Change Is Additive—Week of 8/19/16

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


3D Printing for Atomic Force Microscopy, Changing Processes in Jewelry Design & Auto Manufacturing, Autodesk & Enable Partner for 3D Printed Prosthetics

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?

Fully-Functional 3D Printed Acoustic Violin

Formlabs Engineer Brian Chan created a fully-functional 3D-printed acoustic violin, and partnered with violinist Rhett Price to compose and perform a song using the 3D-printed instrument // Watch Video

Autodesk, Enable Community Foundation & Voodoo Manufacturing: Largest Volunteer Hand Drive to Date

Autodesk, Voodoo Manufacturing, and Enable Community Foundation partnered up for the largest volunteer prosthetic donation the foundation has ever seen, completing 750 total 3D printed prosthetic hands for people all over the world // Read More // Watch Assembly Video

KIT Researchers Employ Two-Photon Polymerization 3D Printing for Better Tools in Atomic Force Microscopy

Through the use of atomic force microscopy (AFM), scientists are able to measure a range of different properties with probing technology as they examine atomic surfaces. A team at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany decided to work on making their own AFM tips through 3D direct laser writing. They outlined their findings in a recent article just out in AIP Publishing’s Applied Physics Letters, Tailored probes for atomic force microscopy fabricated by two-photon polymerization // Read More

3D Printing Micron

Diamond Specialist De Beers Leverages 3D Printing

To cope with the R&D demands of the modern diamond industry, De Beers has adopted 3D printing as a crucial part of its diamond processing and jewelry manufacturing equipment. Especially for machining and casting equipment, 3D printing has become invaluable at De Beers and introduced "new levels of design freedom" // Read More

3D Printing Diamond Processing

BMW & Rolls Royce Discuss In-House 3D Printing

Pictured above, the Rolls Royce Phantom features more than 10,000 additively manufactured parts. One of the first auto manufacturers to integrate 3D printing, BMW has used the technology for about 25 years. First primarily utilizing 3D printing for prototyping and concept vehicles, BMW has shifted into creating end-use parts // Read More

3D Printing BMW


3D Printed Filament Spool

3D Printinception: create your own 3D printed 3D printing filament spool with this design. Support-free, and intended for print on FDM printers // Download

3D Printing Spool

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Imagery and News Sources:,,, Cults3D, Helder Santos, BMW, Rolls Royce, KIT, De Beers, Formlabs, Autodesk, Enable Community Foundation, Voodoo Manufacturing