Former MakerBot Head of Software Far McKon Joins Berlin-based 3D Printing Pioneer BigRep As New Head of Software
• Former MakerBot Head of Software to oversee future development of software and control electronics.
• BigRep CEO René Gurka: “Far McKon knows how to re-imagine the industry from the core.”
• McKon: „For me, BigRep is the most-exciting hardware Start-Up in Berlin.”
Berlin, January 28, 2016. Renowned American software developer Far McKon is joining Berlin-based tech start-up BigRep, manufacturer and developer of the world’s largest serially available 3D printer. The 38-year old American will join BigRep as new Head of Software effective immediately and will chiefly oversee the future development of the software as well as control electronics for the start-up’s large scale 3D printer BigRep ONE. “We are very proud to be bringing a real original from the US maker and hacker scene to Berlin with Far McKon,“ says BigRep CEO René Gurka. “In his former positions, at MakerBot among others, Far has shown us how to profoundly re-imagine the industry. For BigRep he will now be expanding many of the things he achieved there, only instead of desktop 3D printers he will now be working with BigRep’s large scales.”
Far McKon, who relocated to Berlin from the US with his family, is looking forward to the new challenge: “Berlin is very international, bringing together know-how from a variety of disciplines which gives it great potential for innovation as a location. These are ideal conditions for makers like myself. 3D printing technologies are my greatest passion, I look forward to contributing to BigRepwith my expertise, and to make our visions come true: to change tomorrow’s product development, industrial production and logistics from the core with large scale 3D printing,” Far McKon states.
Far McKon has been developing solutions for 3D printing technology since the 2000s and looks back on many years of experience in the US start-up scene. His previous positions include Chief Engineerwith BuLogic/StratIS in Philadelphia, PA, Head of Software with MakerBot Industries in Brooklyn, NY, and Scrum Manager with Bug Labs in New York, NY. He has also been invited to speak at various engineering and hacker conferences and is the founder of three non-profits organizations. He is welcomed at BigRep by a team of like-minded colleagues and may likely make an appearance at the next CC Congress as well as the CCC Camp.
Far McKon, new Head of Software with BigRep
BigRep is a Berlin-based tech startup and manufacturer and developer of the world’s largest serial 3D printer. Founded in 2014, the company became the market and technological leader for large-scale serial 3D printing in only 18 months, aiming to revolutionize design, prototyping, and industrial production from the core. Prestigious enterprises and institutions from around the world rely on BigRep’s 3D printing solutions. With a volume of more than 1m³, BigRep ONE is the largest FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) printer currently available on the world market, thus bridging the gap between 3D printers designed for modelling and industrial use. The BigRep ONE.2 received the German Design Award Gold 2016 by the German Design Council in October 2015. BigRep’s ever-growing team of presently 40 employees from ten nations is passionately committed to working on the next industrial revolution. See a sped-up 3D printing procedure with a BigRep ONE here: http://bit.ly/1S1UENV.
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Passionate about entrepreneurship & helping entrepreneurs, and inspired by the ever-changing digital space, and our 3d printing-enabled future, Itai Levitan is an entrepreneur, marketer, investor, and adviser. Itai has been raised in Israel and the United States, educated in Australia and is now living in one of the coolest cities in Europe, Berlin. Itai Levitan is the Co-founder of Inside3DP.com