Monica Smith moved from the US to Germany to work as an Application Development Consultant for EOS.
Even though she travels a lot for her job, she is now based in Munich and specialized in applied process consulting. Her job consists of helping customers achieve serial production in Additive Manufacturing with their application. As she said, the Additive Manufacturing environment is so fast-paced, they are constantly learning and pushing the possibilities of 3D Printing.
Nora Toure: Could you let us know about your background and what brought you into 3D printing in the first place?
Monica Smith: I had the opportunity after my sophomore year at the University of Connecticut to do an internship in the Additive Manufacturing Group at Pratt & Whitney. Before my internship, I had no idea what AM was but after the first week, I knew I wanted to be a part of this industry and build my career in AM.
We had an incredible, motivated team with very diverse backgrounds. I spent that summer working with and designing experiments for metal AM equipment. It just so happened that same summer that I did my internship, Pratt & Whitney opened the Additive Manufacturing Innovation Center at my university.
I continued on the team as a co-op and spent three days a week creating build files and running the machines on campus. I was very lucky as a student to have access to state-of-the-art equipment and also to have a supervisor who encouraged me to experiment with and test the technology.
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