Senvol brings additive manufacturing community together


By Brandon Klein

bklein@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

A New York-based company is helping other businesses determine how implementing 3-D printing, or addictive manufacturing, can increase profit.

Senvol LLC analyzes how additive manufacturing can improve business operations.

“We really help companies figure out where additive manufacturing can help their business,” said Zach Simkin, co-president of Senvol.

Senvol’s clients include Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and those who work in the additive-manufacturing ecosystem, he said.

In addition to its services, Senvol launched a free database of industrial additive- manufacturing machines and materials in January.

“We initially developed the database for our own internal needs,” Simkin said.

Companies often would ask basic questions about the machines and materials, which would have required searching multiple websites.

“There was no quick way to get an answer to those types of questions,” Simkin said.

The database has information on more than 350 industrial additive-manufacturing machines and more than 450 materials.

“The response has been tremendous,” he said.

Simkin said it will continue to grow the database, which is accessible to all levels of expertise in additive manufacturing.

“Senvol very much values input and feedback from its user community,” Annie Wang, co-president of Senvol, said in a statement. “It’s through the power of our user community that we are able to continuously improve the Senvol database.”

Senvol has been a gold member of America Makes, located in downtown Youngstown, for a year. Simkin said it’s a “great community” of organizations.

Scott Deutsch, manager of communications and special programs at America Makes, said the database helps bring the community of advanced manufacturing together.

“It’s one example of a small company that’s doing wonderful things,” he said.

During September 2012, Simkin met Wang in a class for their MBA program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. They saw how additive manufacturing was a solution to common business challenges.

“That was the beginning of Senvol,” he said.

The two spent six months of research to home in on the need their company would meet. By then, it started working with a select few businesses before launching to the public a year later.

The company uses 15 part-time employees on a project basis and is growing rapidly, Simkin said. “The goal is to help the industry advance.”

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