Meet our New Member Spotlight for April: Buck Helfferich,
President and CEO of Tronix3D.
Tronix3D is the region’s first true high-volume 3D printing contract manufacturer. It is strategically located within the Westmoreland Advanced Technology Center in Mt. Pleasant. The company, founded on Buck’s 30 years of contract manufacturing experience, recently installed its first 3D printer that is able to print, not only high-precision prototypes, but also high volumes of end-use parts, in a matter of hours. In fact, when it comes to printing high volumes of parts, Tronix3D’s system is 10 times faster than any other technology on the market today. 3D printed parts can, and are, being used for nearly anything you can imagine – tooling, jigs, test fixtures, car parts, repair parts for military equipment, Mars rovers, and even fully functional robotic hands and prosthetics.
Buck finds his line of work truly rewarding. “The 3D printing industry is fascinating,” he says. “It pushes your imagination to an entirely new level. It’s like when Apple came out with the iPhone and you could enlist an app to overcome nearly any challenge you faced. Armed with this new technology, we now have the ability to very quickly transform ideas into reality with only the push of a button.”
What are Buck’s expectations of being involved with the Chamber? He says, “I value being a member of the Westmoreland County Chamber. I feel it is vitally important that industry is directly involved in its own workforce development and retention. The Chamber is doing a great job serving as a central beacon of information, guidance and collaboration for new business development and retention. Its success, however, relies on businesses and educational institutions that actively participate in it, as well as the support of the community at large.”
In his spare time, Buck enjoys spending as much time as possible with his family, “the center of his existence.” They enjoy the great outdoors—kayaking, camping, going to the beach, hiking with their dogs, or simply sitting around a fire talking and laughing.
Find out more at www.tronixllc.com