Change Is Additive—Week of 7/22/16

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

3D Printing & Tour de France, 3D Printing Bio-Robots, Powder-Based Laser Metal 3D Printing, High Strength Nanostructures, Pokemon Go

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 Printed Bio-Robot Made Up of Living Tissue

A team of Harvard researchers have completed a hybrid bio-robot stingray, made from rat heart muscle tissue and 3D printed gold cartilage. The 3D printed gold skeleton plays a crucial role in that process, as it effectively acts as cartilage and provides recoil, enabling the pectoral fins to bounce back to their original positions. This ray is a tremendous breakthrough and an important step towards bioprinting human organs // Read More // Watch Video

Testing with 3D Printing Pays Off: Tour de France Cyclist Wins Time Trials

Tom Dumoulin, a pro bicycle racer from the Netherlands and competitor in the Tour De France, was 3D scanned from head to toe in order to create a full-size 3D printed replica. A team of designers performed many tests on the 3D printed model, improving the aerodynamics of Dumoulin's racing suit. Dumoulin went on to win time trials in the Tour De France // Read More // Watch Video

Metal 3D Printing

Aerospace: Powder-bed-based Laser Melting with Metals

Thales Alenia Space and Poly-Shape SAS have built Europe’s largest qualified 3D metal printed part for satellites. The partnership has produced additively manufactured parts for the new South Korean communications satellites Koreasat-5A and Koreasat-7, set to go into orbit in 2017 // Read More

3D Printing Nanostructures

Scientists Use 3D Printing to Scale Up Light, Elastic and High-strength Nanostructures

Researchers from Virginia Tech have just unveiled a way to successfully scale up unique nanostructure material characteristics through 3D printing. Consisting of synthesized materials on a nanoscale level, they have numerous mechanical, optical, and energy qualities that could be applied in many industries // Read More

3D Printing Bio-Robot

Scientists Create Bio-Robots: Sea Slug Muscles & 3D Printed Parts

In an experiment similar to the video mentioned above, researchers have developed a hybrid bio-robot using cells from sea slugs. The bio-robots movements are currently relatively simple, but will likely become more complex as research continues // Read More

3D Printing Desk Lamp

Clean Lines with Minimal 3D Printed Lamp

This 3D printable lamp brings a modern, simple look to any desk or table // Download

3D Printing Pokemon GO

Pokemon Go Players Are Finding Real 3D Printed Pokemon at Pokestops and Gyms

As PokemonGo has continued to explode across popular culture and social media with more daily active users than Twitter, artists and companies are taking note.

A number of 3D printing enthusiasts have released low-poly 3D printable versions of some of the most popular Pokemon characters // Learn More

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