C. BRANDON SWEENEY
— Additive Manufacturing
Brandon is an expert in additive manufacturing and thermoplastic 3D printing. He leads the development of next-generation, high-performance materials for 3D printed components, while helping with the production of engineering-grade composite filaments.
Before joining Essentium, Brandon worked for the Army Research Laboratory in the Vehicle Technology and Weapons and Materials Research Directorate as a materials research scientist developing carbon-based nanomaterials for additive manufacturing and energy harvesting applications.
Brandon holds a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is currently a PhD candidate in Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University. Already a prodigious inventor, his patent-pending research focuses on microwave heating of carbon nanotubes to promote interlayer adhesion of 3D printed parts. Brandon was invited to share his research efforts via a TEDx talk Texas Tech University in February 2014. In the Spring of 2015, Brandon and Blake Teipel won the Texas A&M Raymond Ideas Challenge for their business pitch “Customizable Prostheses via 3D Printing”. In addition to his academic and entrepreneurial pursuits, Brandon loves to rock climb, mountain bike, backpack, ski, and camp with his wife Lauren.