In a weekly column, alternately written by Lucien Engelen, Maarten Steinbuch, Carlo van de Weijer, Daan Kersten and Tessie Hartjes, E52 tries to find out what the future will look like. All five contributors are all working on technologies that can provide solutions to the problems of our time. This Sunday, it‘s Daan Kersten’s turn. It’s his goodbye column.
As I begin this column, I fly at high altitude across the Atlantic Ocean on my way to the US to help kickstart our local business. A nice new step in the boy’s book that is called Additive Industries. Several thoughts are going through my mind.
Firstly, I can still hear Lucien Engelen’s column from last week, he’s holding back a little and then he writes another book (even now, he keeps inspiring people, what a special colleague). Also the pride and acknowledgment we received this week as ‘New Champion’ in Het Financieele Dagblad give a warm feeling. Yet one thought keeps coming back… the fact that this is my last column for this beautiful Eindhoven medium.
My agenda and the large number of subjects on my proverbial plate make it difficult at times to make mental space for the creative writing process. Also, I do not have time to read about exponential technologies and make you part of this again and again, which is still the goal of this column. That is why I have decided, with editor-in-chief Bart, that I am going to make room for a new columnist who is going to take you into the exponential world from his or her perspective. The world that keeps amazing, inspiring and firstly frustrates us (if it appears in the lower part of the exponential curve that there is no result of all the efforts).
On my exponential 3D metal printing curve we are now rising at a staggering pace, fascinating to see. We are working for fantastic companies in leading industries like Airbus in aerospace, BMW and GKN in the automotive industry and Kaak in the food tech. They challenge us every day to get more out of technology, something that our new partner, the Sauber Formule 1 team, will undoubtedly do too. This now requires all attention to ensure that in our company the credo of this column is always valid and that we get a bit better every day. Especially in the year that we have given the theme ‘training for growth’, focus is crucial. So I will stop at a peak, at least literally in this blue bird, and wish you a lot of reading pleasure with my SingularityU colleagues Maarten, Carlo, Lucien and Tessie. I am going to miss writing this column for you, it was an honour to make you a part of my experiences every Sunday morning. Thank you for the attention and I hope you will be well, I mean BETTER ☺.