Moldmaking Technology Magazine searched for 30 individuals under the age of 30 making a difference in moldmaking, both in their company and in the moldmaking community. The emphasis is on leadership and potential leadership—whether for a current employer or overall involvement in the industry—but they are also hardworking industry volunteers and community members who take pride in giving back to the moldmaking industry.
Matsuura’s Nicholas Mitchell was recognized as one of this year’s 30 Under 30. Nicholas is an innovator and thought leader who is helping to shape the future of moldmaking and AM. He graduated from Dunwoody College of Technology, earning an Associate of Applied Science degree in engineering drafting and design. What separates Nicholas from the rest is his determination and resolve to be a part of emerging technology. He quickly realized how different and transformative 3D metal AM can be in moldmaking.
Nicholas initially learned about hybrid AM technology and moldmaking throughout his classwork, but then followed that up with researching Matsuura and its metal laser sintering/CNC milling hybrid technology. His interest grew and eventually led him to Matsuura’s internship program, where he generated fresh ideas in moldmaking and demonstrated enthusiasm to gain real-world experience.
As an intern, much of his role was taking work off our busy Matsuura Lumex Team’s plate to facilitate projects. Nick was doing the actual work and doing it well. We have the utmost trust in Nick, as he took the internship at Matsuura USA as seriously as he would a full-time job. Showing dedication, he always met deadlines and exceeded our goals.
Nick quickly realized how transformative 3D metal AM in moldmaking could be. He has become integral in training and supporting distributor engineers and customers in the operation and application of the Lumex product line within mold manufacturing. He empowers innovation by connecting with partners and customers to share information and collaborate. He is the first in the morning to arrive for a moldmaking project and the last to leave. He not only seeks to find the answer, but he also enjoys problem solving along the way.
He is continuing with his education and is a candidate for a B.S. in industrial engineering technology. Nick also earned his Certified Solidworks Associate (CSWA) certification, Certified Solidworks Professional (CSWP) certification, and certifications from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS, Fairfax, Virginia).