Taking the Long View of EnvisionTEC —

Nancy has been with EnvisionTEC from the beginning – actually from before its beginning.

Before Al Siblani invented his first 3D printer and founded EnvisionTEC, he had a company that serviced the industry’s earliest 3D printers.

“We provided filament for the FDM machines, powder for the SLA machines, and paper for the LOM machines,” Nancy recalled. “It was a booming little business.”

That company was called Sibco, and Nancy worked there with one other person who handled shipping — for a total of three employees. She went on to become one of the first employees at EnvisionTEC. For a while, she worked for both companies at the same time.

So, you might say Nancy did a little bit of everything in those early days: accounts payable, receivable, payroll, ordering shipping. “Whatever needed to get done,” she said.

As EnvisionTEC has grown over the past 15 years, to more than 200 employees globally today, Nancy has marveled at what Al, along with all the skilled and hardworking employees who have joined the company, have accomplished.

Nancy gives Al credit for always pushing the company to grow, with an eye on the future, and she has always had confidence in his ability “to make things work and to move forward.” That’s especially true when it comes to products.

“If we didn’t have a good product and if we weren’t satisfying customers, then we wouldn’t keep growing,” she said. “But it’s impossible to not also recognize the talented team that has been assembled over the years, too,” she added. “They’re definitely foundational to the success of the company,”

Today, however, EnvisionTEC has grown so much that Nancy is surprised to discover she doesn’t always know everybody in the global operation.

“When I think back that it was just Al, me and a shipper, and today when I walk in the back office, I don’t even know all their names – it’s incredible,” she said.

Nancy also marvels at the technology, especially the 3D-Bioplotter, which is being used to make living organs and medical implants in research for eventual use.

“It just sounds like something out of a Sci-fi movie. But, that’s where we’re at,” Nancy said. “That’s the progress that we’ve made from the days of selling filaments, powder, and other consumables to customers for their machines. Now, here we are. We’re selling our own machines.”