We are a science-driven company pioneering advancements in the additive manufacturing and composites manufacturing industries. Based on years of research and development, our composite-based additive manufacturing technology (CBAM) is an entirely new process that is fundamentally different from conventional additive manufacturing technologies.
CBAM is designed specifically for composites. It produces parts stronger than other additive manufacturing technologies, faster than traditional composite methods and with more design freedom, and has a broader selection of materials, including carbon fiber, Kevlar and fiberglass. And we’re just getting started. Our goal is to produce the world’s strongest additively manufactured composite parts, rivaling hand layup materials, at injection molding speeds.
Chairman & Founder
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Bob Swartz is an inventor and businessman and began developing Impossible Objects’ technology in 2009. Concurrently, and for over ten years, Bob has been a consultant on intellectual property at the MIT Media Laboratory. He has founded and operated a number of companies, including: a software company that developed a complete version of Unix and C Compilers licensed by a number of major computer corporations including Intel and Digital Equipment Corporation; a multi-million dollar advertising display manufacturing company; a telephony company; and patent licensing companies through which he has licensed his own patents to major corporations such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon. Mr. Swartz studied mathematics as an undergraduate and was a graduate student in mathematics at MIT and University of Chicago and in computer science at Northwestern University.
Lawrence M. Kaplan
Chief Executive Officer
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Larry Kaplan began collaborating with Impossible Objects in early 2014 and joined the Company as CEO in June 2014. Previously, Larry was CEO of Eudora Global, where he supported the launch of several new ventures in healthcare and online services industries. Prior to Eudora, Mr. Kaplan was CEO of NAVTEQ Corporation (acquired by Nokia Corporation in 2008), the leading provider of digital maps and traffic-enabling navigation and location-based services around the world, with $1.4 billion annual revenue and 5,000+ employees located in 50 countries. In prior roles, Mr. Kaplan practiced as an attorney and developed extensive general counsel and intellectual property experience. Mr. Kaplan holds a B.S. General Engineering with specialization in computer-aided design and a Juris Doctor degree, both from University of Illinois.
Chief Commercial Officer
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Jeff DeGrange joined the Company as Chief Commercial Officer in April 2015. Jeff is a former Vice President at Stratasys, a worldwide provider of 3D printing technologies and services. Prior to Stratasys, Jeff was with the Boeing Company where he led the certification and qualification of flight hardware built with different additive manufacturing technologies for the F/A-18 Super Hornet and 787 aircraft programs and advanced manufacturing initiatives. Jeff is one of the founders and past chairman of the Direct Manufacturing Research Center (DMRC) at Paderborn University in Germany and serves on several industry advisory boards. Jeff has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Iowa and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.
Dr. John Bayldon
Chief Composite Scientist
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John Bayldon joined the Company as Chief Manufacturing Officer in July 2014 and previously had been a consultant to the Company specializing in manufacturing and mechanics of composite materials. Dr. Bayldon holds an MSc in composite materials and engineering from Imperial College London and a PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Northwestern University. Dr. Bayldon’s early career included production and technical management positions in manufacturing companies. He subsequently worked as a principal researcher and as Technology Chief for Composite Manufacturing for the UK’s Defense Research and Evaluation agency in their Farnborough laboratories. Since moving to the U.S. in 2001 (in addition to earning his doctorate), Dr. Bayldon worked as a consultant helping set up the Canadian National Research Center’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center in Montreal, and helping the FAA in developing guidance for the certification of composite materials in aircraft structures.
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