FATHOM Co-Founder and Principal Michelle Mihevc was interviewed by industry insider Nora Toure for a feature in Women In 3D Printing.
The publication features women that have made meaningful contributions to the 3D printing industry. Excerpts from the interview below.
What was your first experience with 3D Printing?
My first experience with 3D printing something myself was actually when our demo 3D printer was set up in my garage. I was 3D printing out a sample part for a customer. I can’t tell you exactly what it was (almost all of our work is done under Non-Disclosure Agreements), but the excitement and empowerment I felt from taking a file to a tangible part in a matter of minutes was, and still is, very gratifying. I was hooked.
The 3D printing industry is a traditionally male-dominated so it’s been exciting to be a female leader in this space. The broader manufacturing industry is also traditionally male-dominated. I like the fact that I am helping to change the face of manufacturing and hopefully some of the stereotypes that go along with that.
What makes the 3D printing industry particularly interesting for you, as a business person?
As a business person, I recognized early on that the 3D printing industry is ripe with opportunities. The technology is making a significant impact on the way products are designed and manufactured. There is a high demand for services that require expertise in additive manufacturing, and more need to incorporate additive technologies in augmenting traditional manufacturing. The opportunity spans almost all industries; any company that makes a tangible product is a potential customer. We are almost at the 2,000 customer mark and we know this is just the tip of the iceberg with the amount of potential opportunities out there.
The full interview can be found on womenin3dprinting.com.
Women in 3D Printing—Podcast Feature
WTFFF (What The Fused Filament Fabrication) is a 3D printing podcast that has climbed the iTunes charts and recently recorded its 275th episode. Close on the heels of Women in 3D Printing’s interview with Michelle Mihevc, WTFFF hosts Tom and Tracy Hazard recorded a segment with Nora Toure on her experiences as a woman in the male-dominated manufacturing field.