Chelsea Cummings – “3D printing encourages me not to fill someone else’s shoes, but instead, walk in my own.”

By on October 11th, 2017 in interview


 Chelsea Cummings
Chelsea Cummings

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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