Change Is Additive—Week of 5/20/16

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

3D Printing Metal Without Support, Programmable 50 Micron Cilia Hair, Olympian to Compete with 3D Printed Prosthetic, Inexpensive 3D Printed Vein Finder for Nurses in Developing Countries, 3D Printed Glasses & Camera Equipment 

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?

Harvard Researchers Develop Mid-Air Metal 3D Printing

Harvard’s Wyss Institute has created a 3D printing system that  uses a high-powered laser to anneal nanoscopic particles of conductive metallic inks with no need for any sort of support structures. The technology is capable of annealing flexible and complex metal electrodes and structures that can be used in a myriad of applications // Read More // Watch Full Video

MIT 3D Prints 50 Micron “Hair” That Can Move Objects and Act as Sensors

Researchers from MIT's Tangible Media Group have created micro pillar structures that most closely resemble hair and fur. These structures, called 'Cilllia 3D,' were created through a bitmap generating program. The Cilllia can be programmed for a variety of applications, including creating mechanical adhesion, sensing movement, and acting as actuators // Read More // Watch Full Video

3D Printed Vein Finder

3D Printed Vein Finder

3D Printed Vein Finder to Help Nurses in Developing Countries

A military automotive engineer, Alex Stanciu, has designed a 3D printable vein finder, which could be used by nurses in developing countries to serve communities with less access to medical funding.  The $25 device is about five times cheaper than market alternatives // Read More

German Paralympian Hoping to Use 3D Printed Prosthetic in 2016 Rio Games

In the 2016 Paralympics, held in Rio de Janeiro this September, German silver medal winning cyclist Denise Schindler is looking to become the first paralympian to race using a 3D printed prosthetic device. Her specialized prosthetic was designed as a collaboration between Schindler and Autodesk. To demonstrate the efficiency and customizability of 3D design and 3D printing technology, Autodesk brought Schindler to meet with President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (pictured above) // Read More


3D Printable Camera Slider

In our download section this week, we're featuring a 3D printable camera slider, perfectly designed for the most adamant DIY photographers. The project includes directions to create a supported slide rail and railing platform // Learn More

3D Printable Glasses

FATHOM's Aaron Porterfield, a passionate multi-media designer with experience in 3D printing, has created an Instructable for making 3D printed glasses. Check it out and customize your own frames! // Learn More

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