Change Is Additive—Week of 10/28/16

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

3D Printing Organ Structures, Liquid Additive, Lightweighting for Car Parts, Metamaterials

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?

3D Printed Heart-on-a-Chip with Integrated Sensors

Harvard University researchers have created the first fully 3D printed "organ-on-a-chip" with integrated sensing. The chip can be printed and tested quickly, allowing "researchers to easily collect reliable data for short-term and long-term studies." The pioneering technique is a major step towards fully 3D printed organs // Watch Video // Read More

Liquid Factory: Reebok Uses Liquid Material 3D Printing

Like some other apparel and footwear companies, Reebok has increased focus on the 3D printing portion of production. For its newest sneaker line, Reebok is experimenting with an innovative 3D printing technique, liquid material 3D printing, to achieve a distinctive look and a hybridized shoe sole //Read More // Watch Video

LLNL Uses 3D Printing & Lightweight Metamaterials to Solve Thermal Mismatch Issues

Researchers in the Additive Manufacturing division at Lawrence Livermore National Lab are now experimenting with extreme lightweight 3D printed lattice materials that can be manipulated to shrink, rather than expand, when exposed to heat // Read More

3D Printing Metamaterials

Cheaper, Faster, Lighter: 3D Printed Car Parts

Divergent 3D and partners are using metal 3D printing to create various automotive parts, currently consisting mainly of structural and suspension components. In time, there is hope to expand production to "large complex structures like cylinder heads and engine blocks" in order to continue reducing the weight of vehicles overall // Read More

3D Printing Metal Car Parts

Maastricht's Moroni Lab Pioneers 3D Bioprinted Scaffolds that Control Stem Cell Differentiation

Researchers from the Moroni Lab at Maastricht University in the Netherlands have created several "3D printable scaffold designs displaying the gradients necessary to influence the differentiation of adult stem cells towards skeletal cells." The researchers' ultimate goal is to create "complete libraries of 3D scaffolds" that can control the ultimate use of the cells, whether they be bone cells, organ cells, skin cells, or anything else // Read More

3D Printing Stem Cells


Top 3D Printed Halloween Costumes, Props, and Decorations

With Halloween fast approaching, here are some 3D printable props and costumes to get your parties going // Download

3D Printing Lightsaber

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