Change Is Additive—Week of 9/30/16

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


3D Printing Bone Implants, Stop Motion Animation Puts Additive Manufacturing into Action, NYC Displays Arch of Palmyra, Optimizing Atomic Force Microscopes

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 Print Replacement Bones

Researchers at Northwestern University have developed an ink that can be 3D printed into bone structures of any shape. The structures are described as "robust but ultra-elastic, allowing surgeons to cut and manipulate form the perfect shape." The implants are rapidly integrated into the body, with blood vessels infiltrating the porous structures // Read More // Watch Video

How 3D Printing Is Revolutionizing Stop Motion Animation

Increasingly, stop motion animation studios like Laika Studios have been integrating 3D printing into their production cycles. In films like the recently released "Kubo and the Two Strings," 3D printing is allowing animators to blur the lines between the digital and the physical // Watch Video

Nano-Scale 3D Printing Used to Enhance Atomic Force Microscopes

A group of researchers from a Swiss research institute has created 3D printed nanometric-scale sensors which can improve the accuracy of atomic force microscopes. The innovation continues along the path of another research institute covered previously in Change Is Additive //Read More


3D Printed Replica of the Ancient Palmyra Arch Destroyed by ISIS Now on Display in NYC

A 3D printed replica of the Triumphal Arch of Palmyra was unveiled in New York City's Hall Park. The original arch, destroyed by ISIS in 2015, was a key part of the ruins of Palmyra, an ancient Semitic city located in present-day Syria.

The 3D printed recreation of the arch has traveled to London previously, and is the result of a collaboration between the Institute of Digital Archaeology and UNESCO // Read More


The World's Largest 3D Printed Architectural Pavilion

VULCAN, previously the world’s largest 3D printed architectural pavilion and pictured above, was just surpassed as the world record holder by another Beijing installation. "Rise Pavilion," created through a partnership between Beijing-based 3D design studio DeFacto and marketing communications firm Edelman, is comprised of five petal-like segments. Once it is taken down, its individual parts will be upcycled  // Read More



Cable Management Hive

A designer on Thingiverse has created an easy, 3D printable solution to the growing nest of cables occupying most office desks, available here // Download


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Imagery and News Sources:,, EPFL, Laika Studios, Northwestern University, Thingiverse, DeFacto, Edelman, IDA, UNESCO