Change Is Additive—Week of 11/18/16

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

Using 3D Printing for Downstream Manufacturing, 3D Scanning for VR, Kuka Robotics, 3D Printed Titanium for Medical, Factory of the Future

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?

Virtual Reality to Reach Unprecedented Level of Personalization With 3D Scanning

Wolfprint, a young Estonian company in the 3D scanning and virtual reality space, is pursuing the ultimate goal of creating virtual world avatars for every user. The company has created the "Luna" scanner, which is encased in a pod-like structure that resembles a photobooth. The company's CEO, Timmu Tõke, explains the company's motivation as "to bring humanity into VR" // Read More // Watch Video

Kuka Robot 3D Printing Without Support

A Shanghai-based team of designers used a Kuka robot with 3D printing in the spirit of biomimicking to simulate web-laying like a spider. Dubbed the Robotic 3D Spatial Printer, the system can create intricate 3D printed designs without support // Watch Video

3D Printed Sculptures Dazzle Under Stroboscopic Light

Inventor, Designer, and Artist John Edmark, a Stanford professor hosted at Autodesk's Pier 9, created a series of dynamic 3D printed sculptures called "blooms." To create the effect seen above, the rotation speed of the sculpture is matched to the shutter speed and flash of the camera documenting the project // Read More // Watch Video

Stratasys & Siemens—Taking Additive Manufacturing Downstream with New Fortus 900mc 3D printer

Global 3D printing company Stratasys and engineering magnate Siemens have been talking about their collaborative partnership that is intended to explore the utilization of 3D printing at multiple stages of the manufacturing process.

Ultimately, the aim is to push forward their shared vision of fully integrating 3D printing into traditional manufacturing processes, making it a standard practice across a wide range of industries, including aerospace, automotive, transportation, and energy" // Read More

3D Printing Kuka

GE Aviation Unveiling "AM Factory of Tomorrow"

In pursuit of similar goals to the announcement featured above, GE Aviation and Concept Laser, a German 3D printer manufacturer, have announced their intention to feature the "AM Factory of Tomorrow" at this year's formnext 3D printing trade show in Frankfurt, Germany // Read More

3D Printing Facility of Future

FDA Approves Use of 3D Printed Titanium Spinal Implants for Clinical Treatments

K2M, a spinal surgery technology company, was recently granted FDA approval for the use of its CASCADIA Interbody Systems, which include a number of titanium 3D printed implants. The implants are created with Lamellar 3D Titanium Technology, which allow for extremely complex structures to be constructed without the need for tooling. K2M claims that the 3D printed structures actually serve to stimulate bone growth in comparison to standard implants // Read More

3D Printing Titanium Implant


3D Printable Chess Set

Designed for FDM 3D printers, this full chess set is available for download on Pinshape // Read More

3D Printing Chess Set

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Imagery and News Sources:,,,, Tongji University College of Architecture & Urban Planning, Kuka, GE Aviation, Wolfprint, Concept Laser, K2M, Autodesk Pier 9, John Edmark, Siemens, Stratasys, Pinshape, Pinshape User Thomas Davis