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Ric Fulop

Ric Fulop


Desktop Metal

Ric Fulop is the CEO and co-founder of Desktop Metal, a company committed to accelerating the transformation of manufacturing with end-to-end metal 3D printing solutions.

Founded in 2015 by leaders in advanced manufacturing, materials science, and robotics, the company is addressing the unmet challenges of speed, cost, and quality to make metal 3D printing an essential tool for engineers and manufacturers around the world.

Prior to founding Desktop Metal in October 2015, Ric was a General Partner at North Bridge, a VC fund with $3 billion under management, for five years following a fifteen-year career as an entrepreneur. Fulop is the founder of six technology companies, including A123 Systems, Boston's largest IPO in the past decade and one of the world’s largest automotive lithium ion suppliers with revenue exceeding $500M in 2016. At North Bridge, Ric led the software and 3D investing practices, and was an early stage investor and board member in Dyn (acquired by Oracle for $600 million), Onshape, MarkForged, Salsify, Lytro and Gridco.

Ric is a former Board Member of the Electric Drive Transportation Association and holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School where he was a Sloan Fellow.


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At Desktop Metal, our portfolio of Team DM brands was carefully curated by the brightest engineering minds to drive the future of Additive Manufacturing 2.0, or production-volume 3d printing.

We’ve paired 3D printing technologies that we view as truly product capable with performance materials and select applications and technologies to help drive the next generation of additive. Achieving this goal requires speeds and costs that compete with conventional manufacturing, as well as new levels of uptime and reliability in 3D printing.

Our #TeamDM employees are passionate in the belief that AM 2.0 technologies can deliver more advanced parts and products that can truly change the world at high, meaningful volumes. From lighter, smarter vehicles to new sources of energy to completely customizable patient care products, our team is aggressively pursuing a sustainable and modern manufacturing technology future.

In less than a decade, Desktop Metal has helped to reshape the AM industry. With a growing team of 1000+ employees, we’re now the world leaders in binder jet 3D printing, and we’re also proud to have one of the world’s largest networks of DLP polymer customers – two processes we view as key to driving mass 3D production. Headquartered in Burlington, MA, Desktop Metal now has engineering facilities in California, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas – as well as Germany, Italy, Belgium, and Japan. In all, our distribution network now spans 65+ countries, with 200+ partners. What’s more, our technology is powering some of the best-known manufacturers in the world.


Desktop Metal at RAPID + TCT 2024
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Desktop Metal (NYSE:DM) is driving Additive Manufacturing 2.0, a new era of on-demand, digital mass production of industrial, medical, and consumer products. Our innovative 3D printers, materials, and software deliver the speed, cost, and part quality required for this transformation. We’re the original inventors and world leaders of the 3D printing methods we believe will empower this shift, binder jetting and digital light processing. Today, our systems print metal, polymer, sand and other ceramics, as well as foam and recycled wood. Manufacturers use our technology worldwide to save time and money, reduce waste, increase flexibility, and produce designs that solve the world’s toughest problems and enable once-impossible innovations. Learn more about Desktop Metal and our #TeamDM brands at

Join Desktop Metal, on the Main Stage for the Executive Perspective Keynote Series Panel

Thursday, June 27, 2024

8:30 AM | SME Main Stage
Keynote Series Executive Perspective
Ric Fulop, CEO, Desktop Metal

Gain unparalleled access to the minds shaping the global additive manufacturing landscape. Join us each morning as we kick off RAPID + TCT with our inaugural Executive Perspectives Panel discussions. Meet industry luminaries each day as they tackle your biggest AM questions. Hear about innovative trends, industry evolution along with the greatest opportunities and challenges for the future of AM. Don’t miss these must-attend inspiring talks.