About us

Titanium Additive Manufacturing

Leaders in titanium additive manufacturing, Zenith Tecnica are pushing the boundaries of 3D printing – blurring the line between the possible and impossible.

Who are we?

Zenith Tecnica is a contract manufacturer that specialises in titanium 3D printing. We care about your products and create components which meet your manufacturing specifications.

If you are new to metal 3D printing, our design and manufacture team can work alongside you to create your engineering & manufacturing specifications. We are here to help you every step of the way, from prototype through to full scale production.

We offer everything from design to a finished product and turnkey project management. Visit our capabilities page to see our full range of services.

History

Team

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Heather Grace

General Manager

Heather Grace

General Manager
  • NZCS Chemistry
  • NZ Diploma Surface Coatings Technology
  • NZIM Management Diploma
  • Diploma in Psychology – Specialising in Workplace Psychology

Heather is the founder of the TechBiz Success Academy, and Success With Grace Ltd, an NZTE registered training provider specialised in growing successful technology businesses. Heather has over 30 years’ commercial experience in the science, engineering and technology sectors. She was co-founder of Technology Systems and held Sales Management, Business Development, Network Management and General Management roles with Bayer NZ, Downer EDI and Rebain International.

Heather holds an NZCS in Chemistry, an NZIM Management Diploma and a Diploma in Workplace Psychology. Her background provides Zenith Tecnica with expertise in sales and business growth strategies, leadership and talent management. She also brings international business experience in technology, manufacturing, service, distribution and supply chain management.

In her spare time, Heather enjoys ocean swimming, scuba diving and sailing.

Trent Mainwaring

Operations Manager

Trent Mainwaring

Operations Manager
  • Bachelor of Engineering Technology, AUT University
  • Arcam EBM Certification Training Level 1
  • Arcam EBM Certification Training Level 2
  • Solidworks Surface Modelling Training
  • Materialise Magics Certification

Trent was approached and employed by the founders of Zenith Tecnica when the company was being established in 2014. His role was to manage all CAD and file preparation operations and quoting. As Zenith grew, his role shifted into Production Manager and now to Operations Manager overseeing Zenith Tecnica’s team of engineers.

Trent’s engineering career started with fabrication as an ASME and NZS certified welder fabricator in the super yacht and construction industries. He quickly progressed to a Project & Factory Manager role for a specialist steel fabrication company. This was a very competitive industry where his major focus was on process- and cycle-time improvement and the related effect on costings.

After a hiatus exploring the globe, he then moved into the foundry industry. As Foundry Foreman he gained valuable experience in the fields of centrifugal-, die-, sand-, and investment-casting. This also included the design and build of wax injection machinery and fixturing equipment.

Trent’s passion for mechanical design lead him to a role as Project Manager & Design Engineer at a fabrication and profile cutting firm. This role entailed the design and build of bespoke mattress production line machinery. In this role he also project managed the manufacture and installation of production line conveyors and storage systems in Australasia’s largest foam manufacturing plant.

Peter Sefont

Technical Director

Peter Sefont

Technical Director
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) – Mechatronics, The University of Auckland
  • GE Additive – Arcam EBM Material Development (Level 3)
  • Hi-Tech Metrology – Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing with Coordinate Metrology
  • Applied Vehicle Dynamics Seminar, Optimum G

Peter leads Zenith Tecnica’s customer engagements and the engineering team to ensure that customer requirements are met. Peter started with Zenith Tecnica as a mechanical engineer in 2016 and has been a leader in the production team since 2018 when he was managing day-to-day production efforts. Since then he has moved to further engaging with customers to help solve their technical challenges and meet their ever-changing production requirements as demand for our services has grown.

Because Peter has been part of every stage of Zenith Tecnica’ s manufacturing processes since 2016 he has a wealth of knowledge to share with our customers to help them take their products to market.

Prior to starting at Zenith Tecnica, Peter spent time at Fisher and Paykel Healthcare in 2015 working on accelerated life testing, gauge repeatability and reproducibility, and various other metrology areas in an ISO13485 medical device production environment.

While at the University of Auckland, Peter was the team manager of the Formula SAE Team – A team of 50 that designs, manufactures, and races a formula style open-wheel race every year. After leading the development to an electric powertrain, he has good understanding of mechanical and electrical systems, maintaining relationships with sponsors & suppliers, and the challenges of running a technical team. Peter was also involved in the composites team and has experience in mould making, hand laying pre-impregnated fibres, wet laminating, and infusing CFRP components.

In his spare time, he enjoys road trips, swimming, and spectating or participating in motorsport events.

Victor Gillet

Quality Manager

Victor Gillet

Quality Manager
  • BTEC Higher National Diploma – Advanced Diploma in conception & industrialisation of Microtechnology, Noisiel – France
  • Certified Auditor (ISO9001, ISO13485)
  • Certificate of ISO Management System Audit Techniques and Best Practices Certified Internal Auditor
  • SOLIDWORKS (BASW1 & Advanced Drawing)

Victor joined Zenith Tecnica with his background in quality systems after a push for AS9100:RevD and future certifications. He began his career 10 years ago completing contract work for a design office and workshop creating 3D models and prototypes. Following this he worked for a Medical Device company in Paris for 7 years and participated in the development and design of 16 new surgical instruments that were FDA-approved and CE marked. This included design transfer, risk analysis, implementation of product change management tools, defective product analysis and more.

