MELD Manufacturing Corporation, Christiansburg, Virginia, USA, has appointed Robb Hudson CEO and president of the spin-out company MELD Printworks. In this position, Hudson will be responsible for ensuring customers have their needs met and receive good-quality additively manufactured parts on time.
Nanci Hardwick, MELD CEO, stated, “I’m delighted to have an experienced leader capable of delivering on the promise of additive to PrintWorks customers. Robb brings a passion for manufacturing and an understanding of how additive and advanced manufacturing can help create success in many industries, especially aerospace.”
Most recently, Hudson was president and CEO of Aerodyn Engineering. Prior to this role, he served as CEO for Mitsui Seiki (USA), Inc., a super precision machine tool builder. During his career in the machine tool and manufacturing industries, he has spent time learning machining processes, primarily within the aerospace and turbine industries. During that time, Hudson led teams at Huffman Corporation (Optomec), LASAG Industrial Laser (SWATCH Group), WINBRO Group, Mitsui Seiki and Aerodyne Engineering. These efforts are said to have resulted in new technologies in 5-axis micro-precision laser cutting, laser ablation systems for turbine airfoil shaped cooling holes, Blue Arc™ Machining Systems and Hybrid Additive Manufacturing & Machining Systems.
Hudson has held board level positions with several companies and has volunteered time towards economic development & work force development initiatives on behalf of county, regional and state level organisations. He has also been an invited speaker around the world, delivering technical papers and presentations on various manufacturing topics.
“The opportunity to stand at the intersection of MELD’s transformative technology and the current supply chain shortage in castings and forgings is a once in a lifetime opportunity!” Hudson added. ”I am thrilled to have been chosen to lead this amazing team of professionals and offer the MELD process as a service to industries struggling to meet their raw material needs.”