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The 3MF Consortium has announced that it has joined the Linux Foundation and also appointed HP’s Luis Baldez as its new Executive Director (ED).

Baldez supersedes Microsoft’s Adrian Lannin, who has served as ED since the 3MF Consortium was founded in 2015. Among the original creators of the 3MF Consortium, Lannin will remain a strategic advisor to the group.

The 3MF Consortium, the organization dedicated to advancing a universal specification for 3D printing, is among the original members of the Joint Development Foundation (JDF), which became part of the Linux Foundation in recent years to enable smooth collaboration among open source software projects and open standards.

3MF said that it will take advantage of the combined strengths of the Linux Foundation/JDF alliance to advance 3D printing specifications and formats.

“The 3MF Consortium has done the important work to create an open standard for 3D printing. The time is now to drive the evolution of 3MF from development to implementation,” said Luis Baldez, executive director, 3MF Consortium. “We would not be where we are today without Adrian Lannin’s leadership and contributions, and we’re looking forward to his insights as our ongoing advisor.”

Baldez was recently elected Executive Director by the 3MF Consortium membership to expand upon the technical progress and success of the 3MF standard by building new functionalities for the standard through collaboration with Linux Foundation and JDF.

Baldez is a 3D printing veteran with experience across new research, market and business development, the company said. It is this combination of expertise that is said to make him well-suited for the ED role at 3MF Consortium, where the focus is maturing from standards development to implementation and adoption. Baldez has also held R&D engineering leadership positions at other multinationals and startups.

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