Change is Additive—3/18/16

CHANGE IS ADDITIVE—A Blog Series by FATHOM
Assembly Line Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printed Hydro Turbines, Fuel Efficient 3D Printed Cars, Download the Iris+ Drone

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?

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Autodesk Engineers New Project Escher, the "Factory-in-a-Box"

Autodesk set out to create a line of toolheads that could work together in "collaborative fabrication." Dubbed by its creators as "The Conductor," Project Escher is "really a complete factory in a box." Unique software developed by Autodesk allows each toolhead to work on a different portion of an object concurrently  // Watch in Action

How "Eco-Hybrid" Car Company Urbee Combines 3D Printing & Fuel Efficiency

The three-wheeled, two-seater Urbee 2 prototype is setting the mark for the future of automobile design and production. Featuring a body fully 3D printed in ABS on multiple Fortus 900mc 3D production systems, the Urbee 2 weighs just 1200 pounds and its hybrid, 10-horsepower engine has unprecedented mileage capabilities // Read More

Sustainable Hydro Power Using 3D Printed Turbine 

Verterra Energy Inc., a Minneapolis-based alternative energy company, has developed an innovative alternative to the traditional dam, created with the use of 3D printing. The hydro turbine system, called "Volturnus," operates based on a horizontal design that generates energy while deflecting debris floating downstream // Read More

3DRobotics Makes IRIS+ Drone Available for Download to 3D Print

3DRobotics has released one of their signature drones, the IRIS+, for download and 3D print. Similar to the Make The Unmakeable Challenge featuring the Horus Drone, a contest won recently by UC Berkeley Senior Casey Rogers, 3D Robotics hopes to encourage users' creativity in designing their own drone accessories // Read More // Download IRIS+

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Images courtesy of Autodesk, KOR Ecologic, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 3D Robotics