A multi-material 3D-printed tag with embedded NFC chip

The Origin Story

Chris and Joel started Origin in late 2015 to 3D print parts for customers using open source printers but soon faced a formative deadline. They needed to produce and ship thousands of shoe tags in one week or risk upsetting their largest customer - Marshawn Lynch’s Beast Mode. To ramp up and meet their deadline, they hired a technician and ran printers 24 x 7, developing and testing new software and open materials, trying everything to find the fastest path to a consumer-grade product.
The team shipped on time (barely) and impressed their customer but came up with something even more valuable: insight. Feeling the pain of unreliable hardware, limited software, and brittle materials, the two Founders saw an opportunity to create a whole new platform from the ground up and a dramatically new and open approach to additive manufacturing that combines open materials, extensible software, and modular hardware. This approach, called Open Additive Manufacturing, provides manufacturing customers with the flexibility they need. Now they can focus on design and customers instead of tools.

The Team

Christopher Prucha
Christopher Prucha
CEO, Co-Founder
Joel Ong
Joel Ong
CTO, Co-Founder
Jeffrey Lee
Jeffrey Lee
COO
Bill Buel
Bill Buel
Vice President, Hardware Engineering
Ian Muceus
Ian Muceus
Director, Government Programs
Finbarr Watterson
Finbarr Watterson
Senior Director, Marketing
Laura Levinsohn
Laura Levinsohn
Senior Director, People Operations
Ryan Ayler
Ryan Ayler
Mechanical Engineer
Di Bacani
Di Bacani
Senior Supply Chain Manager
Manoj Bandri
Manoj Bandri
Embedded Engineer
Brady O'Brien
Brady O'Brien
Software Engineer
Ben Chaimongkol
Ben Chaimongkol
Director, Customer Success
Elton Cheung
Elton Cheung
Lab Technician
Alyssa Coligado
Alyssa Coligado
Senior Test Engineer
David Deng
David Deng
Hardware Tech
Tim Downing
Tim Downing
Senior Technical Account Manager
Gedion Hailemichael
Gedion Hailemichael
Logistics Coordinator
Eduardo González, Ph.D.
Eduardo González, Ph.D.
Associate Scientist
Steve Kranz
Steve Kranz
Senior Scientist
Marshall Ling
Marshall Ling
Associate Technical Account Manager
Jimmy Liu
Jimmy Liu
Staff Data Architect
Pierre Maurer
Pierre Maurer
Senior Hardware Technician
Matt Miyamoto
Matt Miyamoto
Mechanical Engineering Manager
Brandyn Nishida
Brandyn Nishida
Mechanical Design Engineer
Brett Nordstog
Brett Nordstog
Field Service Manager
John Paton
John Paton
Senior Mechanical Design Engineer
Bruce Pettway
Bruce Pettway
Field Technician
Stuart Steinbock
Stuart Steinbock
Account Executive
Owen Smithyman
Owen Smithyman
Senior Manufacturing Engineer
Jonah Stiennon
Jonah Stiennon
Senior Software Engineer
David Thomas
David Thomas
Senior Software Engineer
Judy Thomas
Judy Thomas
Account Executive
Zoli Kauker
Zoli Kauker
Lab Technician
Rebecca Vo
Rebecca Vo
Software Engineer
Anton Tsvilikhovskiy
Anton Tsvilikhovskiy
Software Engineer

Investors

Tim O'Reilly
Joe Montana

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