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An Interview with Joe Anand, CEO, MecSoft
March 11, 2015
We have spent a good amount of time talking to people in the 3D printing industry with the goal of providing coverage which is both comprehensive in scope and applicable to everyone interested in this technology. In this next segment in our Expert Interviews series, we turn our focus temporarily from the companies who are manufacturing the printers to one that has developed software used in conjunction with them. Mr. Anand, an industry veteran, has been the CEO of MecSoft since 1997. The interview was conducted via email, and the transcript is here below.
1) What is it from your background that led you to MecSoft in the first place?
2) How long has MecSoft been involved with 3D printing? I understand that the industry has actually been around a lot longer than just the last four or five years when it really took off.
3) What types of files does your software produce, .STL, .OBJ, others?
4) Can you give us the names/models of the printers and companies that are using your software to pair with their 3D printers? Or, is it the case of where your software can be used with any of a specific type of printer on the market?
5) Are there currently any limits as to the types of objects that can be designed with your software? How scalable (small or large) can the designs be? What operating systems is it compatible with?
6) How would an interested company partner with your company to use MecSoft software? Is it as "simple" as a license agreement, or is it customizable at all at this point?
7) Do you have a particular target audience or industry in mind with your current 3D printing software?
8) Once again, without giving away too much, what other future applications or industries are you hoping to engage with down the road?
9) In your mind, given the wealth of 3D printing technologies and devices out there, what makes your software stand out from the crowd?
10) Given the explosion in the industry, what do you see from it in the next 5-10 years? Will it continue to become more crowded and do you think we will reach a point where it becomes commonplace for everyday consumers to have a 3-D printer in their house?