Which skills do you need for a career in 3D printing?

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According to Michael Thai Trung King, a 3D-printing product-development chemist at Henkel, communication and teamwork are crucial to the job.

Michael Thai Trung King is a 3D-printing product-development chemist at chemical and consumer goods company Henkel. Having completed his studies in pharmaceutical and medicinal chemistry, he interned with the company straight after college.

“Henkel Ireland is one of the few places in Ireland that has an industrial R&D facility, so that was very appealing,” he says. “At Henkel, I met some fantastic people who advised me to undertake a PhD if I truly wanted a career in research. I obtained a PhD from RCSI and returned to Henkel to pursue industrial research.
“My experience in adhesives and polymer chemistry, through my work with Henkel, together with a strong understanding of chemistry, has helped immensely in my current product development role in 3D printing.”

Michael Thai Trung King. Image: Henkel

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Although pharma is a highly technical field, teamwork and communication have been some of the most crucial skills Thai Trung King has had to draw on in his career so far. These are the skills that have helped him deliver projects with tight …

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