One of the original Co-founders of Shapeways, Robert Schouwenburg will be bringing his industry experience to expanding 3D Hubs’ presence in the North American market from their new U.S. headquarters at mHUB in Chicago.

“One of the things I learned early on is that 3D printing is only going to be a partial solution for manufacturing,” says Schouwenburg, “but more traditional technologies like CNC Machining and Injection Molding, are key to growing digital manufacturing and bringing the next phase of the industry to life. We’re at the start of ‘industry 4.0’, an era when automation and data exchange will accelerate manufacturing technologies, and 3D Hubs is uniquely positioned to become a leader in this upcoming industrial revolution.”

Strengthening the roots in USA

With our C-round funding, we’ve been able to further invest in our goal of making cutting-edge, high-quality manufacturing available to more engineers. The United States is a fastest-growing market, and the company’s decision to open an office in Chicago and appoint Robert to the role of Managing Director USA are two critical steps towards making 3D Hubs accessible to a broader community of engineers.

“I’m thrilled to have Robert leading our U.S. business. He has built an incredible track record in the manufacturing and hardware space and, with his extensive background in scaling companies, I’m confident that our U.S. business will continue to grow 150 percent annually. We plan to become the largest on-demand manufacturing solution in America and nobody is better equipped than Robert to lead our success. His talents paired with our platform create the kind of winning combination that gets us even more excited about the future. “

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