Azul 3D appoints chemist Mike Idacavage to its advisory board

SKOKIE, Ill .– (BUSINESS WIRE) – Mike J. Idacavage, an expert in UV curing technology and 3D printing resins, has joined the Azul 3D Scientific Advisory Board.

A longtime leader in UV and electron beam curing, Idacavage founded Radical Curing LLC, where he acts as the liaison between the company and its customers and technical advisor on a variety of innovative and groundbreaking projects.

“Mike has an incredible background in polymers for 3D printing, both in academia and industry,” said Paul Decker, CEO of Azul 3D. “In addition to our HARP (High Area Rapid Printing) technology, we are developing a wide range of new light-curing resins with which we can print a wide range of components that are rigid, elastic, flexible or ceramic. Mike’s expertise goes perfectly together as we develop new materials that make it easier to 3D print mainstream products. ”

“I am thrilled to be helping the Azul 3D team successfully transform additive manufacturing from its inception into standard industrial practice,” said Idacavage. “Azul’s innovative technology will dramatically improve the performance of a 3D printed part for commercial applications and I look forward to being part of this groundbreaking effort.”

Idacavage has been in the energy curing industry for 36 years – since joining Eastman Chemicals’ photopolymer lab in 1985. Since then he has held management positions at NAPP Systems, UCB Chemicals, Cytec, PL Industries and Colorado Photopolymer Solutions. Idacavage is an active member of RadTech North America’s energy healing association, where he was secretary and then president of the executive board of directors. In 2003 he received the RadTech Presidential Award for excellence in the radiation curing industry.

Idacavage received his BA in Chemistry from Drexel University and his Ph.D. in organometallic chemistry from Syracuse University. He also teaches courses in UV curable polymer chemistry and UV controlled 3D printing at SUNY-ESF.


Azul 3DTM is a leading 3D printing company that is transforming the additive manufacturing industry. Originally invented at Northwestern University, HARPTM prints 3D structures from a wide range of materials. The HARP-based first-time printers are able to produce parts regardless of their size at production speeds, with throughput clearly outperforming the competition and becoming competitive with injection molding. With Azul 3D, manufacturers can move from prototype to mass production on a single, optimized production platform. Combined with proprietary industrial grade materials, it offers the opportunity for just-in-time mass production of various highly customized products.

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