Desktop Metal Company Overview
Desktop Metal is reinventing the way design and manufacturing teams produce metal parts - from prototyping through mass production. Our team is built around the disciplines of materials science, hardware and software engineering, and design. We have raised $97 million in equity funding with investment from technology leaders including Google, BMW, Lowe’s, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Located just outside of Boston we are assembling a team of experts and are looking to hire curious and driven engineers, scientists, and designers.
Desktop Metal was started to address a problem—how to make metal 3D printing accessible for engineering teams. In 2013, CEO Ric Fulop began collaborating with world-leading experts in materials science, engineering, and 3D printing. Their work together over the course of two years drew multiple independent inventions together to form the basis for Desktop Metal’s technology:
1988 - “3D Printing” gets its name and Binder Jetting is invented by Ely Sachs (Co-founder) and colleagues at MIT
1997 - Metallurgy experts Animesh Bose (VP, R&D) and Randall German publish definitive book on Metal Injection Molding
2000 - Single-Pass Inkjet Technology is invented by Paul Hoisington (Chief Scientist for Inkjet Systems) and colleagues
2006 - 2011 - Major nanocrystalline and amorphous metals advances are made by Chris Schuh (Co-founder) at MIT
2015 - Desktop Metal is founded
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CEO and Co-Founder
Ric Fulop is the CEO and co-founder of Desktop Metal, a company committed to accelerating the transformation of manufacturing with end-to-end metal 3D printing solutions. Founded in 2015 by leaders in advanced manufacturing, materials science, and robotics, the company is addressing the unmet challenges of speed, cost, and quality to make metal 3D printing an essential tool for engineers and manufacturers around the world.
Prior to founding Desktop Metal in October 2015, Ric was a General Partner at North Bridge, a VC fund with $3 billion under management, for five years following a fifteen-year career as an entrepreneur. Fulop is the founder of six technology companies, including A123 Systems, Boston's largest IPO in the past decade and one of the world’s largest automotive lithium ion suppliers with revenue exceeding $500M in 2016. At North Bridge, Ric led the software and 3D investing practices, and was an early stage investor and board member in Dyn (acquired by Oracle for $600 million), Onshape, MarkForged, Salsify, Lytro and Gridco.
Ric is a former Board Member of the Electric Drive Transportation Association and holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School where he was a Sloan Fellow.
Co-Founder and CTO
Jonah Myerberg is a Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Desktop Metal where he is responsible for leading the technical direction of Desktop Metal’s 3D printing solutions. Prior to joining Desktop Metal in 2015, Myerberg held senior positions with a variety of organizations focused on high performance battery development, including Renovo Motors and Boston Impact, which he founded, and A123Systems. At A123Systems, Myerberg established and led the motorsports business unit which focused on the development of high performance batteries. His products were adopted by the majority of Formula One teams including the McLaren, Force India, Mercedes Benz, RedBull and other high profile motorsports teams like the Porsche 919 team which won the 24 hours of Le Mans in 2015 and 2016. He was also a race engineer for Porsche on the 919 team and for the Mahindra on their Formula E team. Additionally, he helped launch Gradiant Corp., where he managed the deployment and operation of large scale water desalination plants that converted fracking water into fresh water.
Myerberg earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing from Johns Hopkins University.
Ely Sachs, Ph.D.
Emanuel “Ely” Sachs, a pioneer of 3D printing, is the inventor of binder jet printing and a co-founder of Desktop Metal, a company committed to accelerating the transformation of manufacturing with end-to-end metal 3D printing solutions. Prof. Sachs is also a professor of mechanical engineering at MIT.
Founded in 2015 by leaders in advanced manufacturing, materials science, and robotics, Desktop Metal is addressing the unmet challenges of speed, cost, and quality to make metal 3D printing an essential tool for engineers and manufacturers around the world. As a visionary and inventor of the MIT 3D printing process and binder jet printing, Prof. Sachs has played a key role in the development of Desktop Metal’s mass production system, which builds metal parts in a matter of minutes instead of hours with high precision, single-pass technology.
At MIT beginning in the late 1980s, Prof. Sachs became a visionary in rapid prototyping. With colleagues, he developed the concept of 3D printing, ultimately allowing engineers to create functional parts rather than models or patterns for prototyping and testing, as well as for creating finished product components. 3D printing technology has since been applied to a wide variety of systems and application areas including metal end-use parts. His work in this area yielded more than 40 patents and launched a brand new industry.
Prof. Sachs became a member of the MIT faculty in 1986. In addition to 3D Printing, Prof Sachs is also known for his invention of conformal cooled molds and contributions to the manufacturing of photovoltaics, particularly for the invention of processes which make silicon wafers directly from molten silicon with no sawing required. He has co-founded several companies in this field including 1366 Technologies Inc, of Bedford, MA. He is also known for his work on process control of microelectronic manufacturing. He has been recognized for pioneering new approaches to teaching undergraduate education, focusing on active, hands-on participation by students in the discovery of knowledge. Sachs’ numerous honors and awards include membership in the National Academy of Engineering, the Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1995; the Institute of Corrosion’s T.P. Hoar Award in 2001; the R&D 100 Award in 2004; and the TMS Champion H. Mathewson Award in 2006.
