Holo, Newark, California, USA, has appointed John Buffington as its Head of Product Engineering. Buffington joins the company following a seven-year career at manufacturing solutions provider Jabil. As Senior Manager Engineering Services, Additive Manufacturing, Buffington worked to drive adoption of AM as a viable solution for progressively larger opportunities at scaled production.
Holo uses its PureForm™ Additive Manufacturing platform to produce highly-precise metal parts in prototype to production volumes. Based on a sinter-based Vat Photopolymerisation (VPP) process, PureForm can produce parts with features less than 50 µm, enabling a wide range of applications including electrical components, jewellery, and medical and dental devices. With its precision and MIM-like surface finish, Holo states that parts generally do not need post-processing, further reducing cost to the end customer.
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“Seeing how Holo is accelerating their customer’s development cycles, saving tooling costs, and providing them a smooth path from engineering development to production for complex and high-accuracy metal AM components, was an eye opener,” stated Buffington. “I’m excited to be joining the already outstanding talents at Holo, providing our customers with dedicated support and helping fulfill the promise of digital manufacturing of metal parts.”
With the rapid growth Holo has experienced over the last year, Buffington will lead the team in developing state-of-the-art solutions to real-world customer needs in demanding end-use industries.
“Under John’s leadership, Product Engineering will continue to expand to meet the growth in demand from our customers, including Fortune 500 companies and leaders in the medical, consumer electronics, semiconductor, and other industries, to ensure rapid delivery of highly intricate metal parts, from engineering development through to volume production,” added Arian Aghababaie, PhD, Co-Founder, president and Chief Strategy Officer, Holo.
In addition to his tenure at Jabil, Buffington brings experience in engineering, development, and leadership from his years at battery case and accessory manufacturer Mophie and speciality bearings producer RBC Bearings.
“Coming from Jabil, John has extensive experience leveraging Additive Manufacturing to deliver high-quality products to the world’s most demanding customers. This makes him a perfect fit for Holo. We are very excited to have him join us,” said Hal Zarem, CEO, Holo.