The Personalities Who Shaped the Additive Manufacturing Market in 2023

Published on December 21, 2023 by Madeleine P.
3D Personalities of the Year 2023

As we approach the end of the year, it’s time for us to take a look back at the market, and at the personalities who have shaped the 3D printing sector in 2023. Whether they work in major corporations, startups or research centers, they have all had an influence on the additive manufacturing market, both on a local and a more international scale. Because behind the innovations and applications of this fast-growing sector, there are always teams and drivers pushing and encouraging this very growth. So we’ve decided to profile 10 personalities who, in our opinion, have contributed to the development of 3D printing in 2023. They are listed in alphabetical order (by surname): let us know what you think! Happy New Year to all!

Michiel Alting von Geusau, CEO, UltiMaker

Announced last year, the merger of Ultimaker and Makerbot, two leading companies in desktop 3D printing, has certainly been one of the most interesting of recent months, and it became fully effective in 2023. Michiel Alting von Geusau started up the new UltiMaker brand from September 2023. He has over 20 years’ experience in promoting, leading and managing growth in technology companies. His previous roles include CEO and CFO of Docdata N.V. and Global President of the Commerce and Lifecycle Services business unit at Ingram Micro Commerce & Fulfillment. Commenting on his entry into the world of 3D printing at the helm of UltiMaker, he said: “I am honored to become the CEO of UltiMaker and grow the adoption of 3D printing across the globe. I look forward to leading this innovative company with a bright future and industry leading products.”


Photo Credits: UltiMaker

Brigitte de Vet-Veithen, CEO, Materialise

Having joined Materialise in 2016 and served as Executive Vice President at Materialise Medical, Brigitte de Vet-Veithen was appointed CEO of the company in 2023. With over 30 years’ experience in the industry, including several years with Johnson & Johnson, she has grown the medical part of the Belgian company, which is now its most profitable segment.

Commenting on her new position, she said: “I am proud and honored to take the reins as CEO of Materialise, a company that helped create and continues to shape the 3D printing industry.  I celebrate our roots as 3D printing pioneers, but I am even more excited about our role as pioneers of tomorrow’s possibilities.”

Photo Credits: Materialise

Patick Farrey, CEO, SPE

With a degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Patrick Farrey is an entrepreneur at heart who was appointed CEO of SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) in 2017. He made his mark on the additive manufacturing sector this year, having been instrumental in the takeover of two companies specializing in 3D printing: 3Dnatives and ImplementAM. His aim is to make the technology accessible to as many people as possible, and to help professionals integrate it into their production processes.

Patrick Farrey, center, with the 3Dnatives executive team (photo credits: 3Dnatives)

Maria Forss, CEO, BICO

Maria Forss took over as CEO of the BICO Group, which specializes in 3D bioprinting technologies and medtech, this year. She has over 25 years’ experience in strategic marketing, management and sales, many of them in the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries. Previously, she worked at AstraZeneca and Vitrolife. Maria has also been involved in mergers and acquisitions, which is particularly relevant to BICO’s development.

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Photo Credits: Nicklas Elmrin

Aurélien Fussel, Program Manager – Additive Manufacturing, Alstom

Aurélien Fussel joined Alstom in 2007 and has held a number of management positions in areas such as innovation, product development and quality. In 2016, he began using 3D technologies within the French group, and has since led its additive manufacturing program. Very active in the market, he is participating in the growth of 3D printing in the mobility industry, convinced of the advantages it brings. In fact, Alstom passed the milestone of 150,000 3D printed parts this year!

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Photo Credits: IREPA LASER

Ishani Malhotra, CEO, Carcinotech

Ishani Malhotra is the CEO of Carcinotech, a MedTech startup she founded in 2018. It is the first company in the world to produce 3D-printed living micro-tumors from patient cells for analysis and testing of new drugs. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh with a postgraduate degree from Harvard Medical School, Ishani Malhotra has ten years’ experience in oncology and stem cell research. She has already won numerous national and international awards in the field of entrepreneurship and medical research. She was recently recognized as one of the 35 rising stars under 35 by Scottish Business Insider.


Photo Credits: The University of Edinburgh

Robin Simsa, CEO and Co-Founder, Revo Foods

After two PhDs in regenerative medicine and biomedical engineering, Robin Simsa founded Revo Foods in 2020 in Austria. This year, we’ve heard a lot about Robin Simsa and the company for the introduction of its 3D-printed plant-based salmon fillet “The Filet” to European supermarkets. Revo Foods’ mission is to combat overfishing by 3D printing plant-based alternatives to fish.


Photo Credits: Revo Foods

Nina Swienton, Chief Growth Officer, Nexa3D

Holding an Executive MBA, Nina Swienton joined Nexa3D in 2021 as Chief Marketing Officer after 7 years with Protolabs. She is now Chief Growth Officer at the American manufacturer. With over 20 years’ experience in the creation and development of brands, she is instrumental in the growth of the Californian company. The latter has been particularly active on the additive manufacturing market this year, announcing in particular the acquisition of Essentium, Addifab and XYZprinting’s SLS activities.

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Photo Credits: Nexa3D

Ye Tao, Founder and CEO, Bambu Lab

After a university education which resulted in a PhD in astrophysics and significant experience in the development of high-tech products, notably as a director at DJI, Ye Tao founded Bambu Lab in 2020. He has made our list of personalities shaping the 3D printing sector market in 2023 because Ye Tao has guided the company, which specializes in desktop FDM solutions, to rapid success and unprecedented development, leading it to become one of today’s most popular brands. Bambu Lab’s mission is to revolutionize 3D FDM printing, ultimately hoping to make it accessible to an increasing number of people.

Bambu Lab

Photo Credits: Ye Tao/ Bambulab

Valeria Tirelli, President and CEO, AIDRO

Valeria Tirelli has been President and CEO of AIDRO since 2012. This Italian company specializes in the additive manufacturing of metal parts for the oil and gas industry and has continued to enjoy many successes. After joining the Desktop Metal Group in 2021, Valeria Tirelli also guided AIDRO this year to another industry-wide milestone: AIDRO became the first additive manufacturing company in the world to achieve DNV certification for its two metal 3D printing technologies, namely binder jetting and powder bed laser fusion. Valeria Tirelli is also an active member of the 3D printing community in Italy, promoting activities and meetings with the Women in 3D Printing network to foster inclusion in the sector.

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Photo Credits: AIDRO

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