• 3Degrees Consulting

    Our team delivers practical solutions and smart strategies to help companies maximize their investments in advanced manufacturing technologies,

    with a focus on 3D Printing.

  • Our Approach

    We work with clients to help them innovate quickly, effectively and efficiently, using a proven, results-oriented process to design a strategy specific to your company's unique needs.

    1

    Identify

    We bring deep technical expertise and market intelligence to design a strategic, actionable strategy

    2

    Inform

    We educate stakeholders and team members about best practices, safety and industry standards to ensure adoption and long-term success

    3

    Implement

    Our experts will work side-by-side with you to test novel applications, try or develop new materials and evolve your strategy to maximize your ROI

  • Capabilities

    We work with diverse companies around the world

    to enable them to stay ahead of the curve.

    Establish Production Capabilities

     

    Help product-focused companies identify, build and expand their use of 3D Printing in targeted applications

    and business scenarios such as aerospace, automotive, consumer products and medicine

     

    Develop Materials

     

    We have a deep expertise in Materials Science and have worked with chemical and materials companies interested in entering the 3D Printing supply chain

    Build Your Workforce

     

    We train designers, engineers and business leaders at both an introductory and advanced level on this powerful technology

     

     

    Ensure Quality

     

    We can help your company develop and strengthen your AM workflow from design to materials to inspection, following industry best practices and emerging standards

     

    Manage Your 3D Printing Data

     

    Our customized software tool, TraceAM, makes it easy to streamline your project management and documentation processes at all stages of the 3D Printing workflow, including traceability and quality management within your organization and throughout your supplier base.

     

  • Client Case Studies

    Client Case 1

    Creating a 3D Printing Strategy for Production

    After over a decade of using 3D Printing for prototyping, an industrial and construction components company was stuck trying to find a viable approach to use 3D Printing for production.

     

    We conducted our proprietary "Production 3D Printing Readiness Evaluation" that examined their overall AM Strategy, People/Organization Structure, Processes, Materials, Software and Facilities. Our analysis helped them develop a clear roadmap for building out their production capabilities.

    Client Case 2

    Developing New Materials

    A top 10 global materials manufacturer wanted to enter the 3D Printing market and needed help evaluating opportunities and performing validation testing.

     

    We helped them get up to speed quickly and served as a technical resource for market strategy and testing as they built up their materials portfolio. They are now actively selling 3D Printing materials commercially.

    Client Case 3

    Setting up a Production Facility

    One of the world's top consumer product brands had just invested over half a million dollars in 3D Printing equipment and was looking to operationalize the facility as quickly as possible.

     

    We provided best practice advice and guidance on material and process validation, operating procedures and quality management, which enabled them to launch their first commercial 3D Printed product in a matter of months.

    Client Case 4

    Workforce Development

    A global leader in product, materials and workplace safety was looking to support its manufacturing partners by developing a workforce training curriculum on Additive Manufacturing.

     

    We provided subject matter expertise and aided in the development and deployment of an international training curriculum, which now has been taught to dozens of leading manufacturing companies.

    Client Case 5

    Reducing Spare Parts Inventory

    A company focused on making low-volume stamped parts was looking to digitize its tooling and mold inventory.

     

    We evaluated the organization's inventory of spare parts and used our proprietary approach for 3D Printing selection to identify high-quality candidates for 3D Printing replacement. We worked with them to set-up a workflow to ensure that the critical variables and instructions were digitally documented.

  • Team

    Mike Vasquez PHD MIT materials science additive manufacturing 3D printing consultant

    Mike Vasquez, PhD

    FOUNDER & CEO

    Mike is a 3D Printing expert and is a trusted advisor to some of the top companies in the industry. He has worked side-by-side with machine manufacturers, material producers and end users in the sector. Mike consults on identifying novel applications, testing new materials and developing frameworks to maximize manufacturing efficiency and boost ROI. He completed his PhD in Additive Manufacturing at Loughborough University and received both his bachelors and master's degrees from MIT in Materials Science and Engineering.

    William Heise PhD Eastman Chemical

    William Heise, PhD

    Business and Marketing Consultant

    Bill brings almost 30 years of experience in engineering to client engagements, having spent most of his career with Eastman Chemical. As part of his most recent role in Eastman's corporate innovation group, he was responsible for the development and execution of Eastman's additive manufacturing strategy. He also spent three years in the Netherlands as Eastman's technology director for the European region. Bill received his PhD in chemical engineering from Auburn University and his bachelors in chemical engineering from the University of Dayton.

