Change Is Additive—Week of 12/2/16

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

3D Printing Steel at Autodesk's Pier 9, Additive Manufacturing in Downstream Applications, Reducing Oil Consumption, Innovative 3D Printing Technique for Construction, Millions for Additive Education

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?

Autodesk 3D Printing Stainless Steel at Pier 9

Autodesk's Pier 9 has been experimenting with a new method of 3D printing steel, in which high-temperature metal is extruded and welded simultaneously. Similar in concept to fused deposition modeling, this new methodology relies on welding for adhesion. KUKA robotic arms are being used in concert with the new method to form full steel structures // Read More // Watch Video

Heat Resistant Quadcopter 3D Printed with Embedded Electronics

In order to demonstrate the durability and heat-resistance of high-strength aerospace-grade ULTEM 9085, Stratasys has partnered with Nanyan Technological University PhD student Phillip Keane to create a heat-resistant drone with embedded electronics. The quadcopter drone took flight recently near the Singapore campus of NTU // Read More // Watch Video

Downstream 3D Printing Could Save US Manufacturers Billions

An in-depth study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has shown that 3D printing and additive technologies could be a major boon to the United States' manufacturing industry. NIST revealed that American commercial manufacturers alone could see approximately an 18 percent reduction in production cost in a number of valuable 3D printing applications // Read More

Robotic Construction Project Pioneers 3D Printing Construction Technique

Researchers at Switzerland-based ETH Zurich, with partnering research firm Gramazio Kohler Zurich, have pioneered a new construction technique that uses robotics to create layered metallic mesh, which is then filled with concrete // Read More

3D Printing Construction

3D Printing Could Lead to Reduced Oil Consumption

A report from Swedish financial services firm Nordea claims that 3D printing and electric vehicles can help curtail global oil consumption, especially in particularly environmentally progressive areas such as Scandinavia // Read More

3D Printing Oil Consumption

GE Investing Millions in Educational 3D Printing Subsidies

GE's additive manufacturing branch, GE Additive, announced a commitment of $10 million to educational programs, equipment, and training surrounding 3D printing.

According to GE, institutions and schools with previous dedications to additive manufacturing will be likely targets for funding // Read More

3D Printing Education


3D Printed Lunar Phase Clock

In honor of the recent "supermoon," Thingiverse user G4lileo created a lunar phase clock // Download

3D Printing Lunar Clock

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Imagery and News Sources:,,, Stratasys, Autodesk, Pier 9, KUKA, ETH Zurich, NTU, Phillip Keane, Thingiverse, GE, NISD, Nordea, G4lile0