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About Us

New Valence Robotics® (NVBOTS) provides automated 3D printing solutions that deliver high throughput production of parts in a wide range of both metals and plastics. Founded by a team of MIT engineers and based in Boston, our Mission is to provide fully automated solutions that enable manufacturers and designers to make production quality parts more efficiently and inexpensively than any other additive manufacturing system in the world.

Our first product shipped in 2015. The NVPro – a 3D plastics printing solution – is Built to Share™. It offers the only automated part removal in the industry, and is paired with NVCloud software that allows users to print parts anytime, from any cloud-connected device – while providing administrators with full control of print queues and workflows typical in a shared-use scenario. This combination of capabilities makes the NVPro uniquely suited for continuous 24-7 operation in multi-user environments. There are over 50 NVPro’s in use today, with teams at organizations including Staples, Hypertherm and Wheelock College using our solution to easily 3D print any geometry, from anywhere, at any time.

Our NVLABS division is developing systems for printing metal parts. These systems combine the NVPro platform with metals print heads that utilize our Metal Additive Deposition (MAD) process. The patent-pending MAD process has many advantages over competing solutions. These include:

  • MAD uses ordinary wire rather than powders, lowering materials costs by over 90%;
  • Material deposition rates are up to 10x faster than competing techniques;
  • The process efficiently focuses melt-energy, dramatically reducing power consumption;
  • MAD does not require a vacuum or high temperature chamber, reducing machine size and cost;
  • The MAD process has been demonstrated with 21 different metals, greatly increasing material choices for manufacturers and designers; and
  • MAD will enable production of multi-metal parts.

These advantages, coupled with our established NVPro platform, position NVBOTS to revolutionize metal 3D printing and the additive manufacturing industry.

NVBOTS solves the toughest problems in 3D printing with education, innovation and commercialization.

Executive Team

Duncan McCallum, CEO

Duncan is an experienced CEO and investor with over two decades of success launching and leading new ventures. As an entrepreneur and CEO, Duncan has co-founded, built and sold two companies (Cilk Arts, VeloBit). Previously, Duncan served as a venture capitalist at Bessemer Venture Partners and Flagship Ventures, leading investments in 16 companies that have produced 12 acquisitions and an aggregate market capitalization in excess of $1.5 billion. Early in his career, Duncan led control system research teams at Draper Laboratory. He holds two degrees from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

AJ Perez, Chairman and Founder

AJ is Chairman of NVBOTS® and leads business activities at NVLABS. He is an expert in manufacturing process automation and additive manufacturing, and has taught graduate-level courses in 3D printing at MIT. AJ is an innovator with patents in a variety of areas including robotics, additive manufacturing, and instrument design. He received the Lemelon-MIT prize and Jerome Lemelson fellowship in recognition of his inventions, and has been named a Hive “25 under 25”. He holds a Masters in Advanced Manufacturing and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.

Dr. Paul Burke, VP of Research

Paul leads NVLABS R&D efforts. He is an expert in metals and sintering. He recently was the Lead Researcher and Project Manager at Group Sadoway, leading that team in collaboration with Professor Donald R. Sadoway at MIT. Paul has successfully led research teams focused on areas such as liquid metal batteries, electrochemical studies and automotive body sheet alloys. He previously held positions at Ambri Inc., Dalhousie University, Novelis Inc., Luxfer Gas Cylinders and Interactive Toy Concepts. Paul received a PhD in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, as well as a Masters of Applied Science, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, at Dalhousie University.

Elad Taig, VP of Engineering

Elad holds deep experience in the development and support of industrial 2D printing systems. As R&D Chief System Engineer and Senior Program Manager at HP Indigo, he led the creation and development of the Indigo 7000 digital press platform – an innovative system that has produced over $1 billion in revenue. The Indigo 7000 was one of the largest non-government engineering projects in Israel. After delivering the Indigo 7000, Elad immigrated to the US to lead the Indigo technical service organization (50+ employees, $80M revenue). He has 7 patents, and holds a B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from Ben-Gurion University, and an M.Sc in Electrical Engineering from Tel-Aviv University.

Christopher Haid, Director of Operations and Product Management and Founder

Christopher leads production, logistics, product management and customer service at NVBOTS®. He is an MIT graduate, with extensive robotic design and fabrication experience, and has been recognized in the Forbes 30 Under 30 in Manufacturing.

Mateo Pena Doll, Director of Hardware and Founder

Mateo Peña Doll leads the design and development of hardware products at NVBOTS®. Mateo has extensive experience with fabrication and precision machine design, including the design of the NVPro 3D printer frame and the assembly of human-compliant humanoid robots. He graduated from MIT, where he focused on control systems, product design and energy.

Forrest Pieper, Director of Software and Founder

Forrest leads the software team at NVBOTS®. Before joining NVBOTS®, Forrest did research at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL). He is an MIT graduate, where he specialized in robotics design.

Edward Brady, Director of Finance

Ed leads finance for NVBOTS®. He has years of experience in both design and manufacturing at Toyota. Ed holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh.

Lisa Griffin, Senior Account Executive

Lisa has over 25 years of sales experience. She has spent the last 12 years focused on the professional-grade 3D CAD software and 3D printing markets.

Board of Directors

Dr. Michael Foley

Dr. Michael Foley’s career as a General Manager led to two very successful liquidity events for the shareholders of Reflexite (sold to Orafol) and LSI (sold to Thermo Instruments). Since selling Reflexite and completing post-merger integration activities, he has worked as a professor, consultant, investor, and board member. In addition to his role at NVBOTS®, Michael currently serves as board member for Adcole and Hypertherm and adviser to RayDyne and Corning.

Jason Norris

Jason Norris is the Managing Director for The Bernstein Companies where he built a $100MM+ group focused in the tax credit sector. He is co-founder of Elektrofi which is a startup out of MIT based around biomedical nanotechnologies. Before joining the board, Jason was the lead investor for NVBOTS®. He received his MBA from MIT.

Carey Chen

Carey Chen is the CEO and board vice chair of Cincinnati Incorporated manufacturer of large scale industrial equipment including press brakes, shears, lasers, powder metal machines, and BAAM (Big Area Additive Manufacturing). He has previously worked as CFO & CIO of Hypertherm, Inc. and VP of finance of Wiremold | Legrand. Carey serves as board director and treasurer of the American Welding Society.