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CEO Summit

May 27, 2010

Filed under: additive manufacturing — Terry Wohlers @ 08:09

The additive manufacturing industry’s first CEO Summit was held on May 19, 2010 in Anaheim, California. It coincided with the RAPID 2010 and 3D Imaging Conference & Exposition. The Summit was originally scheduled to be held on April 21 in Leuven, Belgium at the Materialise World Conference and Visionary Summit on Additive Manufacturing. Dust clouds from the Iceland volcano prevented most CEOs and others from traveling to Belgium, so it was postponed until last week.

The purpose of the meeting was to brainstorm ways in which the major stakeholders in the additive manufacturing industry could create greater awareness of the technology and collectively expand the market. The initial consensus was to explore the possibility of securing a world-class public relations agency that could represent the industry.

I truly hope that this event marks the first in a series of meetings where top managers work together, at some level, to expand the market. For many years, these companies have competed, some aggressively, but have done little to cooperate. I believe they can do both.

Among those in attendance were CEOs from Arcam, Envisiontec, EOS, Stratasys, 3D Systems, and Z Corp. Wilfried Vancraen, managing director and chief executive officer of Materialise, organized the meeting and led the discussions.