Eric is currently the Director for Structures Product Development and Additive Manufacturing Innovation within Boeing Commercial Aircraft.  In this role, Eric and his team are focused on developing and maturing airframe structural architectures for various future airplane studies as well as advancing the state of the art with regard to development and implementation of additive manufacturing concepts into future BCA products.

Eric has extensive BCA structures and technology development experience including aircraft development roles on the 777X folding wingtip and wing leading edges teams, the 787-9 mid-body, and 787-8 structural test for wingbox and airframe major test. Additionally, Eric has held roles in Engineering Core – leading the Structural Methods and Allowables, Structures Damage Technology and Structural Test Engineering teams.  Eric holds a BSME from the University of Tulsa and a MSME from the University of Iowa and has worked at the Ford Motor Company as well as the Boeing Company.


Jens Kroeger, Ph.D., is a materials expert at AP&C, a GE Additive company. A member of the Customer Experience and Materials Expertise (CEME) team, Jens works with both clients and the logistics teams to ensure that production requirements and client specifications are met. He has 11 years of experience in the manufacture of plasma-based materials, including metal alloy powders and nano-carbons. He has contributed to the development of ISO standards for nanomaterial safety datasheets and published over 20 peer-reviewed scientific articles or technical reports. After earning his PhD in physics at McGill University, Jens began his career as an NSERC industrial postdoctoral fellow in 2010.


Mr. May is the Founder and Managing Partner of CORE Industrial Partners and is responsible for overseeing all activities of the firm.

CORE is a Chicago-based private equity firm with over $700 million of capital commitments investing exclusively in lower middle market manufacturing, industrial technology, and industrial service companies. We believe we go beyond the traditional private equity approach and use our capital, insight, and unique operational expertise to build great companies.

CORE has been one of the most active acquirers of 3D printing and digital manufacturing companies in North America over the past several years. CORE’s current portfolio includes several 3D printing companies including Fathom (NYSE: FATH), 3DXTECH, Gearbox, Triton and Re3dtech.

Mr. May graduated with Honors from East Carolina University with a business degree. He currently serves on the East Carolina University Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors and is Co-Vice Chair of the Investment Committee. He is also Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board for Imerman Angels, a 501(c)(3) Chicago-based cancer support organization. He also is an active member of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization), a member of The Economic Club of Chicago, an Advisory Board member of the Industrial Exchange and obtained his Level I Sommelier accreditation from The International Sommelier Guild.


Over 30 years of Sales and Sales leadership experience leading small and large organizations, in the medical and dental segments. I am currently the Global Head of Dental Solutions for NEXA3D, prior to Nexa, I spent over 16 years building organizations specifically in the Dental and Orthodontics markets, as well as within 3D printing, with Align Technology (Invisalign) and Structo3D.


Ankit has pursued his Bachelor of Engineering, 2010 in Mechanical Engineering from RV College of Engineering, Bangalore and his Master of Science in Manufacturing Technology Engineering, 2012 from Warwick University, UK. He founded Objectify Technologies right after returning from UK in 2013, at SIIC Incubation Centre at IIT Kanpur. He has avid knowledge of Additive Manufacturing/ 3D Printing and seeks to take Objectify Technologies as not only a manufacturing service bureau but a thought leader and inform industries and individuals about the value 3D Printing can provide for the future of manufacturing.


Rebecca is a biomedical and materials engineer with 10 years of industry and research experience in Biomedical Design and Engineering as well as 6 years of experience in 3D printing and materials. After receiving a distinction for her Masters in Biomedical Engineering at Oxford University (2010), Rebecca was awarded a European Union Marie Curie Research Fellowship to complete her Doctorate from Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH, 2014). Rebecca’s expertise includes point-of-care additive manufacturing, bioactive glass research as well as shoulder, hip, and spinal implant design.

Rebecca has successfully merged innovative industry advances with sound research in the Defence, medical and additive manufacturing sectors. She has attracted over $3.3M in direct funds for a combination of industry led projects, direct industry funds, government grants, and contract manufacturing projects. She has led many bi-lateral and multi-lateral projects with diverse stakeholders including Government, Universities, Australian Defence Forces, and industry partners. Rebecca is a current External Member of the Defence Innovation Steering Group for the Australian Department of Defence, sits on the Additive Manufacturing International Standards Organisation TC261, holds a global orthopaedic implant patent and was awarded an Early Career Researcher Award (2020).


Working as senior Specialist Advanced Manufacturing Technologies at Makino.
Close to 40 years of experience in the manufacturing Industry involved in multiple areas.
– Machine tool business, looking after development of customer manufacturing processes as well as business development
– Cutting tool industry responsible for R&D and applications, involved in development of hard materials, coatings, and cutting technology like High-Speed Machining
– Setting up global distribution network
– Development of technology for adaptive machining for MRO business in aerospace in Asia
– Setting up operation in Southeast Asia for repair of aerospace components
– Since several years involved in technology scouting for the medium and long term at Makino. Through this I got involved in Additive Manufacturing since early 2016, involved in development of roadmap for AM for Makino. Currently supporting the roll-out from corporate point of view
– Working on total process chain solution for Additive manufacturing with strong emphasis on post machining.


Chris Schuppe began his career with Toyota in 1995 in Design and Evaluation. In this role he worked intensively to establish a North American supplier base, designing and testing Toyota’s North American vehicles and training in Japan. During this time, Chris had the opportunity to participate in and lead multiple lean events in Georgetown, KY, and in Japan.

Schuppe moved to GE Aviation in 2000 and spent 16 years in Engineering, working in systems, advanced turbine blade technology, mechanical systems, and externals integration. During this period, he held several roles of increasing responsibility including NPI team leader, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, module manager and subsection manager.

Starting in the late 2000’s, Schuppe started working in additive in various forms, including polymer and metal additive, as well as more advanced materials. Schuppe’s teams in Aviation led to the creation of the LEAP fuel nozzle; the GE9X additive part, including a first high-pressure, flight-capable aluminum heat exchanger; the GE Catalyst engine, which took 855 conventional parts and converted them to 12; as well as many others that are not public yet.

In October of 2016, Schuppe helped found GE Additive as the engineering integration leader for GE Additive and then led the GE Additive AddWorksTM team to accelerate additive adoption across all industries. AddWorks encompasses design, materials, industrialization consulting, low-rate production and prototyping. Schuppe now leads the GE Additive Engineering & Technology teams helping advance the state of the art of additive machines, applications and materials.


Haim Levi, VP Strategic Marketing at XJet has been active in the AM industry for 37 years, starting as co-founder of Cubital, one of the first AM vendors WW in 1985. Since then, he has held top level positions in Marketing and Business operations at leading innovative and technology-driven companies like Objet, Stratasys and XJet. With his vast experience Mr. Levi is one of the highly appreciated professional leaders in additive manufacturing worldwide.


Jochen Loock is an industrial engineer with 7 years of experience with Additive Manufacturing. He is responsible for Business Development at DB Schenker where he supports growing a digital warehouse for additive manufactured spare parts. Due to his former with Position at Fraunhofer IAPT where he consulted automotive companies like Stellantis (former Fiat-Chrysler Automotive) he has insights into AM automotive technology and market trends. In this talk he will speak about the impact of digital warehousing on the automotive spare parts business.