Author: Sue Hill

Sue Hill is the Digital Content Manager for the College of Engineering.

Pearce on Physicists and Simple Technology

Printable Lab Equipment
Printable lab equipment: A student tests the 3D-printed analyser.

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) published a feature article “Technology whose time has come” in the January issue of Physics World.

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Technology whose time has come

Reinvented as open-source appropriate technology (OSAT), the modern form of AT focuses on technologies that promote sustainable development and are designed in the same fashion as free and open-source software (FOSS).

Physicists have a good track record of opening up science for the common good. We have been sharing our open-access e-prints on arXiv for more than 20 years, long before “open access” became a buzzword. Given this background, I think it is time for physicists to take a serious look at OSAT.

Read more at Physics World, by Joshua Pearce.

AccuWeather on Snowy Solar Panels

Snow Solar PanelErin Cassidy quotes Associate Professor Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) in the AccuWeather story “Are Solar Panels Usable in Snowy Climates?” which is based in part on research being conducted at the Keweenaw Research Center.

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Are Solar Panels Usable in Snowy Climates?

Joshua Pearce, associate professor at Michigan Tech University (MTU), said, “If snow is completely covering the panel, you are obviously only going to get the amount of energy out of the panel from the amount of light that is able to pass through the snow.”

Pearce describes several methods they have used to increase the efficiency of panels with snow accumulations.


Hein and Rothenberger Nominated for Staff Awards

Making a Difference Nominees Announced

Forty-four Michigan Tech staff members have been nominated for a 2013 Making a Difference Award in one of the following categories: rookie award, serving others, outstanding supervisor, creative solutions, above and beyond, unsung hero and bringing out the best.

MSE staff members Allison M. Hein and Margaret P. Rothenberger are among the nominees for the 2013 awards.

The nominees will be honored and the award recipients announced at a reception on Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Ballroom A of the Memorial Union Building. All Michigan Tech employees are invited to the event.

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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.”

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In the News

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

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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

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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.