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Change Is Additive—Week of 3/11/16

UnderArmour 3D Printed Footwear, Separating Conjoined Twins, 3D Printed Football Helmets, World’s Lightest Materials

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?

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aerogel-flower_9403D Printing the World’s Lightest Materials—Graphene Aerogel

It’s 7.5 times lighter than air, and a cubic meter weighs just 160 grams. Water is about 1,000 times as dense. Nicknamed ‘frozen smoke,’ aerogel looks like a gas but is actually a solid—incredibly flexible, conductive, compressible, and absorbent. And producing it is about to get a whole lot easier, because scientists have just figured out how to 3D print it // Watch Video

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under-armour-architect-13-cropUnder Armour Debuts 3D Printed Shoe

Under Armour this week released the UA Architect, a training shoe that features a 3D printed midsole and a 3D printed upper design. As Under Armour gains market share in the lucrative athletic footwear market, it is looking at how “[3D printing] can help augment the design and construction process” // Read More—Fortune, Digital Trends, Sports Illustrated, Gizmag

Developing Safer Football Helmets Through 3D Printing

A group of researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are currently engaged in an 18-month collaborative study with Autodesk to design helmets with 3D printed microstructures to absorb more impact—”If you start to intelligently distribute material in a controlled fashion at the micro and nano scale, you can obtain properties that were previously unobtainable”  // Read More

Surgeons Use 3D Printing to Separate Conjoined Twinstwins-3d-print_940

Conjoined twin girls have been successfully separated after a remarkable 26 hour operation that surgeons were able to previously simulate using 3D printing technology. 3D printing was utilized to make models for a virtual operation, using data from the twins’ CT and MRI examinations to build two models of the conjoined body parts // Read More

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FATHOM-SSYS-Medical-White-Paper-1 Stratasys White Paper3D Printing in the Medical Industry

As highlighted by the story above, 3D printing is continually contributing to the advancement of medicine. This white paper from Stratasys details the most valuable utilizations of 3D printing in the medical field // Download White Paper

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Images courtesy of ExtremeTech, Under Armour, Mic.com, U.S. News & World Report, Stratasys.

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