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Axtra3D appoints Rajeev Kulkarni as CSO

Most recently, he served as the Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development at 3D Systems

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Axtra3D, a company specializing in developing advanced additive manufacturing solutions based on optoelectronics, has appointed industry pioneer Rajeev Kulkarni as the company’s new Chief Strategy Officer (CSO).

Kulkarni’s experience in 3D printing spans decades of executive leadership. He is a seasoned entrepreneur whose rich history in the 3D printing field traces back to the early 1990s. Most recently, Kulkarni served as the Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development at 3D Systems. His extensive expertise spans technical realms, business strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship. As a co-founder of two angel funds, he has steered numerous ventures toward their full potential.

“Rajeev, as a pioneering innovator, played a pivotal role in the invention of multiple 3D printing platforms. His wealth of experience in 3D printing, spanning R&D leadership, business creation, and M&A activities, positions him as a crucial leader for Axtra3D as it continues to innovate and offer cutting-edge 3D printing solutions for industrial and healthcare professionals. Rajeev’s proficiency in applying 3D printing technologies and business strategies to facilitate distinctive applications is poised to make a substantial contribution to Axtra3D’s growth,” said Gianni Zitelli, CEO of Axtra3D.

As a part of the senior leadership at Axtra3D, Kulkarni’s responsibilities include strategic planning and execution, corporate and business development, product-market fit, partnerships, and the development of a growth strategy and plan.

Axtra3D’s technology marks a noteworthy advancement in SLA technology by seamlessly integrating throughput, part fidelity, and print reliability. It achieves this without necessitating a compromise in any of these aspects across diverse applications. The technology’s versatility in industrial and healthcare applications, coupled with the innovative spirit of the team, played pivotal roles in influencing my decision to join this organization,” said Rajeev Kulkarni.

With Axtra3D opening its corporate headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina in late 2023, the company has been ramping up its availability and installation of advanced 3D printing technologies. Axtra3D also operates a subsidiary in Vicenza, Italy.

Spanning dental, medical, and industrial applications, Axtra3D’s technology portfolio is capable of addressing needs for accurate, repeatable, reliable, and high-speed manufacturing with end-use part quality.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rajeev as the CSO to guide all aspects of the company towards sustainable growth. This appointment marks a significant milestone for Axtra3D, ensuring that our innovative 3D printing solutions deliver unique value for our customers and channel partners,” said Zitelli.

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