Joshua Pearce

Plastic from old milk jugs at left. A DremelFuge -- a homemade centrifuge for use with a rotating tool like a Dremel -- made from plastic from old milk jugs at right. Michigan Tech photo.

Michigan Tech Prof Says You Can Save Big With Milk Jug Recycling For 3D Printing

A new study from Michigan Technological University says people can save big money and energy by using plastic from used milk jugs to make their own plastic goods at home with a 3D printer.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/05/2014

A new 3D metal printer in action in the Open Sustainability Lab at Michigan Tech. Chenlong Zhang photo, Michigan Tech.

Michigan Tech Prof Invents Low-Cost 3D Printer That Works With Metal

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.

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/03/2013

"Open Source Lab," a new book by Michigan Tech's Joshua Pearce, is a guide to help researchers slash the cost of doing science by making their own lab equipment.

MTU Prof Writes 3D Printing Guide For Scientists On A Budget

Joshua Pearce is not one for understatement. “This is the beginning of a true revolution in the sciences,” says the author of “Open-Source Lab.” For cash-strapped researchers, he could be right. His new book, published by Elsevier, is a step-by-step do-it-yourself guide for making lab equipment.

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/18/2013

An open-source 3D printer printing an optical component, specifically, a filter bracket. Michigan Technological University photo.

MTU Prof’s 3D Printing Designs Slash Optics Lab Costs

Just as open-source design has driven down the cost of software to the point that it is accessible to anyone with an Internet connection, open-source designs and 3D printing are driving down the cost of making scientific equipment.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/01/2013