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About Me[edit]

I began my reaserach with Professor Josh Pearce's Michigan Tech's Open Sustainability Technology (MOST) group in the Spring of 2013. Upon graduation I took a job as a Metallurgical Engineer for Sapa's North American Technical Center. During my term at Sapa I was responsible for alloy and press practice development for 6XXX and 7XXX type alloy systems. Secondary to that I was able to take part of Profile Academy's in which Sapa educates its customer about aluminum extrusions / aluminum alloys and their functional applications in todays world.

Missing the 3D printing space I took it upon myself to find another job in that industry. Fortunately enough I was able to find GPI Prototype and Manufacturing Services (GPI). GPI is a 3D printing service bureau located just out side Chicago, IL. My primary function, aside for Engineering Manager, was to be responsible for all parameter (scan strategy) development as well as lead technical contact for sales rep / customer interaction. I was also lead for on-boarding of large manufacturing projects through process / part qualification per customer specification.

In Spring of 2016 I have re-established myself as a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Michigan Technological University. My research is apart of MOST and centers around 3D printing and Open_source_hardware development.

Research and Project Work[edit]

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Research Interests[edit]

  • 3D Printing Parameter Optimization
  • Open Source Hardware
  • Material Characterization
  • Composite Materials
  • Manufacturing Systems

Current Projects / Publications[edit]

  • Laureto, John J., Pearce, Joshua M. “Nuclear Insurance Subsidies Cost from Post-Fukushima Accounting Based on Media Sources.” Sustainability, Vol. 8 (2016): 12
  • Thermal conductivity of PLA+metal composites
    • Project Literature Review: Thermal conductivity of filaments for 3D printing lit review
    • Project Protocol / Publication: Laureto, John J., Tomasi, Julie, King, Julia A., Pearce, Joshua M. “Thermal Properties of 3-D Printed Polylactic Acid – Metal Composites.” Progress in Additive Manufacturing (2016). To be published.

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Past Publications[edit]

Past Research Projects[edit]

Work Experience[edit]


  • Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) in Michigan Tech's Open Sustainability Technology Research Group(MOST)


  • GPI Prototype and Manufacturing Services - Engineering Manager - Feb 2014 to Jan 2016
  • Sapa Extrusions - Metallurgical Engineer - July 2013 to Feb 2014
  • ArcelorMittal - Quality Assurance Intern for Hot Mill QA - May 2012 to August 2012
  • Mercury Marine - Materials Lab Co-Op - Jan 2011 to August 2011


Current Spring 2017[edit]

  • MY 5970 Special Topics in Materials Science (Anisotropic properties of FFF printed components)
  • MY 5110 Thermodynamics and Kinetics II


  • MY 5777 Open Source 3D Printing
  • MY 5100 Thermodynamics and Kinetics I
  • MY 5260 Crystallography and Diffraction
  • MY 5250 TEM
  • MY 5990 MS Thesis Research