Change Is Additive—Week of 7/1/16

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

World's First Successful 3D Printed Spinal Implant, Under Armour's New Manufacturing Innovation Center, Unique Properties of 3D Printed Micron Lattice, Customizing Cars with 3D Printing

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?

1st Successful 3D Printed Spinal Implant Operation

A Beijing University hospital has performed the world’s first successful spinal operation with a 3D printed implant.The spinal substitute is a 3D printed titanium mesh tube implanted to reconstruct the spinal link and support between the patient’s chest and abdomen  // Read More // Watch Video

Under Armour Embraces 3D Printing & Scanning—New Manufacturing Innovation Center

Under Armour has opened a new facility that integrates cutting edge 3D printing and 3D scanning technologies, which will serve as a testing ground for various new methods of production. Under Armour intends to experiment with 3D printing in various phases of the product development cycle, and integrate the most successful applications into its global manufacturing chain // Read More // Watch Video

3D Printing Micron Lattice

3D Printed Micron Lattices Have Unique Properties Not Seen In Other Materials, LLNL Study Reveals

A series of experiments on 3D printed lattices by a team from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) revealed that 3D printed micron lattices exhibit unique mechanical properties that are not found in ‘disordered’ cellular materials that exist naturally. During their experiments with these 3D printed micron structures, researchers observed that elastic deflection of the structure occurred ahead of the compaction front,  giving engineers an unprecedented opportunity to manipulate stress resistance with 3D printing. “The basic approach is to be able to use the collective properties of an engineered structure at the micron scale to influence the macromechanical response,” project lead Mukul Kumar said // Read More

3D Printing Lens

Researchers Use 3D printing To Create The World's Tiniest Camera Lens

Researchers at Stuttgart University created a 3D printed triplet lens by combining three of the lenses into a 'pinhead' device. The ‘pinhead’ device is capable of high-res imagery and can be printed directly onto image sensors such as optical fibers, those used in digital cameras, or even the tip of an endoscope// Read More

3D Printing Custom Cars

Stratasys Teams With Japanese Automaker to Customize Cars

A new Stratasys partnership with Daihatsu, a division of Toyota, could have deep implications for the future of mass customization through 3D printing. This new collaboration between Stratasys, Diahatsu, and local industrial designers utilizes 10 different 3D printed designs and patterns created by Stratasys Fortus series printers, which buyers can customize for Daihatsu's 2-door convertible, Copen // Read More

3D Printing Lamp

Valeria Lamp Utilizes All 3D Printed Components

This fully 3D printable lamp, including base, is best suited to printing in FDM. It is freely available for download and assembly // Learn More

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