Entrepreneurs of the Week: Scott & Zachary Vader – Vader Systems, LLC

May 14, 2014

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Scott Vader and Zachary Vader

Co-Founders, Vader Systems, Inc.

This father and son team are co-founders of Vader Systems, LLC a 3D printer manufacturing startup. Scott has over 30 years of engineering and manufacturing management experience with expertise in composite and lean manufacturing for the truck equipment industry. He holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and is an active member of makerspace Buffalo Lab. He currently provides much of the engineering heavy lifting for Vader Systems and is acting President.

Zachary has previously worked on several business ideas including road skis, a helmet to prevent injuries from IED blasts, selling high performance liquid-cooled gaming computers and designing a gas turbine micro-generator. While working on the gas turbine idea he realized that while state of the art design tools are mature, metal 3D printing was too expensive to be used practically. His answer was a novel approach of inkjet printing molten metals using magnetic propulsion. He is 21 years old and Vader Systems was created to commercialize his idea. Zachary undertook mechanical engineering at University of Buffalo, before becoming an entrepreneur.

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Vader Systems, LLC

www.vadersystems.com

Vader Vader Systems is focused on rapidly commercializing this novel proprietary metal 3D printing technology. This technology can increase production rates 1000 times over current metal rapid prototyping machines with a 10 fold reduction in cost enabling metal 3D printing to realize it’s promise of becoming a broadly used practical manufacturing process. The Vader Systems, Jupiter Series is the company’s first product. This limited run of 20 machines is destined for corporate and National Labs evaluating new additive manufacturing technologies. Vader Systems is also looking to connect with local Buffalo engineering firms, machine shops,colleges, manufacturers and anyone else interested in 3D printing technology. Vader Systems plans to be located within the new high tech workshop zone at the Innovation Center in downtown Buffalo, NY thanks to assistance from StartUP-NY. University at Buffalo through TCIE is providing technical assistance. Launch NY is providing mentoring and networking help. The Vader Systems co-founders run a popular open 3D printing night every third Monday of the month at Buffalo Lab at The Foundry.

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