CHANGE IS ADDITIVE—A 3D Printing News Series by FATHOM
Sculpting for 3D Printing in VR, 3D Printing & Architecture, Hyper-Realistic Medical Training Models, Rejuvenating American Manufacturing
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?
Branch Technology, a partner of KUKA, is working with the architecture firm Gould Turner Group to shift the way architects, designers, and project managers approach building and construction. Additive is not only being used in the prototype and planning phases, but also, increasingly, as a viable method of construction on a large scale // Watch Video
In this video, Caleb Kraft of Make Magazine demonstrates the some of the functionalities of a new program from Oculus called “Medium.” Virtual reality has enormous potential in the design space, and 3D printing complements the design freedom provided by virtual reality environments // Watch Video
Mount Sinai Health System recently announced new 3D printing services available to associated clinicians. The “Medical Modeling Core” will be the first resource of its kind available to health care professionals, allowing for the standardized use of 3D printing in the intricate planning of procedures and for trial surgical runs // Read More
The rise of additive technology has rejuvenated a number of economic regions around the United States, including eastern Tennessee. With the Oak Ridge National Laboratory located near Knoxville, the economy surrounding research, manufacturing technologies, and material innovation has grown substantially throughout the past few years, supporting the opening of a number of suppliers, design firms, and manufacturers in the surrounding area. This eastern Tennessee corridor is seen as a demonstration of the correlative relationship between federal funding, innovation, research, and economic success that proponents hope could form a model for other American manufacturing hubs // Read More
British engineering firm Renishaw has contributed to the success of the Land Rover Ben Ainsley Racing yacht, using their expertise in metal 3D printing to reduce weight and enhance flexibility on some of the speedy craft’s components. The team had previously used 3D printing primarily for rapid prototyping, but with its latest vessel, it has shifted into using additive technologies for the creation of end-use parts // Read More
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