Ely Sachs, PhD
Co-Founder, Desktop Metal
Emanuel “Ely” Sachs, a pioneer of 3D printing, is the inventor of binder jet printing and a co-founder of Desktop Metal, a company committed to accelerating the transformation of manufacturing with end-to-end metal 3D printing solutions. Sachs is also a professor of mechanical engineering at MIT.
Founded in 2015 by leaders in advanced manufacturing, materials science, and robotics, Desktop Metal is addressing the unmet challenges of speed, cost, and quality to make metal 3D printing an essential tool for engineers and manufacturers around the world. As a visionary and inventor of 3D printing and binder jet printing, Sachs has played a key role in the development of Desktop Metal Production System, which builds metal parts in a matter of minutes instead of hours with high precision, single-pass technology.
At MIT beginning in the late 1980s, Sachs became a visionary in rapid prototyping. With colleagues, he developed the concept of 3D printing, ultimately allowing engineers to create functional parts rather than models or patterns for prototyping and testing, as well as for creating finished product components. 3D printing technology has since been applied to a wide variety of systems and application areas including metal end-use parts. His work in this area yielded more than 40 patents and launched a brand new industry.
Sachs became a member of the MIT faculty in 1986 where he serves as Fred Fort Flowers and Daniel Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He has been recognized for pioneering new approaches to teaching undergraduate education, focusing on active, hands-on participation by students in the discovery of knowledge. Sachs’ numerous honors and awards include the Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1995; the Institute of Corrosion’s T.P. Hoar Award in 2001; the IR&D 100 Award in 2004; and the TMS Champion H. Mathewson Award in 2006. In 2018, Sachs was inducted into the TCT Hall of Fame for his significant contributions in progressing the invention and development of 3D printing technologies.
Sachs earned his SB, MS and PhD, all in mechanical engineering and all from MIT. He has authored more than 110 technical papers and holds more than 40 patents.
Carl Deckard, PhD
Joseph Beaman, ScD, FSME
University of Texas at Austin
As the co-inventors of selective laser sintering (SLS), Carl Deckard and Joseph Beaman, were recognized for their significant and continued impact on additive manufacturing through the development of processes and technology applied in industry.
Deckard is an American inventor, teacher and businessman. In 2012, he co-founded Structured Polymers LLC, a company that develops novel polymers for SLS machines.
Beaman joined The University of Texas at Austin faculty in 1979 after receiving his ScD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in mechanical engineering. His career work has been in both manufacturing and control.
Dieter Schwarze, PhD
SLM Solutions GmbH
In 1989, Dieter Schwarze, PhD, began his research and development work on additive manufacturing and its commercialization. He is also one of the primary inventors of selective laser melting. In 2008, Schwarze joined SLM Solutions GmbH as a scientific coordinator and head of additive processes. In 2013, SLM produced parts with machines that were custom developed from a Franhaofer IIT spinoff where the hull was made of a thin shell with a core part and different laser power and spot size. Franhaufer was using this concept to improve productivity. SLM subsequently bought the license and used it for single crystal tune microstructure. In addition to having several other patents, Schwarze is the sole patent holder of this processing approach and previously studied physics at the University of Paderborn.
Hans J. Langer, PhD
Hans J. Langer, PhD, founded EOS in 1989, and over the years, developed the company into a market-leading pioneer in additive manufacturing. Today, Langer is the major shareholder, steering the strategic direction of the EOS group as its chief executive officer. He contributes more than 30 years of experience in sales and marketing of laser-based solutions. Langer's company has received several awards, among them three German “Top 100" Innovation awards for medium-sized enterprises and two German “Bavaria's Best 50" awards. In 2008, he was awarded the Bavarian State Medal. In 2011, Langer was ranked by the British additive manufacturing magazine, "TCT," among the 20 most influential personalities in additive manufacturing. Before founding EOS, his career included being managing director Europe at General Scanning Inc. On a scientific level, Langer worked at the Max-Planck-Institute for plasma physics and received his doctorate with a thesis on laser technology from Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich.
