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Lt. Gov. Hochul tours Vader Systems shop and lauds inventors

Scott (right) and Zach Vader inside their Amherst, New York, factory. Credit: Douglas Levere.

By GROVE POTTER

Published February 28, 2017

“Three-dimensional printing is projected to become a $30 billion industry by 2022, and we really want New York State to innovate in this field.”
Kathy Hochul, New York Lieutenant Governor

New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul stopped in at the Vader Systems shop in Getzville on Monday to see what all the excitement is about. And she was impressed.

What’s believed to be the world’s first liquid metal printing system for manufacturing was something she had heard about and wanted to see.

After meeting with the father and son team of Scott and Zack Vader, Hochul spoke about the opportunities for future hiring and continuing innovation at the company.

“Three-dimensional printing is projected to become a $30 billion industry by 2022, and we really want New York State to innovate in this field.” Hochul said. “Our main objective is to have people trained to be able to fill jobs in the field.”

Hochul said businesses like Vader Systems, which has hired five engineering graduates from the UB, can contribute to the state educational system by making sure what schools teach is looking toward the future.

“Teach us what we need in the next three to five years,” she said. “Where is this going?”

Company CEO Scott Vader said the “disruptive technology” that their system represents has found a hungry market among “aggressive early adopters.” The company plans to sell 10 of its metal printing machines in the next year.

Vader Systems joined the state’s START-UP NY economic development program through its affiliation with UB.

UB engineering researchers Edward P. Furlani, Ciprian N. Ionita and Chi Zhou are each working with the company.