• 3Degrees

    Started by Mike Vasquez, PhD in 2012 3Degrees is a Chicago based consulting company focused on 3D Printing and Materials Science. Our mission is to educate, empower, and train organizations to achieve success with 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing. 3Degrees applies unmatched materials expertise to this dynamic and complex industry to help clients solve problems, overcome uncertainty and win.
  • Team

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

    Mike Vasquez, PhD


    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.


    William Heise PhD Eastman Chemical

    Maddie Frank

    Workforce Development Consultant

    Maddie has worked with a wide variety of additive systems, specifically SLM 280s and 500s, Fortus 400s, Carbon M1s and M2s, 3D Systems Figure 4's and HP 5200s. A recent electrical engineering graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Maddie has won two awards through the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) technical competition, including a first place tie in advanced finishing and third place in advanced concepts. She also sits on AMUG’s scholarship committee.


  • Memberships and Affiliations

  • Dominic Saratore

    President C&S Machine

    "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."

    Steve Wright, PhD

    Technology Fellow - Eastman Chemical

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