Our company will manufacture Selective Laser Melting (SLM) 3D Printers for the amateur, prosumer, educational and consumer markets. SLM offers many advantages over the current technologies available to our target market- namely Fused Deposition Modeling (used by MakerBot Replicator or the LulzBot TAZ) and Stereolithography (used by the Form1 or the Pegasus.) In comparison to FDM and SLA technologies, SLM offers greater flexibility in part design/geometry, faster print speeds, greater durability and obviates the need for post-processing steps like removing scaffolding or using toxic chemicals. SLM technology offers superior quality results, but is largely restricted to industry owing to its six figure price tag. Consequently, those in our target market must resort to 3D printing services like Shapeways if they need the advantages of SLM. We came up with a low cost product whose $3500 price puts it solidly within the reach of our target market....
Our company will manufacture Selective Laser Melting (SLM) 3D Printers for the amateur, prosumer, educational and consumer markets. SLM offers many advantages over the current technologies available to our target market- namely Fused Deposition Modeling (used by MakerBot Replicator or the LulzBot TAZ) and Stereolithography (used by the Form1 or the Pegasus.) In comparison to FDM and SLA technologies, SLM offers greater flexibility in part design/geometry, faster print speeds, greater durability and obviates the need for post-processing steps like removing scaffolding or using toxic chemicals. SLM technology offers superior quality results, but is largely restricted to industry owing to its six figure price tag. Consequently, those in our target market must resort to 3D printing services like Shapeways if they need the advantages of SLM. We came up with a low cost product whose $3500 price puts it solidly within the reach of our target market.
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Pat Condon Advisor at simles

Josh and Katie are a great team. I met them over a year ago when they wheeled a very early version of their SLM printer into my office. Their knowledge of the space was impressive and their enthusiasm was infectious. They’ve made a ton of progress since then. I’ve been in awe of how much they can get done with very few resources. They are the absolute epitome of bootstrapping entrepreneurs. I’ve enjoyed getting to know them and continue to be inspired by their work ethic and determination.

Christopher Pitts

When I first met Josh in high school, I thought he was full of it when he mentioned all of the projects he had done, only to be blown away when they all turned out to be real!

We've been best friends for 19 years, and I'm still being blown away.

I doubted him when we were 14 and he told me he had a modem in his school locker that I could borrow. I was playing BBS games that same night.

I doubted him five years ago when he said he could build a megawatt pulse laser with $6 worth of garbage from Home Depot and some disposable camera parts. Mental note: I really need to have the brown spot that laser left on my hand checked out by someone.

I doubted him the next year when he said he could turn a 17" LCD monitor into a 13' projector. That projector is part of my theater room equipment today.

I even doubted him when he said he could build a 3D printer from the ground up, and turn it into a viable product. I guess I enjoy feeling like an idiot.

Doubt Joshua Dickerson at your own risk.

Jason Beens

This is a very resourceful and intelligent couple. Josh is gifted with an ability to deeply understand the physical world, and leverage technology to maximum effect. Katie is clear sighted and possess an aura that hints at her decisiveness and efficiency.

I am deeply impressed by what they have been able to accomplish given very modest means. They are the seeds of a strong product development team that only lacks sufficient resources to create a strong and profitable company.

Siyao Gu

I've known Joshua for over 5 years now and he is one of the most hard-working and empowering people I've known. He is always challenging himself with bigger and more innovative projects, and he always sees them to completion. If there is anyone that I would entrust my business to, it would be Joshua.

Ryan Springer CLO (Logistics) at Bezoar Laboratories

Joshua and Kathrine are some of the smartest people that I have ever met. I have seen them design and build everything from guitar amplification circuits to HDTV projectors and 3D printers. With their backgrounds in physics, lasers, electronics, and chemistry, I do not believe that there is a scientific technology that they cannot master and improve upon. They are dedicated people, and willing to work hard to accomplish their goals.

Marion Burzynski

Joshua and Kathrine are two of the hardest working, most dedicated people I have ever met. They put 110% of their efforts into everything that they do and always manage to complete the task at hand. You can be assured that the end product will be a quality product. They are very successful at balancing their work and family life and together make an excellent team. I highly recommend the use of their company.
Marion Burzynski