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?
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
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
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 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
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
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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