Alumni Comment on Slide Rules

“From the Email Bag” in TechAlum Newsletter for December 17, 2013, features a lively discussion by alumni on their memories of using slide rules at Michigan Tech. Among the commenters is Bruce Kettunen, Metallurgy ’76, who talks about the transition from slide rules to early calculators.

Read more at TechAlum Newsletter.

3D Printers in December News

3D Metal Printer
3D Metal Printer

Scientists Build a Low-Cost, Open-Source 3D Metal Printer

Until now, 3D printing has been a polymer affair, with most people in the maker community using the machines to make all manner of plastic consumer goods, from tent stakes to chess sets. A new low-cost 3D printer developed by Michigan Technological University’s Joshua Pearce and his team could add hammers to that list. The detailed plans, software and firmware are all freely available and open-source, meaning anyone can use them to make their own metal 3D printer.

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Marcia Goodrich.

In the News

The research of Materials Science and Engineering PhD Students Chenlong Zhang and Bas Wijnen along with their collaborators Jerry Anzalone (MSE), Paul Sanders (MSE) and Joshua M. Pearce (MSE/ECE) has been covered widely by the national media including: NBC News, CNN Money, Live Science and the International Science Times in articles like “Low-Cost, Open-Source 3-D Metal Printer Could Bring Revolutionary Technology To Millions.”

From Tech Today.

In the News

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was quoted in ECOS Magazine on a story: How Green is 3D Printing?

From Tech Today.

In the News

Associate Professor Joshua Pearce’s (MSE) development of a 3D metal printer appeared in the “Leading the News” section of Wednesday’s First Bell. The ASEE news aggregator picked up the story from Matt Roush’s Technology Report on the WWJ-TV website, based in Detroit. See online.

From Tech Today.

In the News

The research of Materials Science and Engineering PhD students Chenlong Zhang and Bas Wijnen along with their collaborators Jerry Anzalone (MSE), Paul Sanders (MSE) and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was covered in Newsweek, Scientific American and Gizmodo.

From Tech Today.

In the News

The materials science and engineering research team working on metal 3D printing including PhD students Chenlong Zhang and Bas Wijnen along with their collaborators Jerry Anzalone (MSE), Paul Sanders (MSE) and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) are covered in the US media, including Hack-A-DayTreehugger, and 3D Printing Industry (Michigan Tech Releases Open-Source 3D Metal Printer for Less Than $2,000) and also in the British media, in the Register and The Guardian: Metal 3D printing and six key shifts in the “second industrial revolution.”

From Tech Today.

In the News

The New York Times has published an article about the 3D metal printer built by Joshua Pearce (MSE, ECE) and his team, “An Inexpensive Way to Print Out Metal Parts.” Pearce notes that the technology would give small companies a way to build prototypes, and people in developing countries could use it to print repair parts for machines like windmills. See New York Times.

From Tech Today.

Open Source Lab – Dr. Joshua Pearce – How to 3D Print Your Own Lab Equipment

Dr. Joshua Pearce, author of “Open-Source Lab: How to Build Your Own Hardware and Reduce Research Costs” demonstrates how you can create your own lab equipment with low-cost 3D printing.

FREE access to select content from Open-Source Lab: How to Build Your Own Hardware and Reduce Research Costs
by Dr. Joshua M. Pearce

Watch the video by Elsevier SciTech Connect.

Metallurgical Lab Supervisor

I am the training specialist at ZF Axle Drives in Marysville, MI (just South of Port Huron). We build drive axles for automobiles and their associated gears. Currently we have an opening for a Metallurgical Lab Supervisor (I have attached the job description to this email).

Nathan Tank
Training Specialist
ZF Axle Drives Marysville, LLC
2900 Busha Highway
Marysville, MI 48040
Phone: +1 810-989-3970
Mobile +1 248-345-2670

MetallurgicalLabSupervisor-ZF

Blended Learning Grant for ACMAL and Joshua Pearce

Jackson Blended Learning Winners

In early November, the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning invited faculty to submit proposals to support blended learning course innovations. Proposals were accepted at three levels ($1,000, $5,000 and $10,000), and a total of $50,000 was originally planned to be awarded during this cycle.