     

    Amro Shanshal

    Consulting Intern

    Amro is a senior at Northern Illinois University (NIU) pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. He developed many skill sets within his research job at NIU, where he worked on optimizing air drones flight time, and utilizing image processing algorithms to enable air drones to autonomously detect invasive plant species. He also held leadership roles at TEDxNIU where he helped organize social events and raise money for the organization by bringing in sponsors. Amro creates industry based programs during his role as the founder and president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) at NIU.

     

     

    Alumni

     

    -Thomas Corbett

    Thomas is a junior at Northern Illinois University (NIU), studying Mechanical Engineering.

     

    -Akshta

    Akshta is a graduate student at University of Illinois at Chicago, studying Business Analytics.

     

    -Hannah Rudoltz

    Hannah is in her third undergraduate year at MIT studying Mechanical Engineering.

     

     

     

  • 3Degrees Partners

    America Makes

    Member

    America Makes is a group that promotes the growth of additive manufacturing within the United States.

    M-Hub

    Member

    M-Hub is a Chicago based innovation cite where young companies can come to develop first prototypes or even participate in small scale production of parts.

    NPFA

    Member

    The National Fire Protection Association is a US trade association that creates and maintains private, copyrighted standards and codes for usage and adoption by local governments

    ASME Technology Advisor Panel for AM

    Member

    The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), promotes the art, science & practice of multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences around the globe. TAP members are leaders from industry, academia, or government and are considered additive manufacturing subject matter experts with a thorough understanding of the technology development curve.

  • Thought Leadership

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    Speaking

    Dr. Vasquez is a globally recognized speaker in the 3D Printing industry. Recent engagements include:

    • Over 40+ invited talks in locations such as Chicago, New York, Singapore, London, Seoul, San Francisco and Boston including the following events:
      • SXSW
      • National Association of Attorneys General
      • Inside 3D Printing Singapore
      • 3D Printer World
      • Additive Manufacturing Users Group
      • Innovation Enterprise Conference London
      • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
    • Guest lecturer at MIT and the University of Sheffield Hallam

    Testimonials

    “Mike was instrumental in helping Eastman to establish valuable academic partnerships in the additive manufacturing area. These partnerships accelerated our additive manufacturing research progress.”

     

    -Steve Wright, Technology Fellow, Eastman Chemical Co.

     

    "Mike helped us navigate the complicated waters of the 3D printing industry to find the best solution for our company. His advanced knowledge of the industry and technology helped us identify our needs and choose the very best option to accomplish our goals. Mike’s service and direction saved us valuable time and resources."

     

    -Dominick Saratore, President, C&S Machine.

    3D printing best practices guide book 3Degrees

    Best Practice E-Book

    The 3Degrees Best Practice Guide is written for designers, engineers, business and product leaders. This book will provide you with the tools necessary to build, sustain and grow a flourishing 3D Printing operation for your company. It will help you approach this technology in a thoughtful and strategic way by giving you the knowledge to not only get your money back from your investment but to make 3D Printing a profit center for your organization.

    Publications

    Dr. Vasquez has been published in several top-tier academic papers relating to 3D Printing, including a review article for Nature Materials (the top recognized materials journal in the world), Journal of Additive Manufacturing and Polymer Engineering & Science.

  • 3Degrees Blog

    Stay up to date on the latest trends and best practices 

    by Amro Shanshal | August 30, 2018 This blog was developed using the webinar that Dr Mike Vasquez presented for America Makes.The link to recorded webinar is found at the bottom of the page. As 3D Printing becomes more widespread, companies both large and small recognize the need to attract...
    July 19, 2018 Albermar Dominguez, a former fellow at 3Degrees, and John Naizzir collect plastic trash from landfills, melt it and feed it through 3D printers to make usable parts. Albermar bolstered his 3D printing knowledge when he worked at 3Degrees last year. He returned to Venezuela to use...
    by Amro Shanshal | July 18, 2018 In the past two decades, 3D printing has been evolving rapidly due to its advantages over conventional manufacturing methods. Massive amounts of funding and research have been put into discovering ways to make the 3D printing process faster and cheaper. A large...
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