Jacqueline Sosnowski is a Project Manager for The Technology House in Streetsboro, Ohio. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Management in May 2016 from John Carroll University (JCU).
Jacqueline attended John Carroll under a service-based scholarship. During this time, she co-founded a student lead program that allowed young women to provide mentorship and stewardship to female resident at Cleveland Juvenile Detention Center. Upon graduation, Jacqueline received recognition as an Outstanding Senior for Service from JCU’s Boler College of Business.
A Girl Scout since the age of five and recipient of the Gold Award (comparable to Boy Scout’s Eagle rank), she is an active volunteer and continues to serve as a Gold Award Mentor for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio. In her spare time, Jacqueline serves as the VP & Director of Marketing for Young Catholic Professionals – Cleveland chapter.
Jackie, could you let us know about your background and what brought you to 3D printing in the first place?
I graduated in May 2016 from John Carroll University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Management. Initially, I attended the university as a Biology major with an interest in cancer research. I was drawn to the position at The Technology House (TTH) because of their involvement in the medical industry.
What was your very first experience with 3D Printing?
I had an awareness of 3D printing but by no means was I an expert. I remember a close friend in college using a MakerBot machine to print various items out of his dorm room and I was intrigued about the process. My very first hands-on experience was during my onboarding at TTH. Being able to see an order of several parts printed in less than 24 hours had me looking forward to my involvement in this industry.
Could you explain furthermore what The Technology House is and the services that you are providing?
The Technology House (TTH) is a contract manufacturer located outside of Cleveland, Ohio. The company started in 1996 with one seat of Pro-E modeling software license and one Stereolithography (SLA) machine from 3D Systems for rapid prototyping. TTH has since grown capabilities in additive as well as production and have expanded into two facilities. In 2008, TTH established a subsidiary, Sea Air Space Machining & Molding (SAS), which holds ISO certifications: ISO 9001, AS9100C, 13485, NADCAP, and ITAR as well as WBENC and WOSB certifications.
I joined TTH in 2016 as a Project Manager. In my role, I maintain and generate customers who are buyers and engineers in various industries. Most of our customers do not have a strong understanding of 3D printing. It is then my job to determine the best process for their part(s). I can look at how their part is being used, the material requirements, and their budget. From this information provided, I am able to offer the most suitable option(s).
What kind of manufacturing capacities do you have in-house?
TTH offers several 3D printing options: SLA, FDM, SLS, and Carbon CLIP. The company also offers urethane casting, injection molding, metal castings, CNC machining (milling, turning and 5-axis), and EDM machining with sinker and wire. We also offer various options for finishing, paint, and assembly services. In 2015, TTH was chosen as a Carbon Inc. beta test site. We continue to operate as a production partner with them and have been a trial location for their new product offerings such as the Meter Mix Machine, Smart Part Washer, and newly released materials.
Who are your customers?
My customers vary widely from medical to consumer products and aerospace to automotive. These range from small startups to Fortune 100 companies.
Do you have any (fun or not) story about the company or your career to share with us?
TTH has a family-like atmosphere with pet dogs that join us throughout the work week. TTH prides itself in giving back to the community. I have taken responsibility of planning and executing quarterly company-wide service events. These events take place after work hours on and off-site. I even planned a dog supplies drive for a local shelter in hour of our four-legged work colleagues.
Have you run into any challenges from being a woman in 3D Printing?
I have been fortunate to work for a company where I have not encountered any gender issues. TTH has nearly 50% of women who serve roles in management. Although 3D printing is typically male-dominated, my challenge has been based on age rather than gender.
Anything exciting coming up you’d like us to know about?
I am working on many exciting projects at the moment, but I cannot share due to intellectual property. At TTH we are always looking for new opportunities for 3D printing in higher levels of production with our Carbon and SLS processes. Professionally I am studying for my Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate which I hope to obtain by the end of 2019.
What is the most impressive or impactful use of 3D printing you’ve seen so far?
This past October, TTH took home the Consumer Product Application Award at the 2018 TCT Awards in partnership with Carbon and Vitamix, in the creation of a nozzle. With a diverse team, we were able to design a part that was originally 6 injection molded parts into 1 printed part on the M2 Carbon M2 machine. There were many challenges such as the ability to perform with bleach and durability. After several iterations, the final part used 30% less material, 33% more economical, and 10X durable.
What do you consider game-changing technologies in Additive Manufacturing?
Bioprinting of cells layer by layer to produce tissues, tendons, and organs. I know we are just at the beginning, but I cannot wait to see how many lives this technology will affect.
What makes the 3D printing industry particularly interesting for you:
- As a business person?
The industry has been around for 30 years, which a lot of people do not realize! By utilizing 3D printing more companies can conserve time, resources, and monetary allocation for prototyping and production.
- As a woman?
The industry provides a balance between creative and analytical thinkers and it is encouraging to see other women succeed in this field every day. I hope to be a role model to younger girls interested in this field.
What do you think of the 3D printing industry today? And how would you like to see it evolve?
I am impressed by this industry due to the ever-changing nature of printers, materials, and processes. In two years alone, I have observed pivotal changes with new additive manufacturing machines and additional materials. I would like to see more industrial 3D printers since many of the printers that have been released are desktop printers.
In your opinion, how could we encourage more women to become involved with 3D Printing?
Introducing 3D printing to girls at a younger age! I have been involved with the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) since I was five years old. As of this past summer, the GSUSA is now offering over 30 new badges in STEM. This is making young girls excited about STEM fields and hopefully increase awareness of 3D printing. I had an opportunity to visit my all-girls high school (Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart) two years ago for their annual Career Day and was impressed by the girls’ knowledge of 3D printing. They even have a “Collaboratory” that is equipped with several desktop 3D printers and other equipment that promotes STEM. I would like to see other institutions implement a similar concepts and resources to increase involvement and awareness to young women.
Favorite 3D tool (could be a software, machine, material…you name it)? Carbon 3D machine
Favorite moment in your day job? Variability of workload. One hour I can be quoting a project for a medical device and the next hour I can be quoting 3D printing production for consumer use.
What’s on your 3D Printing wish list for the next 5 years? HP full color jet fusion