Brandon Sweeney, PH.D. Brandon Sweeney is the head of research and development and co-founder at Essentium, Inc. Brandon leads research and development into the ground-breaking materials Essentium is creating to revolutionize industrial additive manufacturing. In his role, Brandon has been instrumental in researching the bleeding-edge material science needed to bring Essentium’s 3D printing technology to life. Brandon’s work at Essentium combines breakthroughs in thermoplastic polymer 3D printing through its proprietary military grade electric field technology and carbon nanotube-coated filament, the company’s FlashFuse™ filament technology, which together more than doubles the interlayer strength of a traditional 3D printed component. These technologies combine to help businesses solve the challenges of speed, strength, and scale with the use of 3D printing in additive manufacturing. Brandon has also co-founded the company, TriFusion Devices, a company whose technology promises to finally produce 3D printed parts with mechanical properties that rival conventionally manufactured parts, setting the stage for a true 3D printing revolution in the orthotic and prosthetic (O&P) industry. Brandon has a Ph.D. from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University where he was instrumental in creating a specialized printer while studying the heating effect of carbon nanotubes upon exposure to microwave irradiation in order to weld 3D printed parts at the nanoscale. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Before graduate school at Texas A&M, Brandon worked as a research scientist at the Army Research Labs stationed at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland. During his time at the Army Research Labs, Brandon gained experience in nanotechnology development and 3D printing for robotic vehicles.