Adam Cohen is Principal Consultant and CEO of Additive Insight and a pioneer and veteran of the 3-D Printing/Additive Manufacturing industry, with 27years of experience inventing, developing, and bringing to market three major 3-D printing technologies. Adam founded and held executive positions at two 3-D printing startups, and holds nearly 70 issued U.S. patents, mostly in the field of 3-D printing. Adam is also a professor of mechanical engineering at SMU, where he conducts research on advanced 3-D printing and robotics, and teaches design, prototyping, and robotics. As Director of SMU's Laboratory for Additive Manufacturing, Robotics, and Automation, Adam is leading a team to develop a breakthrough multi-material 3-D printing technology that will monolithically fabricate devices with embedded actuators, sensors, and circuitry. He serves as a member of the Editorial Board of the scholarly journal 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing and is an invited speaker at the Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo and the 3D Printer World Expo.
While at 3D Systems, Adam led the engineering team that developed the SLA-250, the 1st commercial 3-D printing machine. The SLA-250 was extremely successful, generating over $100M in revenue. He then co-founded and served as Vice President R&D for Soligen Technologies, the 1st company to bring to market MIT’s “3D Printing” technology, shipping the first machines to early customers just months after negotiating an exclusive worldwide license from MIT. Later, at the University of Southern California, he invented MICA Freeform (a.k.a EFAB), the 1st and only mass production 3-D printing process (and the 1st microscale 3-D printing process) to produce miniature metal components and fully-functional devices. He founded Microfabrica to market the technology, and as the company’s CEO, raised $17M in funding from top-tier VCs including Draper Fisher Jurvetson. As CTO and Executive Vice President, Adam brought the company into the medical device business, landing major customers and a $5 million NIH grant to develop miniature 3-D printed robotically-delivered devices for minimally-invasive cardiac surgery. Adam also created, published, and edited for many years the 1st periodical devoted to the 3-D printing industry, Rapid Prototyping Report. He holds a bachelor of science degree in physics from MIT.