Nora Touré: Andrea, could you let us know briefly about your background and your journey into Additive Manufacturing?
Andrea Clark: I started in the additive manufacturing industry in 2016 as a supply chain manager at Norsk Titanium.
I was responsible for building up the supply chain from scratch.
When I first started at Norsk Titanium we had just moved into our first facility in Plattsburgh, NY and it was a unique experience to start a supply chain management position with no supply chain in place yet.
It gave me the opportunity to build great relationships with suppliers and learn the new landscape of additive manufacturing right alongside them.
Working in a startup company gave me the unique opportunity of working closely together with everyone in the company and see the company grow from a few people into a successful aerospace supplier.
At Norsk Titanium we were primarily focused on producing Titanium 3D printed components for the aerospace industry. I made the choice to move on to Gefertec in 2019 because of the unique opportunity to build up the US business for a German company which is very close to my heart because of being born and raised in Germany.
As the president of Gefertec LLC I am responsible for growing the company in North America and leading all US projects in close collaboration with the team in Berlin, Germany.
Nora Touré: What is GEFERTEC and what is the story behind it?
Andrea Clark: GEFERTEC develops new methods for the production of metallic parts that extend beyond the limits of conventional production processes, thereby offering unique possibilities to designers, engineers and companies.
GEFERTEC is the first and only company worldwide that provides the market with the revolutionary 3DMP® technology that is based on modern arc welding in the form of ready-to-use production machinery.
The arc machine series offers perfect manufacturing solutions for metalworking companies as well as for research and development institutions. It was founded in 2015 in Berlin, Germany.
The part I like the most about the company is the large material selection and the possibility to produce large parts at high deposition rates.
Nora Touré: To date, what would you say is your greatest achievement in Additive Manufacturing?
Andrea Clark: I am very proud of having been able to help start 2 companies in the US. Both companies I worked for have European roots and it is exciting for me to help them be successful in my new permanent home.
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