CHANGE IS ADDITIVE—A 3D Printing News Series by FATHOM
Atlas V Rocket, 3D Printing and VR Help Design Hospitals for Doctors Without Borders, 3D Printing Topography Used to Anticipate Landslides, Delivery by Drone, 3D Scanning Endangered Bird Species
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 of the week?
The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying a 3D printer to be used aboard the International Space Station. The Atlas V rocket is comprised of a number of 3D printed parts, including most of the ducting system in the rocket’s payload fairing. ULTEM 9085, the main material used in the 3D printed parts, is able to stand up to the extreme temperatures of a rocket launch // Watch Launch Video
The international medical non-profit Doctors Without Borders is using 3D printing and virtual reality apparati as new methods of design in planning clinics and medical care for dangerous areas. Organizational Technical Team Leader Elvina Motard believe that ” integrating 3D printing and virtual reality technology into their standard process can help cut precious weeks and even months off the design phase” of large-scale projects // DWB Hospital Design
Heavy seasonal precipitation combined with the mountainous topography of the Andes range regularly unleashes torrents of mud and rock into the towns and villages of Peru. 3D printing has been used to create testable components to increase survival rates for impact areas // Read More
In July 2015, Flirtey completed the first FAA-approved drone delivery in the United States, when a series of medical deliveries were made to a rural healthcare clinic. Last week, Flirtey achieved another first – the first fully autonomous, 3D printed, FAA-approved drone delivery to an urban area in the US // Read More
Companies like Threeding and Artec 3D are using 3D scanning and 3D printing to preserve and promote endangered species. The 3D data gathered from the scans “will give veterinary students, biological and ornithology scientists, and universities and scientific organizations rare and unprecedented physical access to these species without putting any real birds at risk” // Read More
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