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Impossible Objects is proud to announce that Jeffrey DeGrange has been selected as the recipient of the 2023 SME Industry Achievement Award. SME, the nonprofit association committed to advancing the widespread adoption of manufacturing technologies and developing North America’s talent and capabilities, announced the winners of its Additive Manufacturing Industry Awards at RAPID + TCT 2023, North America’s largest and most influential additive manufacturing (AM) event.
Established in 2008, the AM Industry Achievement Award, recognizes an individual or team for outstanding accomplishments that significantly impact the application of AM in any industry. It recognizes achievements implemented or deployed in a commercial/industrial environment versus research or investigative work. Scope and scale of benefits realized and the potential future impact their work will have on the industry are key differentiators.
DeGrange was recognized for his contributions over a distinguished career for significantly advancing AM in aviation and across a broad range of industries. He led Boeing’s corporate AM transition and successfully led the team that certified and qualified production flight parts on the F/A-18 Hornet and 787 Dreamliner.
"Jeffrey DeGrange has been a driving force in the additive manufacturing industry for over 30 years," said Bob Swartz, Founder of Impossible Objects. "His dedication to advancing the technology has been instrumental in the growth and success of the industry as a whole. We are honored to have him on our team and are thrilled that he has been recognized with this prestigious award."
"I am humbled and honored to receive the SME Industry Achievement Award," said Jeffrey DeGrange. "I have been fortunate to work in an industry that is constantly evolving and pushing the boundaries of what is possible. I am grateful to the entire additive manufacturing community for their dedication and passion, and I look forward to continuing to work with them to advance the technology even further."