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 but had an attitude that stood out above the rest. His previous experience with mechanical applications and with a very hands-on approach to work meant that he fitted into the early workshop environment well. He now manages the day to day running of the company, providing technical support to clients and overseeing the larger projects for the company. Connor also manages the newest members of the team to bring them up to 3DPRINTUK’s high-quality standard.
My background is a little different to the others, I started out my working career running my own Tree Surgery company, but became inspired by the use of 3D printing in the medical field. My passion however has always been mechanics and actually making things, 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 number of applications for 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.
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 our Systems Manager, developing our front and back end systems to make us more efficient and to create a better experience for our customers to use. He also works on the web side of things as well as lending a hand to our customer support team when needed. 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 and was immediately enthused by it. Gradually I’ve moved away from 3D Product Design and into a more business minded systems development role, mapping and creating workflows and user experiences and having a lot of fun here while doing it.
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.
Kirby is the newest member of the team, joining us in April 2017. He arrived with shining recommendations from previous colleagues and experience in post print processing having previously worked at iMakr. He is hard working, has a great attitude and his knowledge of 3D printing, as an owner of FDM printers is an added bonus. The ideal person for post processing and dispatch manager.
I have been working, designing and experimenting with smaller desktop 3D printers for 3 years. From that experience I knew 3D prinitng was the industry I wanted to build my career in. 3DPRINTUK is the place to start that journey and specialise in the world of professional SLS 3D printing. I also like doughnuts, video games and candy.
Adrian joined the team in 2017 to support Kirby in managing post production and dispatch. Along with his background in civil engineering, his attention to detail, hard working attitude and fantastic personality made Adrian a perfect match for the role and for the team.
I have a background in civil engineering and graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering before coming over to the UK. I have always kept my options open and searched for jobs in other fields of interest but I’ve always had a personal interest in 3D printing. I became aware of 3DPRINTUK through social media and followed their progress through various channels. When I got the opportunity to join this innovative team I had “no choice” but to take it.