Charlie Fuller

Head of Additive Manufacturing

Charlie Fuller

Charlie leads Canopy’s additive manufacturing development across a number of advanced materials and industrial use cases.

He brings a unique background spanning design, analysis, manufacturing, and material development focused on solving difficult problems in the aerospace industry and bringing products from concept to flight, which he will use to lead Canopy’s developments in advanced manufacturing for thermal protection systems.    

Before joining Canopy, Charlie was at Relativity Space, where he was an early propulsion Additive Development engineer leading copper AM product and process development for propulsion applications. In this role, he was integral to establishing Relativity’s vertically integrated technology stack for metal powder-based additive manufacturing, supporting development on the Terran 1 and Terran R programs. Charlie’s experience in design for additive (DFAM), developing industry-leading print parameters and novel alloy systems for high-performance propulsion applications will be critical to Canopy’s efforts building state-of-the art ceramic AM technologies.  

Additionally, Charlie brings experience from commercial space and government agencies such as Lockheed Martin Space and Lawrence Livermore National Lab. In his time at Lockheed Charlie developed novel low-TRL spacecraft design, manufacturing, and test concepts for Lunar exploration in the Advanced Development Programs group, in addition to building and evaluating low-cost thermal in-situ monitoring systems for additive manufacturing with the Materials Science Division at Lawrence Livermore National Lab.

Charlie was awarded a thesis-based M.S. from the Colorado School of Mines in 2020, where he developed print, post-process, and characterization methods for 3D-printed metallic shape memory alloys for medical and aerospace applications. From his undergraduate career, Charlie brings early R&D experience from a wide variety of research and project teams focused on novel concepts such as asteroid mining, lunar exploration robotics, and 3D printing for polymers, metals, and ceramics. As a strong individual contributor with experience leading and growing project teams and a passion for developing early-stage technology platforms, Charlie will leverage his experience to develop Canopy’s additive technology stack and build a team focused on additive manufacturing for high temperature ceramics.

Charlie holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering with a Materials and Manufacturing focus from the Colorado School of Mines (B.S. and M.S.).