Victor left France in 2016 and began working for a sapphire mining company in Mauritius as a quality manager contractor where he created a traceability system and certification process for ethical sapphires to guarantee ‘mine to market’ traceability. This involved integration of quality management systems, project management, training, implementation of quality tools and marketing team support.

Upon arriving in New Zealand in 2017 he took a position as a program manager and auditor for the medical branch of a Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) before moving to Zenith Tecnica

Outside of work Victor enjoys exercising, running and exploring New Zealand!

Morgan Worthington

Marketing and Creative Lead

Morgan Worthington

Marketing and Creative Lead
  • Bachelor of Business – Massey University

Morgan started with Zenith Tecnica in early 2021, taking on the task of working with the team to create a new and comprehensive marketing strategy to fit with the growing nature of the business.
After completing his Bachelor of Business, Morgan has worked in marketing and project management roles for multiple technical industries and has found a passion in strategy and implementing sustainable practices. He has always had an interest in the design process from start to finish, even beginning his time at university studying architecture. As such, Zenith Tecnica was the perfect meld of technicality, design and creativity.

In his spare time, Morgan is an avid photographer and loves finding new and interesting compositions and combining his creative and technological side with photo manipulation and editing.

Kurt Schmidt

Production Lead

Kurt Schmidt

Production Lead
  • Master of Engineering (Hons) – Mechanical, Auckland University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Engineering Technology – Mechanical, Auckland University of Technology
  • GE Additive – Arcam EBM Material Development (Level 3)
  • Hi-Tech Metrology – Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing with Coordinate Metrology
  • Certificate in Consultative Sales – The Icehouse
  • Certificate in FluidPower Engineering – Hyspecs

Kurt joined Zenith Tecnica in 2018, first as a master’s student then full-time engineer. Becoming part of the engineering team with a specific focus on process validation and continuous improvement. He now takes on the role of Production Lead, ensuring quality components are manufactured and delivered on time.

Kurt holds a Master of Engineering degree from AUT University and is one of the few people in Australasia to have been trained by GE Additive in their EBM Material Development level 3 program. Additionally, Kurt specialises in additive manufactured surfaces and failure mechanics, having conducted research on the surface morphology of EBM manufactured parts.

Prior to joining the team at Zenith Tecnica Kurt worked in a variety of roles from developing mobile applications to designing and selling large hydraulic systems.
Outside of work Kurt enjoys rock climbing, surfing, running, and writing music.

Cameron Mearns

Mechanical Engineer

Cameron Mearns

Mechanical Engineer
  • Master of Engineering – Mechatronics, Massey University
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) – Mechatronics, Massey University
  • GE Additive – Arcam EBM Material Development (Level 3)
  • Certificate in Adult Education and Training (Level 4), Certificate in Recreation and Sport (Level 3), Certificate in Outdoor Recreation (Level 3)

Cameron joined Zenith Tecnica in 2018 from Massey University’s School of Engineering and Advanced Technology. Whilst attending, he was involved in mechanical design and manufacturing, product development and feasibility, and research and development projects. His time within the Centre for Additive Manufacturing gave him experience with a wide range of additive manufacturing types, particularly polymer and Powder Bed Fusion technologies, such as Selective Laser Sintering.

This background gives Cameron a strong interest in process improvement, which he applies as a member of the production team. He has training to this end, both in GD&T and Material Development, and enjoys pushing the boundaries of what EBM can do. Cameron also serves as our first aid officer.

Outside of work Cameron volunteers as a commissioned officer in the New Zealand Cadet Forces, through which he shares his interests in aviation and bushcraft.

Luke Davies-Colley

Mechanical Engineer

Luke Davies-Colley

Mechanical Engineer
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) – Mechanical, University of Canterbury

Luke started at Zenith Tecnica in March of 2021, as a Mechanical Engineer.
After graduating from the University of Canterbury in 2017 with a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons), Luke has had experience in several engineering design and project engineering roles. This gave him exciting exposure to a range of projects and has allowed him to bring extensive knowledge and different insights to Zenith Tecnica. He has also had plenty of time on the tools in manufacturing plants doing maintenance and repair work. Luke excels with problem solving, and is a valuable member of the team.

Outside of work, Luke enjoys everything surfing and skating related and is always looking for new coastlines to explore.

Dan Todd

Workshop Manager

Dan Todd

Workshop Manager
  • New Zealand Certificate in Boat Building

Dan has been the workshop manager at Zenith Tecnica since 2016. He has picked up new skills working with Arcam EBM machines and enjoys the challenges that come with them.

Dan is a very hands-on person with 16 years in light to heavy welding and fabrication. During this time he spent a large portion of time building and installing large machinery around the world which included working with hydraulics and electrical systems.

Outside of work Dan spends weeks volunteering his skills to fix DOC huts and tracks in the south island. He enjoys the outdoors; boating, fishing, tramping, hunting and staying fit.

Emil Ryberg

Workshop Assistant

Emil Ryberg

Workshop Assistant
  • Arcam EBM Certification Training Level 1

Emil first joined Zenith Tecnica in 2016 after obtaining Level 1 EBM certification in his home country and the home of GE Additive Arcam, Sweden, before coming to New Zealand for a year of work experience. Emil came back on board in 2019 as our workshop assistant after moving back to New Zealand. Emil also serves as our health and safety officer.

Emil has worked in a variety of roles such as lamination – hand laying fiberglass, warehouse and recycling operation, as a food courier, and even as an operator in an ice cream factory!

Emil is a lover of everything outdoors and enjoys playing music, hiking and camping, gardening and DIY, surfing, swimming, running, and woodworking!