Shane is a technology evangelist and entrepreneur at the forefront of the Industrial 3D Printing revolution. While working at Within Technologies, a software company that developed and designed software tools for additive manufacturing, Shane’s technology innovation reached over 35 countries. Specializing in topological optimization, he helped create the product known today as Within Medical. In May 2014, Autodesk acquired Within and Shane went on to lead product architecture and business development for the Additive Manufacturing division.
Having left Autodesk, Shane co-founded LINK3D. The company’s focus: to automate and optimize the entire additive manufacturing workflow. LINK3D was selected as a ‘FiReStarter Company,’ which previously featured Elon Musk (Tesla, SpaceX) and Michael Dell (Dell), among others. Shane holds a deep understanding of advanced manufacturing, automation, topological optimization and machine learning. He received his B.S in Management Information Systems from California University.
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I was taught from a very young age nothing worth anything is ever given to you. I've carried this message into every facet of my life. I still can't believe every day I wake up and get to do something I absolutely love with my cofounder and friend, Vishal. The LINK3D team has become my 2nd family; they push me everyday to be the best version of myself and I'm so lucky to work with so many brilliant minds sharing a common goal.
Stuff You Wouldn't Know
First Job:My first job was working as a stock clerk at an automotive parts company. This is probably where I fell in love with how things were built and was fascinated with how they worked. I got fired from that job for building a sled that you could steer when riding down the two flights of steps in the inventory section. At least we wore helmets!
My Childhood: I spent most of my childhood in NYC & Pennsylvania. I learned to love and respect the concrete jungle and the wooded mountains of the Pocono's. I played high school basketball and golf and was also the president of the history club. I actually hated my first C++ class, which seems a little strange these days. Random Facts: I've been fortunate to have visited over 40 countries, mostly on business but some for pleasure. I dove with sharks in Belize, attended the World Cup in Brazil, mediated with Japanese Monks in Kyoto and ate duck tongue in Hong Kong. I also spend my free time sitting on the UNICEF Young Steering Committee as a board member where I focus on mobilizing millennials to become more aware of problematic situations affecting children across the globe.