3D Printing News Briefs: February 19, 2020

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We’re starting with some business news, and then finishing with 3D printed fashion in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs. XYZprinting just opened a new 3D printing facility in Ridderkerk, and Ultimaker has added to its leadership team in order to support its global growth. Popular designer Julia Daviy recently presented her collection of Art Bags, made with sustainable technologies like 3D printing, at New York Fashion Week.

XYZprinting Opens New 3D Printing Facility

Earlier this week, XYZprinting opened a new 3D printing facility at its Ridderkerk headquarters in the Netherlands, which will showcase its advanced ecosystem of desktop and industrial 3D printers. This new in-house facility will support the development of its 3D printers, and the company’s client base across Europe, and will give current and prospective resellers the chance to test some of its available 3D printers, learn about system operations, and several post-processing techniques. The facility will host several workshops for SMEs, and will also house the company’s current 3D printer models, such as its da Vinci range and the binder jetting PartPro350 xBC, as well as future systems.

“From building the next generation of sustainable and functional materials, to facilitating precision across different sectors, 3D printing is entering the mainstream of manufacturing.  To make sure that we keep up with that demand, we are proud to open our facility’s doors and to be one of the few 3D printing brands with an on-premise demo facility like this that will help resellers explore our advanced ecosystem of 3D printers,” stated Fernando Hernandez, EMEA MD of XYZprinting. “It’s important for resellers and end users in the industrial sector particularly to see and feel the product they are buying, but the size and requirements of the printers doesn’t always make that feasible, so we’re looking forward to engaging and educating more business in 3D printing over the years to come.”

Ultimaker Expands Leadership Team 

In order to further support, and continue driving, its regional commercial success in the APAC, EMEA, and US, Ultimaker has expanded its leadership team by four. Sebastiaan Verhaar, Ultimaker’s new Chief Commercial Officer (COO), has over 16 years of experience working with large companies like Google, setting up and growing business development teams and international sales in multiple sectors, including SaaS, IoT, and telecommunications. He will help to motivate the company’s global sales efforts. To support Ultimaker’s ambitious plans for growth and help strengthen its global organization, Mariska van IJzerloo has been appointed as the Chief People Officer (CPO), responsible for Sustainability, HR, and Leadership Development. She believes that “steep organizational growth” can only occur if the people at the organization are also growing.

Siebe Beintema, the new CIO at Ultimaker, will help define the company’s IT strategy so that it better supports the IT-related teams’ growth and development. He was previously the CIO, and in IT Management, for companies like Thomas Cook and Lefebvre Sarrut Group/Sdu, and will be responsible for Ultimaker’s web development, software and services delivery platform, IT management, and web development. Beintema will be working closely with Paul Heijmans, who has been appointed the company’s VP Application Software R&D. He has over 20 years of experience in software engineering, including such skills as building software products and developing custom software, and will work to develop Cura and shape and execute Ultimaker’s software strategy.

Julia Daviy’s 3D Printed Handbag Collection at NYFW

Ecologist, clean technology industry manager, and clothing designer Julia Daviy has been creating innovative, sustainable garments, using 3D printing, over the last three years. At the September 2018 New York Fashion Week (NYFW), Daviy released the first wearable fashion collection in the US that only uses large-format 3D printing, and at this month’s Flying Solo Show at NYFW 2020, she stunned us all again with her new Morphogensis collection of 3D printed luxury bags. Linking couture fashion with theoretical biology – the morphogenesis process basically develops an organism’s shape – the sustainable bags can be considered functional objets d’art, and were all produced using 3D printing processes, including SLS, SLA, or Multi Jet Fusion. A simple line unifies the collection, and Daviy created different variations on that motif for all the bags, which feature a more than 92% carbon footprint reduction when compared with traditional leather bags.

“For some time, I have been looking to achieve zero- or even positive impact towards natural ecosystems through the transformation of standard manufacturing processes. Working in this direction, I discovered immense potential in the intersection of additive manufacturing technologies, computational design and an environment-centered approach,” said Daviy, who was inspired by Alan Turing’s 1952 research into the chemical process of morphogenesis. “The Morphogenesis collection is about far more than mimicking the natural patterns. It is rather about the solutions we use today to radically sustain the products in the fashion industry.”

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