An early adopter of technology his whole life, Peter isn’t surprised he ended up in a critical role at one of the leading global 3D printing companies. He jokes he was the first of his friends to start texting on a Nokia in the late 1990s.
After more than a decade developing and educating customers about new digital tools in the dental field, such as digital intraoral scanners, Peter followed the digital trail, so to speak, joining EnvisionTEC in 2014.
“I was looking at all this data coming off the scanners, and being created with software, and I just followed the data,” said Peter, who worked for Sybron Dental Specialties for more than a decade before joining EnvisionTEC.
Among the projects he worked on there was Insignia dental software, where traditional orthodontic treatment plans, using brackets and wires, were created digitally, but with brackets completely customized to the patient.
But it wasn’t just his love of technology that encouraged him to join EnvisionTEC.
After graduating from Wake Forest University, he went on to earn a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Furman University, and an MBA from Eastern Michigan University. Throughout it all, Peter has always had a strong interest in the medical sciences. At EnvisionTEC, he found a company that was a world leader in 3D bioprinting with its 3D-Bioplotter series.
“It’s a technology nobody else has, and it’s a huge reason I wanted to come to EnvisionTEC,” Peter explained.
The 3D-Bioplotter is used in groundbreaking research involving tissue engineering, and has been the tool used in more academic research into biofabrication than any other bioprinter.
He was also impressed to find a company with a wide range of technologies. Aside from the 3D-Bioprinter, Peter oversees the company’s industrial 3SP and Viridis3D product lines.
“3SP is the new SLA,” Peter said of the company’s large frame 3D printers, which print up to 5900 cubic inches for customers who may be 3D printing large industrial parts for real use in manufacturing operations, such as gears, valves, fasteners, pumps, jigs or fixtures.
“It’s still using a laser, but what makes it special is the print engine is driving the laser over the whole bed, so you have a much more reliable build over the whole bed,” he said, adding that more material operations are available, too.
By using a 405 nanometer laser rather than a 355-365 nanometer laser, you attack the chemistry in the resin with a higher spectrum of light, resulting in a better build. “It’s a smarter way,” he said.
EnvisionTEC’s robotic additive manufacturing technology — the Viridis3D RAM 123 — also falls under Peter, where it’s currently being offered in the marketplace to bring sand molds and cores for the foundry industry.
“Other companies are talking about robotic additive manufacturing, but we’re actually doing it,” Peter said. “It’s a revolutionary technology with so many applications. You can literally create, design and pour in a single day.”
Beyond its use as a sand casting 3D printer, EnvisionTEC’s robotic additive manufacturing technology has potential applications in the future for PMMA investment casting and more.
Two of the things Peter finds customers enjoy learning about EnvisionTEC out in the field is that it’s privately held, which gives the company flexibility to invest for the long-term, and it’s also based in both Michigan and Germany, two locations known for engineering talent.
“We just have a good story,” Peter said. “And we have great engineering resources and people are always willing to work with customers to deliver a total solution.”