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Change Is Additive—Week of 9/15/2017

CHANGE IS ADDITIVE—A 3D Printing News Series by FATHOM

Ricoh Modernizes with Additive Technologies, Forbes Takes a Look at 3D Printing for Cancer Patients, Next Step for Additive Manufacturing of PCBs with Nano Dimension, WSJ Dives Into How 3D Printing Is Changing Health Care, and Celebrate Additive Technologies on Manufacturing Day

With so many weekly developments in a fast-changing industry like additive manufacturing, the headlines can really stack up. To cut through the clutter of 3D printing news, check out these staff picks of the week. What do you think is the most impactful development?

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Ricoh Boosts Productivity by Replacing Metal Tools with Customized 3D Printed Lightweight Tools

Stratasys recently announced that Ricoh Japan is replacing its traditional metal tooling with customized, lightweight 3D printed jigs and fixtures for one of its assembly lines. The intent is to improve manufacturing efficiency while minimizing manual tooling errors // Read More

read_subhead_940x115Forbes Looks At How 3D Printing Is Helping Cancer Patients Today

Within the 3D printing industry it isn’t new to talk about how surgeons can 3D print an exact digital model of a patient’s organs to practice a procedure before the actual operation with the patient. But the everyday application of it is only in the beginning stages still as medical experts are still exploring the potential numerous medical applications and benefits of 3D printing. The topic has caught the attention of Forbes so check out what’s being discussed in mainstream media // Read More

Nano Dimension Launches the DragonFly 2020 Pro

Nano Dimension has recently launched its next phase of 3D printing for the electronics industry—a larger additive manufacturing system dubbed the DragonFly 2020 Pro that replaces the desktop-sized model from the company’s launch in 2012 // Read More

How 3D Printing Is Changing Health Care on WSJ

Another mainstream publication is taking a look a how 3D printing is changing healthcare. Wall Street Journal writes about an 11-year-old girl who had surgery to remove a rare tumor located in her pelvis. Thanks to advances in 3D printing and the growing adoption of it among medical professionals, WSJ reports, the operation was an entirely different experience than it would have been. Surgeons were able to examine the tumor and plot a surgical approach that would allow them to remove it entirely without taking her leg // Read More

National MFG Day is October 6—How Will You Celebrate Manufacturing?

Since 2012, the team behind MFG Day has brought together many manufacturers through its mission to positively change the public perception of modern manufacturing. The team at FATHOM has hosted an event every year since 2013 in an effort to addresses common misconceptions about manufacturing and to increase the adoption of additive technologies as a means to production. We will be participating again this year and encourage others in manufacturing to host an event or attend one // Read More

download_subhead_940x115Download This Cassini Space Probe

Available from Thingiverse, check out this Cassini Space Probe by ottaross // Download


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Imagery and News Sources: Stratasys, GrabCAD, NAM, Scientific America, Science Daily, Northwestern Medicine, Daniet Peleg