As 3D printing community mourns Sanjay Mortimer who passed away recently, E3D hinted the creation of a foundation in his honour. Much loved in the community and beyond, Sanjay will be missed for many years to come, and such a foundation can be a great tribute to his dedication and contribution to 3D printing.
Remembering Sanjay Mortimer
The sad news came out on December the 1st, with the announcement from E3D, the company that Sanjay co-founded and put his heart in. In the statement, the company acknowledges Sanjay’s significant impact on the business and the whole industry and promises to follow his vision in the new decade.
3D printing community took the news as a big shock. And it is understandable as Sanjay kept being busy with the interviews and appearances on the trade shows and various media channels, and nothing indicated that anything could happen to this 32-year-old, talented, young man.
Sanjay Mortimer Foundation
Various threads on social media are started to remember Sanjay, the official one by E3D can be found on Discord. Many good ideas for the foundation focus have been suggested by posting on E3D’s Discord sanjay-foundation channel. There were calls to support STEM, local makerspace, scholarship-in-residence, and others.
Some leading community members took initiative on their own channels. Thomas Sanladerer, announced the sad news via his channel, with the pledge to contribute to the donations to E3D’s choice of charity.
Joel Telling, 3D Printing Nerd, and other community members loved Thomas’s initiative and matched the pledge.
"Nerding out about things is the glue that sticks us all together" – Exactly this.
$1 USD per 1,000 views on 3D Printing Nerd in December going to a charity of @E3DOnline's choosing.
— Joel Telling – 3D Printing Nerd (@joeltelling) December 2, 2021
Joseph Casha, Breaks’n’Makes, Christmas Charity Stream In Aid Of E3D Sanjay Foundation on YouTube generated €11,210.05 ($12,694.99).
Some ideas posted in support of the foundation went even further. For example, selling the E3D products, such as the Revo system, with Sanjay’s name, or with his famous hairstyle silhouette.
While the Sanjay foundation has not been officially launched, yet, Clare Difazio, Head of Marketing and Product Strategy at E3D, confirmed that there are plans to create one in Sanjay Mortimer’s name.
Clare Difazio, comments:
The foundation will take us some time to set up correctly so no new news on it for now – other than we’re certain we’ll be doing something.
In 3D printing, there is a handful of entrepreneurs-manufacturers who are not afraid to be in the spotlight promoting their products, truly believing in them, igniting passion for 3D printing in those around them. Sanjay was a true inspiration for many.