Change Is Additive—Week of 6/10/16

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

Mobile 3D Face-Scanning, Rethinking the Sundial, WSJ & 3D Printing, Bespoke Mountain Bikes, Custom 3D Printed Footwear, Upcycling with 3D Printing, First 3D Printed Home

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 Face Scanning App Aquired

3D face scanning and augmented reality app Seene has been acquired by global social media force Snapchat. The app's functionality provides the ability to create 3D scans, with a heavy focus on facial recognition, directly from your smartphone // Read More // Watch Video

3D Printed Sundial Changes Shape with Solar Data

Amsterdam-based urban design and architectural firm prescription and global engineering firm Arup aim to modernize the sundial by creating a 3D printed installation for the city of Amsterdam. The bio-inspired sundial design created by the two firms resembles a blooming flower. Made from a series of petal-like 3D printed flexible plastic sheets, the sundial tells the time through its cast shadow, while dynamically accounting for the time of year and geographical location // Read More // Watch Video

3D Printed House

Architecture Firm Designs First Freeform 3D Printed Home

Architecture studio Wimberly, Allison, Tong & Goo (WATG) has designed what will be the world's first freeform 3D-printed house. The arch-based "Curve Appeal" design was submitted to and won Branch Technology's inaugural Freeform Home Design Challenge // Read More

WSJ 3D Printing

Wall Street Journal Report ‘How to Revitalize U.S. Manufacturing’ Highlights 3D Printing & DMLS

A recent investigative piece in the Wall Street Journal delved into modern manufacturing in the United States. Highlighted in the section were 3D printing and specifically metal 3D printing as technologies that are already having significant impacts on the production cycles of many large-scale manufacturers, including GE and Boeing // Read More

3D Printing for Visually Impaired

3D Printed Teaching Aids Enhance Education Experience for Visually Impaired Students

Research from the 3D printing Lab at Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) has shown that 3D printed tactile teaching aids, including 3D printed replicas of historical monuments and maps, can improve the literacy comprehension and writing skills of blind and visually impaired students // Read More

DSW & Feetz 3D Printing Shoes

Retailers Bring Large-Scale 3D Printed Footwear to the Public

Feetz, an online retailer focused on sustainable 3D printed shoes, has teamed up with leading footwear retail outlet DSW. The ultimate goal of the partnership is to make custom-fit 3D printed shoes available to the public at low cost // Read More

3D Printing Bespoke Bikes

Metal 3D Printing for Fully Bespoke Mountain Bikes

UK-based startup Robot Bike has begun offering mountain bikes 3D printed to each individual rider's specifications. Drawing inspiration from aerospace 3D printing applications, the company creates completely bespoke mountain bikes that incorporate carbon fiber tubes and 3D printed titanium lugs that can be completely customized // Read More

3D Printing Vases

3D Printed Vases Use Upcycled Bottles

Milan-based designer Libero Rutilo, of DesignLibero, has found a way to give PET bottles a second chance at life. Combining 3D printing technology with upcycling, Libero Rutilo created a series of vases that are only made up of the external shell // Product Page

3D Printed Gimbal Series for Stabilized Filming

Utilizing 3D printing, a small upstart Polish company has developed a range of adjustable and durable gimbals that can be used with most of the common sport cameras, including the GoPro or Sony Action Cam // Read More // Watch Video

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Imagery and News Sources:,, Wall Street Journal, Keech 3D, Groupon, Nixa, Arup, prescription, Vimeo, Youtube, Snapchat, Seene, KIST, Feetz, DSW, DesignLibero, Libero Rutilo, Robot Bike Gizmag, Dezeen, DesignMilk.