Category: Research

Steele, Kerkove, Deane at Graduate Research Colloquium 2014

GRC2014 Graduate Research Colloquium
Memorial Union Building Ballroom

Wednesday, February 19th
New Materials and Transport Phenomena (A4) – sponsored by Materials Science and Engineering
Processing of Functionally-Active Reinforcement in Metal Matrix Composites – Alicia Steele, Materials Science and Engineering
Diffusion Coefficients and Equilibrium Solubility of Scandium in Aluminum – Marcel Kerkove, Materials Science and Engineering

Thursday, February 20th
10:00 AM – 11:40 AM: New Materials and Transport Phenomena (B2)
10:00 AM – 10:20 AM: Creating Supersaturated Al-Sc-Zr Coatings with Additive Friction Stir Processing – Kyle Deane, Materials Science and Engineering

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Alicia M. Steele
Alicia M. Steele
Marcel Kerkove
Marcel Kerkove

3D Printers in February News

open library 3dThe work of the lab team run by Paul Sanders (MSE) and Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE), which developed the open-source 3-D metal printer was covered in the Feb. issue of Desktop Engineering.

From Tech Today.

In the News

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was interviewed by SciDevNet on how the developing world can benefit from 3D printing in “3-D printing could offer savings on replica lab kit”.

Two projects from Michigan Tech’s 3D printing program were used as examples in an article published in 3D Printing Industry: “How a Medical Clinic in the Bolivian Rainforest Might Use 3D Printing” and a third was used by Engineering for Change in an article on: “3D printers may be poised to take off in developing countries”.

From Tech Today.

In the News

The interview on appropriate technology and development with Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was picked up by All Africa and The Guardian–the British newspaper, whose online edition is the third most widely read in the world and has a combined print and online readership of about 9 million.

Michigan Tech’s open-source 3D metal printer was covered in an article “Free Form Metal 3D Printer is a 3Doodler on Steroids,” by 3D Printing Industry.

From Tech Today.

3D printing could offer developing world savings on replica lab kit

This and similar advances mean the age of appropriate technology – affordable, sustainable solutions designed and built to meet local needs – may be here, argues Joshua Pearce, a materials science and engineering professor at Michigan Technological University in the US, in an article in last month’s Physics World magazine.

The idea of appropriate technology to deal with poverty was used as early as the 1970s by the World Health Organisation (WHO), when villagers were encouraged to make water pumps and farming tools. But 3D printing has given the concept a boost, Pearce says.

The WHO’s efforts worked well, he says, but took in only one village at a time. “There was incredibly wasteful duplication of effort to solve nearly identical problems all throughout the world.”

Read more at Guardian development network.

Sutter at the Transportation Research Board Meeting

TRB 2014
TRB 2014

Many faculty, staff and students of the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI) attended the 93th Transportation Research Board (TRB) annual meeting in Washington, DC, recently.

From the Materials Science Department, Larry Sutter presented two papers “Use of Surface Sealers to Reduce Ingress of Deicing Chemicals on Portland Cement Concrete” and “Field Study of Air Content Stability in Slipform Paving Process,” the latter co-authored with Jerry Anzalone.

Read more at Tech Today.

3D Printers in January News

SprocketA Michigan Tech MSE/ECE team’s work on 3D printing and strategic alliances with industry was covered by MSN Money, the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, 3D Printing Industry and many others.

From Tech Today.

Corp Magazine published an article on 3D printing revolution, quoting Associate Professor Joshua Pearce (MSE), with photos of Pearce and one of his 3-D printers. See Corp Magazine.

From Tech Today.

Open Electronics ranked Michigan Tech’s open-source metal 3D printer as one of 10 of the Most Incredible Open Source Hardware projects born in 2013.

Michigan Tech’s 3D Printers for Peace Contest was listed as one of the top 5 3D printing applications of 2013 by 3D Printing Industry.

From Tech Today.


Malaysi’s HongKiat named Michigan Tech’s metal 3D printing as one of 6 Tech Trends That Will Dominate 2014.

From Tech Today.

6 Tech Trends That Will Dominate 2014

6. 3D Printers

Metal printers are usually available for half a million, and only to organizations, not for personal use. Earlier this December, Michigan Technological University announced their open source 3D metal printer, which is available for only $1500.

Read more at HongKiat.

In the News

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was interviewed for Teknisk Ukeblad (Technical Weekly), which is Norway’s leading engineering journal on 3D printing. His group’s 3D printing research was also covered by Ingeniøren, a Danish weekly newspaper specializing in engineering topics. Michigan Tech’s research in 3D printing was discussed in The Conversation in an article “What price our fascination with cheaper 3D printing?”

From Tech Today.

Drelich and Bowen Interviewed on Stents

Professor Jarek Drelich and PhD student Patrick Bowen (MSE) were featured in the QMed article: “Stent Designers Think Zinc.”

From Tech Today.

Stent Designers Think Zinc

Seeking an alternative to magnesium-based stents, researchers at Michigan Technological University (Houghton) are conducting studies on a stent design made from zinc. This material, the scientists say, offers better degradation rates than magnesium and can be processed in such a way as to increase its mechanical properties. In the following conversation, Jaroslaw Drelich, professor in the department of materials science engineering, and Patrick Bowen, PhD candidate in materials science and engineering, share their insights into zinc as a potential candidate for next-generation absorbable stents.

Read the full interview at Qmed, by Bob Michaels.

Learn more about stent research at Surface Innovations, a research group at Michigan Tech.