Sachs earned his SB, MS and Ph.D., all in mechanical engineering and all from MIT. He has authored more than 110 technical papers and holds more than 55 patents.
Co-Founder and VP, Software Development
Rick Chin is a co-founder and Vice President of Software Development at Desktop Metal, where he is responsible for the development of a robust, effortless software platform for Desktop Metal’s 3D printing systems.
Chin is a veteran of CAD software beginning his career at Unigraphics and Parametric Technologies Corporation. He was the 10th employee at Solidworks and was responsible for the eDrawings product which has several million users. Immediately prior to co-founding Desktop Metal in 2015, Chin served as Director of Product Innovation at DS SolidWorks, where he led the team focused on the development and implementation of an Augmented Reality (AR) app for product design. Additionally, he helped launch the SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress product, enabling engineers to improve the environmental impact of their designs. Chin was also the founder of Xpress3D, a pioneering marketplace for 3D printing services acquired by Stratasys which served as the foundation for Redeye Parts/Stratasys Direct.
Chin earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He currently holds five U.S. patents for CAD modeling and related features.
Christopher A. Schuh, Ph.D.
Christopher A. Schuh is a co-founder of Desktop Metal, where he has helped guide the company’s advances in materials science. A leading expert in metallurgy, Professor Schuh also serves as the Department Head and the Danae and Vasilis Salapatas Professor of Metallurgy in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT.
Prof. Schuh earned his B.S. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He has published more than 220 papers and dozens of patents, and received a variety of awards acknowledging his research accomplishments, including his appointment as a MacVicar Fellow of MIT, acknowledging his contributions to engineering education, and his election as Fellow of The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society. In addition to Desktop Metal, Prof. Schuh has co-founded a number of metallurgical companies, including Xtalic Corporation and Veloxint Corporation.
A. John Hart, Ph.D.
A. John Hart is a co-founder of Desktop Metal. His expertise in the intersection of precision machines, materials science and additive manufacturing have been instrumental in advising Desktop Metal on the design and mechanics of its rapid prototyping printer. In addition, Prof. Hart serves as Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT where he leads the Mechanosynthesis Group. At MIT, Prof. Hart’s research focuses on advancing the science and technology of manufacturing, including additive manufacturing.
Prof. Hart has received numerous prestigious awards recognizing his accomplishments in research and teaching, and his impact on the development of innovative materials and manufacturing technologies. He has Ph.D. and S.M. degrees from MIT, and a B.S.E. degree from Michigan, all in Mechanical Engineering.
Yet-Ming Chiang, Sc.D.
Yet-Ming Chiang is a co-founder of Desktop Metal. As one of the top battery experts in the world, as well as a leading materials scientist, Prof. Chiang has been integral in Desktop Metal’s development of an office-friendly metal 3D printing system, as well as building out the company’s materials science team. Prof. Chiang is also the Kyocera Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT, where his research focuses on the design, synthesis, and characterization of advanced inorganic materials and related devices.
Prof. Chiang earned his SB in Materials Science and Engineering and his ScD in Ceramics, both at MIT. He has published approximately 200 scholarly articles and a widely-used textbook on ceramic materials, and holds about 20 issued patents and 30 pending patent applications (excluding substantially identical foreign filings).
Peter Schmitt, Ph.D.
Peter Schmitt is the Chief Designer at Desktop Metal, a company committed to accelerating the transformation of manufacturing with end-to-end metal 3D printing solutions. Founded in 2015 by leaders in advanced manufacturing, materials science, and robotics, the company is addressing the unmet challenges of speed, cost, and quality to make metal 3D printing an essential tool for engineers and manufacturers around the world.
At Desktop Metal, Schmitt leads the Industrial Design team responsible for designing the company’s metal 3D printing systems. Prior to joining Desktop Metal in 2015, Schmitt founded Original Machines Studio, a design firm dedicated to the idea of “Form Drives Function.” At Original Machines Studio, Schmitt’s work addressed contemporary challenges in digital fabrication and 3D printing: break away from old approaches to printing, reduce the inherent complexity and enable larger and more diverse audiences to claim authorship of physical, mechanical and robotic things. Previously, Schmitt served as Director of Design at General Sensing.
Schmitt earned his Ph.D. in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab and his Diploma in Fine Art, Sculpture, from the Academy of Fine Art in Düsseldorf.
VP of Engineering
Matt Verminski is Vice President of Engineering at Desktop Metal where he leads the company’s growing engineering team, comprised of more than 80 engineers. Together they are responsible for the development of the Desktop Metal’s metal 3D printing systems, DM Studio and DM Production. Prior to joining the company in 2015, Verminski was an initial team member and VP of Hardware at Kiva Systems (acquired by Amazon for $775M and is now Amazon Robotics). There he shepherded multiple generations of autonomous robotic systems from concept to volume production. Previously, he co-founded and led systems engineering for Mimio and was an early team member at PowerAdvocate.
Verminski earned his MS in Electrical Engineering from MIT and BS in Computer Engineering from Tufts. He currently holds 24 U.S. patents primarily in the areas of robotics and virtual transcription, with more pending.