Change is Additive—Week of 4/22/16

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

Antarctic Navigation, Preventing Deep-Water Drilling Impacts, 3D Laser Writing, Hybrid PCB 3D Printing, Functional 3D Printed Ear, Harsh Condition Simulation for Airplane Testing, 3D Printed Microscopes

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?

British Royal Navy Using 3D Printed Drones to Navigate Icebreakers Through Antarctic

The British Royal Navy announced that one of their Antarctic ice patrol ships, the HMS Protector, has been navigating through thick ice patches with the help of 3D printed drones. The drones provide real-time data to the engineers aboard the HMS Protector, and have proven to be excellent long-range reconnaissance tools // Read More // Watch Video

Simulating Deep-Water Drilling Projects with 3D printing to Prevent Environmental Impacts

The Dutch oil and gas multinational Shell has just revealed that they have been relying on 3D printers to successfully prototype the deepest drilling station in the world: the Stones oil and gas station in the US portion of the Gulf of Mexico // Read More // Watch Video

Researchers Develop 3D Laser Writing Technique for High-Quality Micro-Optics

A research team based at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have recently published a studythat demonstrates the capability to 3D print micron-scale optics with more precision and reproducibility than ever before // Read More

Nano Dimension Patents New Hybrid Process for PCB 3D Printing

Nano Dimension filed a patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which detailed their new process for 3D printing electronic circuit printing, which works by simultaneously curing and sintering two types of ink, conductive metal ink and insulator ink // Read More

2-year-old Receiving World's First Functioning 3D Printed Ear

Toddler Maia Van Mulligan will be fitted with a first-of-a-kind 3D printed ear, as a result of groundbreaking research carried out by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) // Read More

Boeing Creates 3D Printed Aerial Ice to Allow More Planes and Pilots to Test in Simulated Dangerous Conditions

Aerospace giant Boeing has created 3D printed artificial ice shapes meant to simulate freezing flight conditions for aircraft and flight certification processes. Ultimately,  the artificial ice will allow for more training and testing under dangerous conditions // Read More

3D Printed Microscope Cuts Equipment Cost by Factor of 50

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) used ABS plastic, a laser cutter producing silicone gaskets, and rare earth magnets to create a fully functioning laboratory microscope, available at two percent the cost of a regular one // Github Microscope Files //Read More

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