Our Mission

The virtual and physical worlds are converging in exciting ways. 3D printing technology is changing the way we create and manufacture in much the same way that the Internet changed the way we relate to information.

We believe new opportunities should be available to everyone! 3DPX is a benefit corporation—our success is about more than the bottom line.

3DPX provides access, and community to people from all backgrounds so no one is left behind and so everyone can benefit from the possibilities. We work with some of the largest companies in the world as well as individuals with great ideas that are looking to create something unique.

3DPX was born in 2013 in a popup store. We’ve grown and you can find us in a centralized (and very cool) storefront an event space at 333 N. LaSalle Street in Chicago. We are proud to be one of the premier additive manufacturing and design hubs in the country. We focus on being at the forefront of technology and bringing the highest quality results to all of our clients.

Meet the Founder

Julie
Julie is CEO and Founder of The 3D Printer Experience, working to realize the vision that digital manufacturing will change the world. She is passionate about emerging technology and accelerating it’s adoption – to make complex technology accessible to all.  Julie thrives at the cutting edge of disruption. The 3D Printer Experience is the only storefront venue in the country that combines a versatile event space with custom 3D printing services, education experiences, and a community-oriented futurist perspective.

In her current role, Julie overseas the growth and strategic partnerships for the business, including an exclusive relationship with EOS the company that creates industrial grade parts using Laser Sintering technology. Julie is a regular key-note speaker and panelist including for TEDX, The American Bar Association, The International Manufacturing Trade Show, Inside 3D Printer Conference, and Women in Technology to name a few.

Prior to the The 3D Printer Experience (3DPX), she founded the company Hot Potato which created an International MPEG standard, to make all TV and Film video content searchable and indexable on the internet.

Since launching 3DPX Julie has been named by The Chicago Tribune as a top 100 innovator in the City. She’s garnered national and international media attention appearing in over 20 countries in print, radio, and television including The Today Show, Time Magazine, and a profile in Entrepreneur Magazine – she is also the published author of Encyclopedia Britannica’s year in review on 3D Printing.Before moving to Chicago, Julie produced and directed the Genesis Award winning documentary, Best Friend Forgotten staring actor David Duchovny, toured in stand-up comedy, and ran the TV and Film division for The Humane Society of the United States – implementing story-lines into mainstream media with the goal to effect change with empathy.

In college she studied bio-chemistry molecular biology at Boston University, Music Synthesis at the famed Berklee College of Music, and Artificial Intelligence through Stanford University.Julie currently lives in Chicago with her husband Jeff who is a film financier and their daughter Evee (6) who is becoming a white-hat hacker.

 

 

Meet the Team

Chris Martinez
Vice President

Chris Martinez is a business professional who studied business management at Northeastern Illinois University. He since has owned and operated businesses in outsourced sales and marketing for large telecom companies. At 3DPX he looks to use his knowledge of business combined with passion for technology to help grow the organization. Chris, a collegiate lacrosse player, loves sports and continues to incorporate athletics into his daily life.

Guangnan Wei
Designer

Guangnan Wei (3D Print Specialist) studied industrial design at the Rhode Island School of Design and the IIT Institute of Design. Wei first came to the 3D Printer Experience as a client trying to print a class project for which he later won a GrabCAD Golden Gear award. Wei specializes in creating designs for 3D printing.

Corporate Status

Illinois Benefit Corporation