Greg M. Morris
Greg M. Morris was one of three principals and CEO of Morris Technologies Inc., a Cincinnati-based rapid prototyping, product development and engineering firm as well as a principal of Rapid Quality Manufacturing, an additive manufacturing production-oriented company, up until both were acquired by GE Aviation in late 2012. In Morris’ new role, he serves as strategy and business development lead for additive technologies within GE Aviation, as well as working closely with all of GE’s businesses to promote and integrate additive manufacturing into a broad array of products and processes. Morris has been involved in the additive manufacturing industry since 1994, has written numerous related articles and presented at various trade shows, including SME’s RAPID Conference & Exposition, Aerospace Design Expo, EuroMold, AeroTech, MoldMaking Expo, IMTS, PDx/Amerimold and AIRTEC. He is a community advisor for SME’s Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing Community, a RAPID event advisor and immediate past chair of both groups. Morris is a current member of the Dayton Defense board and Boston University’s Industrial Advisory Board. SME Member Since 2008
Charles W. Hull
Charles W. Hull is the co-founder and chief technology officer of 3D Systems. Hull is the inventor of the solid imaging process known as stereolithography, the first commercial 3D printing technology. With the founding of 3D Systems in 1986, he initiated the 3D printing industry and continues to lead it today with cutting-edge innovations ranging from state-of-the-art production 3D printers that have changed the game of manufacturing to the first home-certified 3D printing, the award-winning Cube. Hull is a named inventor on more than 60 U.S. patents, plus numerous other patents around the world, in the fields of ion optics and 3D printing. In 1994, he received the Jacquard Award from the Numerical Controls Society for his invention and commercialization of stereolithography. Hull received the 1995 Rank Prize, presented by The Rank Foundation in London, and in 1996, he received the William T. Ennor Manufacturing Technology Award presented by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Hull was named Entrepreneur of the Year for 1996 for high technology in the greater Los Angeles area by the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Institute. In 1997, he received the SME Albert M. Sargent Progress Award. In 2011, along with Avi Reichental, Hull was named Entrepreneur of the Year for manufacturing in the Carolinas. Prior to founding 3D Systems, he served six years as vice president of engineering at UVP Inc., a systems manufacturing company. It was at UVP that Hull developed and patented the stereolithography process. Before that, he spent 10 years as an engineering manager at DuPont’s Photo Products Division, concentrating on the development of analytical equipment for chemists, including mass spectrometer and GC/MS systems. Earlier in Hull's career, he was a senior engineer at Bell & Howell. He received a bachelor's degree in engineering physics from the University of Colorado in 1961 and an honorary doctorate in engineering from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom in 2005.
S. Scott Crump has served as the chairman of the board of Stratasys since the Stratasys-Objet merger and has been its chief innovation officer since Feb. 2013. Crump previously served as chief executive officer, president, treasurer and a director of Stratasys Inc. from its inception in 1988 until the Stratasys-Objet merger, and as chief financial officer of Stratasys from Feb. 1990 to May 1997. He was, with Lisa H. Crump, his wife, a co-founder of Stratasys Inc., and is the inventor of Stratasys' fused deposition modeling (FDM) technology. From 1982-88, Crump was a co-founder and vice president of sales of IDEA Inc., which later changed its name to SI Technologies Inc., a leading manufacturer of force, load and pressure transducers. He continued to be a director and shareholder of that company until its sale to Vishay Intertechnologies Inc. in April 2005. Crump holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Washington State University. SME Member Since 1994
Brent Stucker, PhD
University of Louisville
Brent Stucker is a professor of industrial engineering and Clark chair of computer aided engineering at the University of Louisville. Before joining the faculty at the University of Louisville, Stucker held faculty appointments at the University of Rhode Island and Utah State University. He was also a visiting professor at VTT Technical Research Center of Finland. Stucker's research is focused on additive manufacturing technologies and their applications, with a current focus on new materials development for biomedical implants and aerospace/defense structures using ultrasonic consolidation, laser deposition and laser sintering. Co-author of the textbook "Additive Manufacturing Technologies: Rapid Prototyping to Direct Digital Manufacturing," he has authored or co-authored more than 100 technical publications and is a named inventor on six patents. Stucker has received several awards, including the University of Rhode Island Outstanding Research Award in 2000, the Albert E. Carlotti Faculty Excellence Award in 2001, the 2005 “Dinosaur Award” from the Selective Laser Sintering Users Group and the 2010 Robert J. Painter Award from ASTM International. Recently, he one of three U.S. scholars to receive the Fulbright-VTT Grant in Science, Technology and Innovation. Stucker served as editor for North and South America of the Rapid Prototyping Journal from 2004-09. He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Idaho, and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University. SME Member Since 1995
A pioneer in his industry, Wilfried "Fried" Vancraen has been developing breakthroughs in the medical and industrial applications of additive manufacturing (AM) at Materialise for more than 20 years. From the very beginning, he has concentrated on researching and developing solutions for the transfer of data to AM machines. Today, there is an entire range of market leading software solutions offered by Materialise for use in the industrial and medical applications of AM. Software developed at Materialise has allowed the company, and many others like it, to get more out of the AM process and has pushed for the adoption of AM technologies in a growing range of fields. Vancraen also pioneered several major applications in the AM sector including stereolithographic medical models, colored stereolithographic medical models, perforated support structures, RapidFit Fixtures, surgical guides for oral and orthopedic surgeons, and automated hearing-aid design. Furthermore, as he strongly values the growth of the industry as a whole, he has long offered solutions developed at Materialise to others for the benefit of the entire AM industry. In 2010, Vancraen undertook two initiatives: the launch of the i.materialise website and the creation of the Additive Manufacturing Branding Initiative (AMBI). i.materialise allows consumers to express themselves by turning their ideas into 3-D reality. It also empowers consumers to create designs that enrich their lives and enables them to share their sense of beauty with the people around them by adding unique touches to their environment. Vancraen gave additive manufacturing another boost by uniting the industry leaders through the creation of the Additive Manufacturing Branding Initiative (AMBI), which unites the additive manufacturing industry with the intension of growing the market rather than fighting for market share.
