Fortius Metals, Boulder, Colorado, USA, has appointed Dr Nick Bagshaw as its new Chief Technology Officer. Bagshaw has over twenty years of experience in metal Additive Manufacturing, welding, and weld simulation across a diverse range of industries.
“I am thrilled to join Fortius Metals as it develops the next generation of metal additive,” stated Bagshaw. “The capabilities of Fortius Metals’ technology are seemingly boundless, and I’m looking forward to leading the company through our next series of developments. I’m excited to start working with their dedicated team to help scale their business.”
Bagshaw previously led the Additive Simulation Team at Relativity Space to control distortion and evaluate residual stresses in large additively manufactured rocket structures, using experimental and numerical methods. He also spent sixteen years consulting on leading welding technologies at TWI in Cambridge, UK.
Over his career, Bagshaw has gained experience in many welding processes, specialising in Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) and electron beam welding. Bagshaw earned a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, and MS degrees in Advanced Metallurgy and Structural Integrity, at the University of Sheffield.
Fortius Metals, a spinout from Elementum 3D, is a large-format Additive Manufacturing company that specialises in new materials, helping customers develop robotic Additive Manufacturing. The company’s patented technology is expected to introduce high-performance metal alloys that meet the demands of aerospace customers and robotic welding fabricators. Fortius Metals is initially focusing on aircraft grade aluminium welding wire for arc and laser Directed Energy Deposition (DED).
“We couldn’t be more excited for Nick to join the team and help lead our next generation of materials and welding innovation,” added Jeff Lints, Fortius CEO. “There are only a handful of technical leaders in large format metal additive, and Nick’s expertise in welding large structures with aluminium is unparalleled.”