Change Is Additive—Week of 4/8/16

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

Fully 3D Printed Hydraulics, J750: Most Advanced PolyJet Technology Yet, 3D Printed Heart Model, Restoring a T-Rex with 3D Printing, 2016 Wohlers Report: $1 Billion Growth in 3D Printing Industry

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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MIT Simultaneously 3D Prints Liquids and Solids to Create Hydraulic Robots

Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab have experimented with 3D printing liquids and solids simulataneously, creating a 3D printed hydraulic robot as a proof-of-concept. The robot requires no assembly, and needs just a motor and power source to become fully functional in an instant // Read More // Watch Video

Multi-Color, Multi-Material Simultaneous 3D Printing: Stratasys’ Releases the J750

To kick-off the AMUG Conference this week, Stratasys unveiled the J750—the most advanced PolyJet3D printer ever to be released. “We’ve used 3D printers for years but nothing has come close to revolutionizing our design and ideation process the way the J750 has,” said OtterBox Engineering Technician Supervisor Brycen Smith // 3Ders Article // Article

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3D Printed Heart Model Gives a Five-Year-Old Girl a Second Chance at Life

Sunita, the five-year-old daughter of a fisherman from Palghar, India, suffered from Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD).  To prepare for a life-saving intervention, a team of surgeons took CT scans of Sunita’s heart and used them to create a 3D model, which was then 3D printed to allow the team to practice the procedure before performing surgery // Read More

Netherlands to unveil full-size T. Rex skeleton that highlights 3D printed missing bones

Thanks to innovative paleontology work and 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies, the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, The Netherlands will soon be debuting a recently restored, partially 3D printed full T. Rex skeleton  // Read More

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Wohlers Report 2016 reveals $1 billion growth in 3D printing industry

For the second year in a row, the 3D printing industry has grown by more than $1 billion, to a total of $5.165 billion. Highlighted in the report was the rapid rise in mid-size desktop 3D printer purchases, which grew to nearly 300,000 in 2015 // Read More // Order Report

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