Founder/Engineer of 3DMonstr
Ben joined NextFab during the first year we were open for business, and I recall him as one of the most technically competent and productive, as well as enthusiastic and generous people to grace the NextFab community. I was very pleased that Ben valued what NextFab has to offer enough to make the commute from the Princeton, NJ area down to Philadelphia in his spare time. He also quickly ran up against some of the limitations of capabilities back then, and I recall feeling a bit embarrassed that we couldn’t offer him a CNC milling machine adequate for his needs (the Roland MDX-540 was our only CNC mill at the time). Hey Ben - look at us now!... Anyway, I lost touch with Ben back in 2012, and always worried that we had failed him somehow. Just recently, a colleague of mine sent me a link to a Kickstarter campaign by a new 3D printer company in Princeton, and lo and behold! there was Ben! I contacted him to say hi and catch up, and he was generous enough to ease my mind on the issue of why he left NextFab...
"I had a great experience at NextFab. I learned a lot, got re-acquainted with manual machining, got an introduction to CNC, started learning welding, got my first exposure to 3D printing. The environment was great - relaxed, friendly, supportive, easy to fit into. The people, both members and staff, were very competent and extremely helpful. I couldn't ask for a better place to help me get started on my projects.
My initial ideas were about rocketry. I machined, bent and 3D printed a lot of parts to make my High Power Rockets safer and easier to fly. That led me to more ambitious projects - I started working on a next generation of rocket motors - safer, easier to use, more reliable. One thing led to another, and soon I was working on a whole family of large, multi-extruder, high precision, upgradeable 3D printers.
And it all started at NextFab.
If someone asks why I'm not a member anymore, and haven't been for 2 years, the answer is simple: I live in central NJ, which turned out to be prohibitively far. Had NextFab opened a location up here somewhere (say 20 min drive from Princeton), I would still be a member.”
Ben is a senior level executive with over 30 years of broad experience in the technical, corporate, sales, marketing and financial arenas.
Until the summer of 2012, Ben was CEO of CEDev (an Open Source applications company), and prior to that a co-founder and CEO of Quadrix Solutions. Before founding Quadrix Solutions in 1994, he was an independent consultant in the Telecommunications and Financial Services sectors. He began his career as a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories.
Ben has advanced degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics and is a highly sought-after speaker on the topics of 3D Printing and Open Source application deployment. He was a Visiting Lecturer at Rutgers University, and has published numerous technical papers. He served on the New Jersey Technology Council’s (NJTC) Board of Directors.
Ben is now the founder and lead engineer of 3DMonstr, which produces 3D printers for the rapidly growing consumer and small-business market. 3DMonstr has been featured on Hackaday and Fabaloo, as well as other blogs and industry newsletters. 3DMonstr recently started a Kickstarter campaign and has already exceeded the campaign goal. Ben and colleagues are now gearing up to deliver machines to eagerly awaiting backers and looking forward to shaking up the industry.
Above: a 3DMonstr 3D printer featuring 4 extruders
We wish Ben and 3DMonstr great success, and we are already proud to say “we knew Ben when...”!
For more information, see http://3dmonstr.com