath Engineering Research Award from MSOE. In 2010, he was named a Laser Sintering DINO (Distinguished Innovator Operator Award) from the Additive Manufacturing Users Group, for his contributions to the laser sintering technology and industry. Sheku holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with Honors from the University of Sierra Leone and a Master of Science in Engineering from MSOE. In July 2021 Sheku co-authored a book on the Fundamentals of Additive Manufacturing for the Practitioner.
Terry Wohlers is head of additive manufacturing market intelligence at ASTM International. He has provided consulting assistance to more than 280 organisations in 27 countries, as well as to nearly 200 companies in the investment community. Wohlers has authored 440 books, articles, and technical papers, given 170 keynote presentations on six continents, and appeared on many television and radio news programs. He is a principal author of the Wohlers Report, the undisputed industry-leading report on additive manufacturing and 3D printing worldwide for 26 consecutive years.
T. A. Grimm & Associates
Todd Grimm is 32-year veteran of the additive manufacturing/3D printing industry. From his work as a consultant, writer, author, speaker, editor and advisor, he was named as one of The TCT Magazine’s 20 most influential in the additive manufacturing (AM) industry and has been twice nominated for the TCT Hall of Fame.
Todd is president of T. A. Grimm & Associates, an additive manufacturing consulting and communications company. He has also served as an independent director on the board of directors of ARC Group Worldwide (NASDAQ: ARCW).
Presently, Todd is a columnist for Mechanical Engineering magazine, a publication of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. From 2011 through 2020, he has served as a columnist for publications including TCT Magazine. Engineering.com and 3D Printing Industry. Todd is also the author of User’s Guide to Rapid Prototyping.
Todd currently has served on the board of the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) as its AM industry advisor and on the TCT Expert Advisory Board. He is an advisor for the RAPID + TCT conference. He has also served as chairman of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ (SME) RTAM community.
Additive Manufacturing Specialist
Vesna Cota is the founder of VMMI and an additive manufacturing specialist. Cota currently serves on the board of directors for NSERC HI-AM, a Canadian Strategic Network for Holistic Innovation in Additive Manufacturing, the TCT Expert Advisory Board, the Toronto SME Chapter 26 and is the Toronto ambassador for Women in 3D Printing.
She served on the SME's Additive Manufacturing Community advisory board from 2007-16, on the SME Member Council from 2017-21 and on the Canadian ISO/TC261 Additive Manufacturing Standards Committee. A longstanding advisor for SME's RAPID + TCT and RAPID Canada conferences, she is a relentless promoter of additive manufacturing in Canada and an avid supporter of the AM next generation workforce development.
Cota received SME's President’s Award for outstanding service and the SME Award for Organizing and Implementing Chapter 26 Rapid Prototyping Seminar Series 1998-99. She was also a founding member and chair of the Engineering Design & Rapid Manufacturing Program Advisory Committee at Centennial College in 1999. Cota developed and delivered additive manufacturing training courses for Magna Inc. Management Training Program from 2000-03 as well as RP workshops for the Industrial Research Development Institute (IRDI). During 2003-04 term she served on Editorial Advisory Board of Design Product News.
Cota became an SME master-level Additive Manufacturing Certificate holder in 2005. She received her degree in architecture from the University of Zagreb, Croatia.