Greta is a multidisciplinary engineer born and raised in Italy.
In 2010 she moved to Denmark to continue her studies in design and shortly after she had her first encounter with a 3D printer. In the following years, she would the embark in countless academic 3D printing adventures that culminated in a PhD in additive manufacturing from the mechanical engineering department at the Technical University of Denmark in 2016.
During that time she has collaborated with designers and with other universities such as MIT, where she has been a guest researcher developing a food printer, and ETH Zürich.
After leaving academia, in the past two years, she has been working as an additive manufacturing specialist in different manufacturing companies, helping them developing and executing successful 3D printing strategies.
She now lives in Sweden, where she works as an additive manufacturing specialist and teacher for a company called AMEXCI AB.
Nora Toure: Greta, could you let us know about your background and what brought you to 3D printing in the first place?
Greta D’Angelo: I am originally Italian and my background is really diverse, but I like to say that I am an industrial designer converted to mechanical engineering.
My first encounter with 3D printing dates back to my first year of Master studies at the Technical University of Denmark, back in 2011, and it happened almost by chance. A classmate once mentioned that somewhere in the campus there was a machine able create any object in 3D.
At that time I didn’t really know what a 3D printer was, but surely it sounded cool and as an aspiring designer I was just imagining all the possibilities of shape explorations such a machine would open up. So, as a naturally curious person, I felt I had to find it.
It took me about 6 months but eventually, I met the researcher in charge. And so my 3D printing journey started, first as a master student, then as a PhD and finally as a specialist in the manufacturing industry.
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