James Hedrick

Azul 3D

CTO and Founder

James Hedrick is currently the CTO and founder of Azul 3D which is commercializing the first 3D printing technology capable of competing with the speed, strength, and economy of scale of injection molding. He started his first company at the age of 16. The profits paid for his college tuition at MIT, where he was also an NCAA student athlete. He has done research from drug delivery to flexible electronics to lithography. He received his PhD at Northwestern University with Professor Mirkin. He was a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate. He has authored 16 manuscripts and over a dozen patents. He was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2020.


2024 CME NASA Symposium Abstract

Even though the adoption of additive manufacturing is at an all time high, the percentage of end use goods made directly from additive manufacturing is a relatively low volume of manufactured parts in the world today. One of the largest issues is that people are trying to not only make a device with additive for the first time but also replace a thermoplastic with a thermoset. We demonstrate a new partnership approach to making thermosets UV curable.