Rethia B. Williams
The Boeing Co.
Rethia B. Williams has 30 years of engineering and managerial experience in material and process development and advanced manufacturing for aerospace and commercial products. She currently holds a senior project engineering position with the Direct Digital Manufacturing Team, Boeing Research & Technology. Williams' engineering career began in a high-speed production environment at Monsanto making nylon fibers for the textile industry. She then moved into the aerospace industry to develop and manufacture high-temperature composites and protective coating systems at Vought and later at Rockwell International, Rocketdyne Division. Williams worked on a variety of Department of Defense and NASA programs, including Peacekeeper, Atlas, Delta, Space Shuttle Main Engines, National Aerospace Plane, Space Station and several Advanced Programs. While at Rocketdyne, she was given a tremendous opportunity in the late 1980s to investigate an emerging technology, now known as rapid prototyping/direct digital manufacturing. A rapid prototyping (RP) lab was established at Rocketdyne in 1992, and Williams was the team leader who brought in the first DTM Sinterstation 2000. For her work in the RP field and for contributions on an important NASA contract, in 1994, Williams was the first female to be awarded Engineer of the Year at Rockwell International. In 1997, she left the aerospace industry to explore small business ownership. Williams shifted back into consumer products for the next four years performing CNC programming for large textile machines. In 2001, she returned to Boeing where she helped bridge the gap between development and manufacturing. Williams helped build the Boeing subsidiary, On Demand Manufacturing, from the ground level to meet F/A-18 production requirements. ODM was acquired by RMB Products Inc. in 2005 and is still producing high-quality F/A-18 parts for Boeing. She holds a BS in ceramic engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and an MS in materials science from Ohio State University.
Andrew M. Christensen
Medical Modeling Inc.
Andrew M. Christensen has been involved in the field of additive manufacturing for more than 13 years. During that time, his main focus has been on medical applications of these technologies. With a BS in marketing from the University of Colorado at Denver and a team of skilled engineers and artists, his company, Medical Modeling, has spent years finding value and promoting to surgeons the use of "tactile medical imaging. Surgeons the world over have since come to rely on these RP-generated models every day for the most complex reconstruction cases in specialties ranging from neurosurgery to orthopedic surgery to dental implantology. Some of Christensen's accomplishments include writing numerous clinical and scientific articles as well as three book chapters, helping surgical teams worldwide with 25 different sets of conjoined twins, receiving first place in the 2004 3D Systems' Excellence Awards, being honored as first place in the 2006 National Science Foundation "Visualization Challenge" and providing rapid manufactured EBM titanium mesh implants for cranial reconstruction of some 30+ injured soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center working in conjunction with Dr. Steve Rouse. Christensen has been an active SME member since 1998 and is a current RTAM/SME Community advisor. He is also a board member of the nonprofit World Craniofacial Foundation and holds a single U.S. Patent with several more pending. SME Member Since 1998
Prof. Dr. Gideon Levy
Inspire AG Institute for Rapid Product Development
Prof. Dr. Gideon Levy is research director of Inspire AG Institute for Rapid Product Development. While head of iRPD, when it was affiliated with FHS St. Gallen-University for Applied Sciences (St. Gallen, Switzerland), Levy led a team in the development of new, groundbreaking selective laser sintering materials. In doing so, he addressed key barriers, which resulted in the greater utilization of the technology. Users within the industry are constantly demanding more and more quality materials. Levy's team answered that call by making advances that delivered a combination of processing characteristics and quality. A member of SME and a fellow member at CIRP (The International Academy for Production Engineering), Levy has a Master's of Science in control engineering and a Doctor of Science degree in manufacturing technology. He holds 20 patents and has published 150 scientific and technical articles, and was named one of Time-Compression Technologies' (United Kingdom's) 25 Most Influential People in Rapid Manufacturing.