Nick Allen – Director
Nick set up the company in early 2011, just before the big 3D printing boom. He’s a trained product designer who founded the company to bring a friendly and trustworthy face to the UK 3D printing industry, and is quite a skeptic of his own field and will not sell you something if he thinks you can get it done better elsewhere! Having worked with the machinery day in and day out, Nick has developed an unparalleled knowledge of his machines and his industry!
3D printing is the best tool for product development and low volume production, I love it, and think it has massive potential to change a lot of things, but honestly feel that it is over hyped by the media… but don’t let this put you off – it’s still super-awesome, I wouldn’t have worked my b***s (cotton socks) off if I didn’t believe in it!
Flint – Studio Dog
Flint has been with the company since 2014. He had an immediate effect on our open days and team trips to the pub. We’ve never lost a part since he’s joined as they can always be found inside the dog. He works for food and is scared of everything.
My favourite toy is Mr. Walrus, I liked the chicken but then his head came off. I get a little excited around women and I struggle with stairs but I make up for it in kind.. I also like sausages.
Fred is the problem solver! During his early years here he helped to streamline our processes, but after our move into CAD design, Fred became our lead designer. With a degree in Product design from Cardiff University, and previous experience of running his own design company he was the perfect candidate. In his time working in the industry he has helped to design, build and develop hundreds of products almost entirely from idea’s alone.
From the first moment I was introduced to 3D printing, I was intrigued and drawn in by the hype. During my degree at Cardiff Metropolitan University I was able to experiment with the technology and incorporate it into my product designs. However, now that I work in the industry I have adopted a much more realistic outlook on the technology’s uses and how it may develop in the coming years. 3D printing is awesome but I believe the genius lies in the designer who is able to utilise the technology.
Connor joined the team in 2013, he started as an intern with no previous experience of 3D printing or CAD software, but had an attitude that stood out above the rest. His previous experience with mechanical applications and having a very hands on approach to work meant that he fitted into the early workshop environment well. He now looks after the machines, provides technical support and manages the larger projects for the company, while helping out the newest members of the team to get to grips with the processes.
My background is a little different to the others, I started out my career as a Tree Surgeon, but became inspired by the use of 3D printing in the medical field. My passion however has always been mechanics and actually making things, and after realising that I needed to be a doctor to be involved with that sector, I started exploring other uses of the industry. It was here at 3DPRINTUK that I realised the sheer amount of uses of the technology.
Jason is the sensai of team with 27 years martial arts training. His background in graphic design and marketing made him an ideal addition to 3DPRINTUK. He now heads our web & marketing team to help us continue our growth for years to come.
I was looking for a change in career as I had been a graphic/web designer for 10 years previous to joining 3DPRINTUK. I went along to the 3DPrintshow where I saw first hand the potential of 3D printing – it completely blew my mind. Having always loved making things, prototyping and modelling – I had to get into the world of 3D. Happy Days!!
Chris started at the same time as Jason and the two of them made such a great team that we had to get them both on board. He’s involved in web and 3D design, creating new systems and order management as well as managing the logistics and converting DICOM files for print. He has a masters in Product Design and a great personality to match.
I was first introduced to 3D printing whilst studying Product Design in the super equipped School of Engineering at the University of Leeds. It took me a couple of goes at getting things right which was the perfect grounding going forwards. I’m now enjoying seeing how others approach design and learning from their mistakes as well as my own.
Tom has been with us for a while, he started off as a freelance model painter but officially joined the team to head up the finishing department in 2015. He is also in charge of our postal department and makes sure that all of your parts are taken care of and with you before your lead times.
I have always been into scale models and painting. I love to experiment with finishes in order to fulfil the brief whatever the challenge.
Josh joined us in October 2015 after impressing us with his interests while meeting at the 2015 New Designers Show in London. He fought off some tough competition and has taken on the model and build processing as well as looking after the machines, learning from the teams combined experience.
I got my first taste of the industry with a 3D printing and model making company after finishing university. Knowing that this is what I want to do, I dotted around some more 3D companies looking to get my foot in the door, it wasn’t long till I found 3DPRINTUK where I will be at the forefront of 3D printing and model making, jackpot.