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Lt. Gov. Hochul to visit Amherst 3-D liquid metal printing start-up

A 3-D printing start-up company founded by a father-son team in Amherst has drawn the attention of Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul.

Hochul plans to visit Vader Systems at its headquarters in Uniland Development Co.'s CrossPoint Business Park at 1 p.m. today. The founders of Vader Systems, Zack Vader and his father, Scott, have developed an efficient, low-cost method of 3-D liquid metal printing that has applications in manufacturing for the military, automotive, aviation and consumer sectors.

Hochul's visit comes one week after The Buffalo News featured Vader Systems in a front-page article.

The lieutenant governor first connected with the Vaders in October at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a high-tech center at the Rochester Institute of Technology. RIT has purchased the first one of Vader Systems' $400,000 Mk 1 Experimental 3-D printing machines. The company plans to produce 10 of the machines this year.

Hochul during her tour Monday will meet some of the University at Buffalo faculty and officials who have assisted Vader Systems, Scott Vader said. She plans to see a demonstration of the technology and talk to members of Vader Systems' engineering team, he said.

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