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At the 2018 Midwest RepRap Festival [Image: Sarah Goehrke]

In 2015, I started writing as a freelancer for 3DPrint.com, which was at that time still a new publication. My first article ever was a profile of a startup called You3Dit, a service bureau that offers what it calls “Hardware as a Service.” You3Dit is still going strong today, but I’m sad to say that my career at 3DPrint.com is coming to an end. I’ve accepted a new position elsewhere, so today is officially my last day writing for the site.

It’s a bittersweet day. I’m excited to be starting a new career, and I will be staying in the industry, as I’ve taken a position as Content Marketing Manager with Dassault Systèmes. I’ll be working specifically with the company’s SIMULIA brand of simulation software, so I will get to experience a whole new facet of the 3D industry. Although I have written about simulation before, and we’ve covered SIMULIA at 3DPrint.com before, the world of simulation is a big and complex one, and I can’t wait to learn more about it – and help the rest of the world learn about it in turn.

Speaking of learning, the amount I’ve learned through working at 3DPrint.com is truly incredible. I’ve become well-acquainted with much more than just 3D printing – although saying “just” 3D printing is kind of like saying “just the world,” if you really think about it. Because 3D printing is all over the world, and has made its way into every aspect of life. I have learned about aerospace, science, medicine, industry, architecture, art, virtual reality, robotics, and more.

One of the things I will miss the most about working for 3DPrint.com is working with the incredible maker community. My most popular article ever was not about cancer treatment, or 3D printed rocket engines – it was about cat armor. That also happened to be one of my first acquaintances with what makers were doing with 3D printing, and I thought it was absolutely fantastic – as did thousands of readers. I have since written about and interviewed extremely talented makers, cosplayers, hackers and 3D printing enthusiasts whose creativity amazes me.

As a writer with 3DPrint.com, I have also been able to witness and write about history being made, from first-of-their-kind surgeries to first-ever 3D printed organs. I’ve been able to see the beginnings of 3D printing in space, and to follow its expansion. 3D printing in medicine and aerospace is among the most exciting things happening in the world today, in my opinion.

Next week I’ll move on to working with another exciting aspect of technology, but I’ll always appreciate 3DPrint.com for what it has taught me – and what it has enabled me to teach others. Soon another writer will step up to my old position, and will have the pleasure of meeting, interviewing, and writing about the brilliant community of people that makes up the 3D printing world. I keep coming back to the people as what I will miss the most, and I thank you for making my time here such a good one.

With former Editor-in-Chief Sarah Goehrke at RAPID 2016

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