The ACMAL facility was awarded $1,000 for “ACMAL Training Modules.”

In the Department of Materials and Science Engineering, Joshua Pearce was awarded $10,000 for “3D Printing Blended Course.”

Read more at Tech Today.

Cast Iron Metallurgist for Blackmer

Blackmer Foundry in Grand Rapids, MI is looking to hire a cast iron metallurgist. Grand Rapids is a progressive city and Blackmer has been around for more than a century.

To apply, send resumes to:

Resumes @Blackmer.com. Please type Metallurgist in the subject line, or mail to

Blackmer, A Dover Company

1809 Century Ave S.W.

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Materials Engineering Co-op/Intern

My name is Deanna Celsi, I am the co-op coordinator at DENSO International America in Southfield, MI.

DENSO International is the second largest global automotive supplier of advanced automotive technology. Currently, I am recruiting for a materials engineering co-op/intern to work in our Materials group here at DENSO. This position is slated to start in January. Below is a job description. Can you please pass this onto any members of MU who may be looking for a part time and or full time paid co-op/internship position?

The selected individual will work closely with DENSO Materials Engineers to develop and analyze materials used in North American DENSO plants. Projects will include material development, cost reduction activities, material localization, material optimization, and quality investigations for both the Metal and Non-Metal departments.

The Metal department works with a variety of ferrous and non-ferrous materials such as Low Carbon Steel, Stainless Steel, and Copper Alloys but the primary focus is directed towards Wrought Aluminum Alloys.

The Non-Metals department works with a variety of plastic and elastomeric materials found in under the hood and instrument panel applications.

The applicant will be trained both in sample preparation and actual operation techniques for the optical, mechanical, and analytical testing equipment listed below.

Sample Preparation:
– Hot and Cold Mounting
– Automatic and Hand Polishing
– Milling Tensile Bars
– Large Cut-Off Saw
Mechanical Testing Equipment:
– Rockwell Hardness Tester
– Vickers Micro-hardness Tester
– Instron Tension Tester
– Charpy Impact Tester
Analytical Testing Equipment:
– Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
– Electron Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS)
– Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC)
– Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA)
– Fourier Transfer Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR)
Optical Equipment:
– Metallograph and Imaging Software
– Polarizing Microscope
– Stereoscope
– Measuring Microscope

Deanna Celsi
Recruiter
DENSO International America, Inc.
24777 DENSO Drive
P.O. Box 5047, MC: 4803
Southfield, MI 48086-5047

PH: 248-372-8336
Nice Net Number: 5000-8336
Fax: 248-213-2337

Email: Deanna_Celsi@denso-diam.com

Website: http://www.densocorp-na.com

Staff and Postdoc Positions at NC State’s Analytical Instrumentation

Organization: North Carolina State University

Title-Subject: [Filtered] Fwd: staff and postdoc positions at NC State’s Analytical Instrumentation
Facility (AIF)

Message: See message below, sent on behalf of the Associate Director of the Analytical
Instrumentation Facility at NCSU.

——————
Dear colleagues,

The Analytical Instrumentation Facility (AIF) at North Carolina State University  is now seeking to
fill multiple staff and postdoctoral positions in the areas of electron microscopy and X-ray
diffraction. Positions are detailed in the links provided below. Please forward this information to
those who may have an interest in applying.

TEM facility manager: https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/30882
X-ray diffraction laboratory manager: https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/30892
Postdoctoral research scholars who are experts or emerging experts in at least one of the areas of
electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and/or surface analysis:https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/30668

Regards,
Jacob L. Jones

Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Associate Director, Analytical Instrumentation Facility
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC
Email: JacobJones@ncsu.edu
Phone: 919-515-4557