Manufacturing Today - May/June 2017 - 27
Additive Manufacturing SPECIAL SECTION
type a machines' engineering
customers have helped it develop
machines that have greater ease
of use and reliability.
qualities that lean organizations like
"We're very much still a start-up
and you have to play to the strengths
of it," he says. "If you're a start-up and
you're not able to move quickly and be
flexible, you have missed out on the
greatest advantage you have. However, because we move quickly, it does
come with some downsizes.
"For example, it often means we
work unreasonable hours," he continues. "As a start-up, the level of
commitment it takes for people to
really be able to succeed is higher
than a regular company. However,
the people that work for us do not
want to work for a regular company -
Rutter adds that all of Type A Machines' employees are dedicated.
"That is our reality," he says. "I'm
heavily influenced by western Europe
because it's where I'm from. I also
have a background in theater where
the level of dedication is huge, as well
as the understanding to rely heavily on
those around you, which is ingrained
in you. So we are very fortunate in that
we have a great team. Even though we
are a small team, we always get things
done and it's worth it."
Once, the head of sales for the
company's biggest competitor asked
Rutter about his long-term vision for
Type A Machines.
"I made a Star Trek reference, noting
the logo on top of the machines, where
they ask for things and it's made instantly, would be a 'Type A Machines'
logo," he recalls. "The guy looked at me
and told me I was insane."
Ultimately, Rutter's long-term goal
is that Type A Machines should be
building machines that can literally
"Imagine what we will do as a society when we reach the level of creativity that produces anything," Rutter
says. "That is what I look forward to.
However, there is so much undiscovered science that we have to figure out
before we get there. So, I think Type
A Machines will have a long period of
selling machines and figuring out how
to do very complicated things in very
simple ways." mt
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