About US


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Developed by some very nerdy chaps deep in the bowels of Madison, WI, the product is basically a high metal content 3D printing filament, which can run on just about any cheap printer anywhere. The key point to note is that it’s not expensive, doesn’t require an expensive printer, and yet can produce stunning results which go way beyond standard ABS or PLA plastic output .
— NIGEL IS THE MANAGING EDITOR OF THE RED FERRET, AND FREELANCE COLUMNIST FOR THE SUNDAY TIMES NEWSPAPER IN LONDON.

 
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Brad Woods, Inventor

Brad's life-long fondness for metallurgy and background in software engineering spurred a quest to study various methods of fabricating metal. It started in electrodepostion and shifted more to powdered metallurgy shortly after. The next logical step brought him to 3D printing. After printing his first object in plastic, the need for a metal solution became very clear and The Virtual Foundry was born.

In his search for printable metal, Brad knew that an important aspect of creating this tool would be wide usability. Developing what would become an open architecture solution led to the creation of Filamet™, a sinterable, high metal-content 3D printing filament that can be used in any Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) printer.

His love for this work continues with the constant development of new materials and the ongoing research for other methods of metal fabrication.

"This point in history sets the stage for the future of metal 3D printing, and the technologies developed by The Virtual Foundry are becoming the standards." ~Woods

 
 

It’s quite thrilling to be on the front edge of metal 3D printing technology. Brad and his team have developed something here that changes how work is done. Our innovative people have created a product within an open architecture that increases the efficiencies of current work systems and expands the value of our customers’ product offerings.
— The Virtual Foundry President, Tricia Suess