Chelsea Cummings is an Additive Manufacturing Engineer focused on new product introduction of metal 3D printed aerospace parts at Arconic, in Austin, Texas.
Chelsea grew up in a household of design and analytics, with an artist and a research analyst as parents. Having a lifelong love for math, science and creative thinking, she earned her engineering degree from Arizona State University.
After a few years of aerospace manufacturing experience that led her to 3D Printing, she has been able to hone her creative side in her engineering career through this technology.
Nora Toure: Chelsea, could you let us know about your background and what brought you into 3D printing in the first place?
Chelsea Cummings: I’m an Arizona State University graduate of Industrial Engineering, with four years of industry experience engineering aerospace products. I was first introduced to metal 3D printing, or additive manufacturing (AM), at my previous employer when I toured their Phoenix metals AM lab.
I was fascinated by the technology’s capacity to take a concept in the form of a 3D model and build it from nothing, layer by layer, using lasers and powdered metal. I then worked with the director to establish an AM position in their rotational development program so I could get involved with the technology. I was excited to be part of what appears to be our generation’s industrial revolution.
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