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Ben Wittbrodt[edit]


Currently a Research Scientist with the MOST Research Group at Michigan Technological University. I am a recent masters graduate with a degree in material science and engineering with a heavy focus on 3D printing. I am also the owner of WittPrint 3D using my experience in 3-D to springboard a business focused on providing unique phone cases for people and businesses.

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Michigan Technological University - M.S. Material Science and Engineering (Dec. 2014)

  • Thesis: Development of practical applications for RepRap style 3-D printers in engineering

Michigan Technological University - B.S. Material Science and Engineering (May 2013)


B.T. Wittbrodt, A.G. Glover, J. Laureto, G.C. Anzalone, D. Oppliger, J.L. Irwin, J.M. Pearce (2013), Life-cycle economic analysis of distributed manufacturing with open-source 3-D printers, Mechatronics, 23 (2013), pp. 713-726. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mechatronics.2013.06.002

J. Gwamuri, B. T. Wittbrodt, N. C. Anzalone, J.M. Pearce. “Reversing the Trend of Large Scale and Centralization in Manufacturing: The Case of Distributed Manufacturing of Customizable 3-D-Printable Self-Adjustable Glasses”, Challenges in Sustainability 2 (1), 30-40

Ben Wittbrodt, John Laureto, Brennan Tymrak and Joshua M. Pearce, “Distributed Manufacturing with 3- D Printing: A Case Study of Recreational Vehicle Solar Photovoltaic Mounting Systems” Journal of Frugal Innovation (accepted, awaiting publication)

Research Interests[edit]

  • Characterization of 3-D printed materials
  • Economic benefits of 3-D printing and practical applications
  • Increase the availability of 3-D printing domestically and abroad