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Legend Scott Crump

September 11, 2020

Filed under: 3D printing,additive manufacturing — Terry Wohlers @ 06:51

Scott is the inventor of the most popular method of additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing in the world. It is called fused deposition modeling (FDM), and about nine out of 10 AM systems are based on it according to our research for Wohlers Report 2020. I first met Scott in 1990 in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The purpose of the meeting was to learn about FDM, a process that few knew about at the time.

After 34 years, Scott spent his first day—last Friday—not working full-time for the company, transitioning from chief innovation officer to technology advisor to the board. Scott and his wife, Lisa, co-founded Stratasys in 1989. He served as CEO of the company for 25 years.

Having known Scott for 30+ years, I can say without reservation that he is one of the most approachable executives I know. His sense of humor and willingness to put himself out there is unusual in the world of business. He will do and say things that you may never see or hear from most executives, but that is what I like about Scott. I believe it is a big reason why he has been so successful and why so many people like and appreciate him.

Scott is not leaving the AM industry. He said we can expect to see him around, probably online and at in-person events when they resume. He will no doubt continue to make himself available for interviews by the media and press. To me, he is a model C-level executive that I hope others would follow. It is refreshing to hear about technology and strategy without a “sugar coating” and scripted text written by marketing groups or PR firms.

Scott has been an inspiration to many and instrumental in shaping the AM industry. Without his involvement, it would not be as vibrant in recent years. Thank you, Scott, and congratulations for what you have done.