pearce's profile


Level 11 - 3D printing enthusiast, Member since Feb 3, 2017
I got started with open source RepRap 3-D printing when I was floored by the cost of conventional rapid prototyping. My students were designing solar powered laptops for the developing world and the plastic from the rapid prototyping of the outside cover cost more than the solar charger and almost as much as the laptop. When I found the RepRap project it was clear from the start that 3-D printing was going to change the world - and certainly my research trajectory.
Location Houghton, United States
Skills CAD modeling, 3D modeling, Electronics, 3D printing, Soldering, Robotics, Teaching, research, open source hardware, renewable energy, RepRap
Products RepRap,
Products info My lab has about a dozen 3-D printers of various RepRap derivatives.
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Educator's info Michigan Technological University - Houghton, Michigan, United States
Joshua M. Pearce received his Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. He then developed the first Sustainability program in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and helped develop the Applied Sustainability graduate engineering program while at Queen's University, Canada. He currently is an Associate Professor cross-appointed in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering and in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the Michigan Technological University where he runs the Open Sustainability Technology Research Group. His research concentrates on the use of open source appropriate technology to find collaborative solutions to problems in sustainability and poverty reduction. His research spans areas of electronic device physics and materials engineering of solar photovoltaic cells, and RepRap 3-D printing, but also includes applied sustainability and energy policy. His research is regularly covered by the international and national press and it is continually ranked in the top 0.1% on He is the editor-in-chief of HardwareX, a journal dedicated to open source scientific hardware and his is the author of the Open-Source Lab:How to Build Your Own Hardware and Reduce Research Costs.
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