Change Is Additive—Week of 2/24/2017

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

3D Printing for Military Applications, Apple Acquires 3D Scanning Company, Using Additive in NASCAR, Face Transplant Leverages 3D Printed Surgical Guides

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 Printed Guides for Facial Transplant

A medical team from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota has successfully completed a facial transplant for 32-year-old patient Andrew Sandness. The incredibly complex procedure, which required over 50 hours of surgery, was made possible in part thanks to 3D printing technologies, which were used to produce 3D models and surgical guides // Read More // Watch Video

3D Printing Facial Surgery

3D Printing for NASCAR with Stratasys Partnership

Stratasys has entered into a technical partnership with Team Penske, an American professional stock car and open-wheel racing team. The multi-year agreement means Stratasys will support Team Penske by providing equipment and services for engineering and manufacturing across its NASCAR and IndyCar racing platforms // Read More // Watch Video

3D Printing NASCAR

3D Printing for Trident Submarines & Other Military Applications

Due to legacy costs and the complexities of manufacturing, the Trident missile D5 program is looking to reduce these costs by using 3D printing. A complex assembly of parts is being reduced down to one production step // Read More

3D Printing Submarine Parts

Apple Reportedly Acquires Israeli Facial 3D Scanning Software Company RealFace

The American tech giant has reportedly bought Israeli company RealFace. Founded in 2014, Tel Aviv-based RealFace is known for developing facial recognition technology, including its  app that can select the user’s best photos using mathematics with its software // Read More

3D Printing Apple

Voronoi Hexagon Dish

Check out this fully 3D printable Voronoi design is available from Thingiverse // Download

3D Printing Voronoi

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Imagery and News Sources:,,, UC Berkeley, Team Penske, Stratasys, Mayo Clinic, Apple, RealFace, Trident Missile Program, United States Navy