Change Is Additive—Week of 7/8/16

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

3D Printing Highly Accurate Surgical Models, Counteract Poaching Endangered Animals with 3D Printed Horns, Sustainable Bioprocess for Creating PLA, Software for 3D Printing PCBs, 3D Printed Parts to Withstand Extreme Heat

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 Printing Creates Major Strides in Neurosurgery through Bio-Accurate Training Simulations

At the Center for Biomedical and Technology Integration, the Stratasys J750 is being used to test the boundaries of 3D printing for new medical applications. With greater texture and color-matching than any 3D printer on the market, the newest PolyJet-based printer is being used to test the creation of custom medical implants, make surgical training implements, and "enhancing clinical realism" of medical models overall // Read More // Watch Video

3D Printing DNA-Matched Rhino Horns to Saturate Market & Stop Poaching

In an effort to curtail illegal poaching of the endangered Rhinocerous, bioengineering firm Pembient is creating indistinguishable rhino horn imitations using 3D bio-printing to integrate actual rhino DNA in their recreations. A sizable part of the illegal wildlife trade, a $20 billion industry, rhino horns sell for approximately $60,000 per kilogram. Pembient hopes to flood the market with indistinguishable fakes and curtail profits for poachers  // Watch Video

Bioprocess for Creating PLA

Carbios Creates Bioprocess for Producing PLA

French green chemistry company Carbios has made a breakthrough in recycled plastic filaments and bioplastics through the development of a sustainable one-step PLA production process. Its vivo enzymatic polymerisation process of turning lactic acid into a “high-molecular weight homopolymer of PLA” could offer a more competitive, and cheaper method for creating PLAs // Read More

Software for 3D Printing PCBs

Nano Dimension Completes 'Switch' Software Package for 3D Printing PCBs

Nano Dimension has just announced they have finalized the development of  the “Switch” software package, which will be integrated into the DragonFly 2020 3D printer. The Switch software offers users a comprehensive interface that displays both the PCB and detailed descriptions of its structure, allowing for the PCB design to be converted into a 3D printable file format in a highly precise manner // Read More

3D Printing High-Temperature Resistance

Modular 3D Prints to Withstand Extremely High Temperatures

Siemens developed a laser-based technology that allows the 3D printed parts to withstand higher temperature over longer periods. After being manufactured via laser, the parts are "precisely measured, subjected to finishing, and then joined using high-temperature brazing" // Read More


Multi-Rotor GoPro Mountable Drone

This downloadable drone for 3D printing is ready to load up with a camera so you can start filming right away. Base jumpers have been using the Crossfire 2 to document windmill jumps, as seen in the gif above // Learn More // Watch Video

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Imagery and News Sources:,, Thingiverse, Crossfire 2, Seimens, Carbios, Pembient, Nano Dimension, Discovery, CMBTI, Stratasys