Change Is Additive—Week of 2/26/16


Outer Space, Army Drones, 3D Printing Human Bone Tissue, Fossils

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?

Nasa Moving Forward with Outer Space 3D Printer

After extensive terrestrial testing, NASA is moving forward with a plan to launch a 3D printer along with a six-person crew up to the International Space Station in late March. The 3D printer will largely be used to make spare parts for the station, while also acting as a testing ground for the process of manufacturing in zero gravity // Watch Video

US Army Testing 3D Printed Drones in Combat

The US Army plans to start 3D printing drones for its next round of live military experiments in early 2017. Proponents said the technology “could allow small units operating in complex environments to quickly deploy an unmanned system tailored to specific needs” // Read More

Australian Surgeon Implants 3D Printed Vertebrae

Australian Surgeon Dr. Ralph Mobbs 3D printed titanium implants to replace cancerous vertebrae in Drage Josevski of New South Wales, Australia. The procedure could set a precedent for increased adoption of 3D printing body parts in more common medical procedures // Read More

Download and 3D Print Real Fossils

The database contains thousands of ancient fossils available for free download, with more than 500 species represented. The archive contains uploads from more than 70 institutions around the world, including the American Museum of Natural History, the Cairo Geological Museum, and the Smithsonian // Download Today

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