Juan is an Industrial Designer and Educator
He holds a Masters of Industrial Design (MID) from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and a Bachelors of Industrial design (BID) from Universidad Rafael Landivar, in Guatemala city. A Guatemalan, he was raised in a colorful and vivid culture. He quickly developed an interest in how things were made, tearing everything he owned apart, and putting it back together, often with a few leftover pieces. After graduation and a succession of projects related to design for development, Juan was chosen as a Fulbright fellow for the class of 2013 by the U.S. Department of State. He went on to be the lead designer for Voxel8, helping create the world’s first 3D Electronics printer. He is currently Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Juan was awarded as one of MIT Technology Review’s Innovators Under 35 for 2017.
In the Press
His work has been featured on a wide variety of publications and has
received multiple awards.
MIT Technology Review : One of the 35 Innovators under 35
"it is no wonder that there are researchers all over the world focused on making 3D printing more versatile. One of these researchers is Juan Carlos Noguera, the product design director at Voxel8. Through this company, which in 2015 held the 17th spot on our annual list of the 50 Smartest Companies, Noguera led the development of the first multimaterial 3D printer worldwide. Soon after, he participated in the design of another model capable of printing complex equipment with integrated circuits. His contribution to the 3D printing field have led to Noguera´s recognition as one of MIT Technology Review, Spanish edition´s Innovators Under 35 Latin America 2017. "
Forbes México : Minds under 30 revolutionizing Latin America (Spanish)
"The market had desktop 3D printers, shaping plastic or metal objects, but no functional devices, until 2016, when Voxel8 created Developers kit, an equipment capable of printing electronic circuits in 3D"
Prensa Libre: MIT Recognizes Guatemalan as one of the most innovative minds of Latin America (Spanish)
"One of the Latin American innovators who has taken 3D printing further. One of his main achievements is the development of the first 3D printer that co-prints conductive ink, creating complex circuitry."