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3D Printing News Briefs, August 19, 2020: Sigma Labs, GoProto, B9Creations

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With newly appointed executives at Sigma Labs and both GoProto and B9Creations ranking on a list of fast-growing private companies, we’re all business in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs.

Sigma Labs Appoints Senior Director of Business Development

AM quality assurance software provider Sigma Labs announced that it has appointed industry veteran Steve Immel as its Senior Director of Business Development, North America. Immel has held leadership roles at Materialise and 3D Systems, and led the Additive Manufacturing Lab and set up the Additive Academy at Jabil Additive. He often presents at industry conference and has contributed to many expert AM panels, and has written about many AM topics, particularly in his AM: Ideation to Industrialization blog. At Sigma Labs, Immel will engage with additive manufacturers, academic institutions, OEMS, and research institutions in order to expand the reach of the company’s PrintRite3D in-process quality assurance (IPQA) solutions.

“IPQA is the missing link in the production AM chain. I have known Sigma Labs for many years and consider them to be the pioneer in this domain. The company is clearly at an inflection point with their innovation in machine learning and the recent announcement of being selected by a global manufacturer as its preferred monitoring solution for 3D Metal Printers,” Immel stated. “I strongly believe in the Sigma mission, vision and solutions and am proud to be part of this talented team riding the additive wave into full-scale production.”

GoProto Ranks #3 on Inc. Magazine 2020 List of Fast-Growing Private Companies

GoProto, which specializes in quick-turn, on-demand, custom manufacturing and was one of the first six members of HP’s Digital Manufacturing Network, has been ranked as #3 in the Manufacturing segment, and #57 overall, in the business-media brand Inc. Magazine‘s annual 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the US. This list represents some of the most successful independent businesses in the nation, with names like Microsoft, Patagonia, Under Armour, and Zappos having landed on the list in the past. This year’s list was ranked according to percentage of revenue growth in comparing 2016 and 2016. GoProto boasts a growth rate of 5366%, which it attributes to an adaptive supply chain and massive customer base and the expertise that allows the company to offer end-to-end solutions across all manufacturing verticals.

“I am proudest that we were are a private business with minimal funding and we were able to build GoProto on the manufacturing success of our amazing customers and the hard work of our fantastic team members,” said Jesse Lea, President of GoProto.

B9Creations Also Ranks on Inc. Magazine List

But GoProto wasn’t the only company that made the prestigious list—global 3D printing solutions provider B9Creations also ranked. At #2,318, it’s in the top half of all US companies on the annual Inc. 5000 list. B9Creations serves customers, dealers, and strategic partners in almost 70 countries around the world, and in March of 2020 was ranked #112 on the magazine’s 5000 Series list of the fastest-growing private companies in the Midwest. The company has a three-year revenue growth of 180.93%.

“At B9Creations, we’re always listening to and leveraging feedback to drive technology developments – in our off-the-shelf additive manufacturing products as well as the customized solutions and services we create for customers looking for next-level performance at scale,” said B9Creations’ CEO, Shon Anderson. “We’re honored to be recognized as one of America’s fastest-growing private companies, and we’re honored to have the employees, customers and partners who’ve made this growth possible.”

The 500 companies from the Inc. 5000 list will also be featured in next month’s issue of Inc., which is already available on newsstands.

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