Raise3D Announces New Global CEO, Increased Focus on Professional 3D Printing Solutions and Materials in 2018
In 2015, a company called Raise3D got everyone’s attention with its N Series of 3D printers. The large-volume machines took off on Kickstarter and have remained popular, with the N2 making the 3D Hubs 2018 3D Printer Guide as a top Prosumer 3D printer. As the company continues to ride the success of its first series of 3D printers, it’s also looking toward the future, with planned new products and now a new CEO.
On January 1st, 2018, Diogo Quental will step into the position of global CEO for Raise3D, succeeding current CEO Edward Feng. Quental has been with the company since September as VP for Strategy, Partnerships, and International Business Development.
Feng will remain with the company to coordinate the newly created Strategic Committee. He will offer support to Quental and will engage with partners and investors to garner support as the company scales up on a global level.
“This is the perfect time for Raise3D to do this change,” said Feng. “We are proud for what we achieved so far with the current level of organization, but we needed a different type of governance to scale up the full operation. Our decision was to make a clear separation between the on-going operation that will be managed by Diogo, and the strategic direction of the company which will be coordinated by me.”
Quental is a graduate of ISAG – European Business School and received an MBA from INSEAD in 2003. He entered the 3D printing industry in 2011 and co-founded GetReady4 3D. He served as CEO at BEEVERYCREATIVE for two and a half years and has more than 25 years of professional experience.
“Despite having joined Raise3D only a few months ago, the experience of belonging to this team is one of the most rewarding I ever had. Three global offices, in 3 very different cultures, with amazingly talented teams contribute to the goal of raising the standards,” said Quental. “I am very honoured with this new position and I do feel the responsibility of it. But I also know that there’s a long road of improvements ahead and that more comprehensive solutions still have to be offered to Corporate Customers.”
Quental has a lot of ideas for the future of the company, and tells us that he is looking toward 2018 as a year with some shifts in perspective.
“In 2018, we will change our market approach from a customer/product oriented to a customer/solution one,” he told 3DPrint.com.
“This will allow us to start implementing, still during 2018, manufacturing solutions based on 3D Printing. We expect to see a part of the industrial printers’ market shifting to solutions based on professional printers.”
He also points toward Raise3D’s 3D printing materials business.
“By the end of Q1 2018, as a result of the on-going ‘Open Filament Programme,’ we expect to start announcing several new technical filaments, from other brands, that are fully compatible with our printers,” he told us.
“The printing settings to be used with those filaments will be available to all users. Currently, there are 20 filament manufacturers participating in the Programme.”
Raise3D has grown to become a global company, with headquarters in Shanghai, Rotterdam and California. Quental’s career has taken him to multiple countries, giving him the kind of global experience that will make him well-suited to lead the company as it continues to scale up around the world.
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