Change Is Additive—Week of 3/25/16
CHANGE IS ADDITIVE—A 3D Printing News Series by FATHOMMIT Develops 3D Printed Glass, 3D Printed Amphibious Drone, FDA Approves 3D Printed Drugs, Airbus Plans for 3D Printed Planes, 3D Printed Circuit Boards
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 of the week?
Neri Oxman and the "Mediated Matter" team at the MIT Media Lab have developed what they have jokingly dubbed the 'viscous sewing machine,' a machine that heats glass to temperatures higher than 1000 degrees Celsius, which then extrudes and cools the material. The project "toggles between industrial applications and a spectacular new art form in itself" // Watch in Action
A group from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab has created a 3D printed drone that can stay underwater for months, swimming in a manner similar to flight, and then deploy into the air directly from the water. The unmanned aerial vehicle, named the Corrosion Resistant Aerial Covert Unmanned Nautical System, or "CRACUNS," is extremely lightweight and limits external metal parts to prevent rust or malfunction from water exposure // Watch Water Launch
Aprecia Pharmaceuticals recently gained FDA approval for its 3D printed epilepsy drug, which was created using the pharmaceutical company’s proprietary ZipDose Technology—a combination of 3D printing and formulation science which is able to produce rapidly disintegrating formulations of medications. Spritam, the medication, is the first 3D printed drug to receive FDA approval // Read More
Electronics and multi-layer PCB 3D printer manufacturer Nano Dimension has announced that they have signed a deal with 3D printing service provider and distributor FATHOM to introduce the DragonFly 2020 3D Printer to the greater West Coast and Silicon Valley area // Read More
Already having adopted 3D printing and additive manufacturing for a significant amount of parts in many existing planes, leading Aerospace manufacturer Airbus announced that it intends to additively manufacture approximately half the components of future airplane fleets // Read More // Download AutoCAD 3-View Drawings of Airbus Aircraft
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Imagery and News Sources: Engadget, Nano Dimension, 3dprint.com, Airbus, 3ders.org