Change Is Additive—Week of 3/24/2017

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

Additive Rocket Lab Secures Funding, New Shoe Production Methods, 3D Printing in Hollywood, Recycled Concrete 3D Printing, New Stratasys Dental 3D Printer, Navy Presents Additive to Pentagon

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?

A Look Inside Nike's Air Manufacturing Innovation Facility 

A first-ever look inside Nike's Air Manufacturing Innovation facility in Beaverton, OR which for almost 30 years has created and innovated with Nike Air technology // Watch Video

Michael Fassbender Gets 3D Printed in New Alien: Covenant Teaser

With the Alien: Covenant film set to release soon, a promotional video chronicling the creation of one of the main characters has been making the rounds. "Meet Walter" showcases the 3D printing technology that goes into manufacturing Walter, a synthetic human played by Michael Fassbender, in a teaser that blends science fiction and reality // Read More // Watch Video

3D Printed Rocket Launch Startup Raises $75M in Series D Round

Rocket Lab, a startup based in Los Angeles and New Zealand whose rocket boosters use 3D printed engines, has raised $75 million in a Series D financing round. The money will be used to expand manufacturing facilities for the Electron launch vehicle. Designed to be manufactured at a rate of one rocket per week, pricing is projected to be about $5 million per flight. The vehicle’s booster features battery-operated electric motors and 3D printed Rutherford engines // Read More

3D Printing Rocket

3D Printing Cement Made from Industrial Waste

Renca, a company founded by Russian businessman Andrey Dudnikov and Italian geologist Alex Reggiani, has been working in partnership with the Dubai Municipality to create a 3D printable construction material that can be used to manufacture buildings in the Middle Eastern city. They claim to have created a geopolymer cement made from industrial by-products, making it about 10 times more eco-friendly (in terms of energy consumption) than traditional cement // Read More

3D Printing Recycled Cement

Under Armour's 3D Printed Futurist Sneakers

American sportswear company Under Armour recently debuted its newest shoe model at its FW17 collection fashion show. The Futurist shoe, which is expected to officially launch on March 30, will be retailing for $300 a pair.  The sneakers feature a notable 3D printed perforated upper and a 3D printed outsole // Read More

3D Printing Under Armour

New Stratasys J700 Dental 3D Printer Debuts at IDS 2017

Stratasys has unveiled its new J700 Dental 3D Printing solution at the International Dental Show in Cologne, Germany. The dental 3D printer is the “fastest PolyJet-based 3D printer for production of clear aligner molds" and will be available for purchase later this year // Read More

3D Printing Dental Stratasys

US Navy Presents 3D Printing Innovations at the Pentagon

The US Department of the Navy held a 3D Print-a-Thon at the Pentagon to display innovative use of the technology. The event featured 40 3D printing projects presented from over 20 different Navy and Marine Corps organizations // Read More

3D Printing Navy Pentagon


3D Printed Mechanical Clock

This fully 3D printable design is available from Thingiverse // Download

3D Printing Clock

Aion Planter

This fully 3D printable design is available from Cults 3D// Download

3D Printing Planter

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Imagery and News Sources:,,, Stratasys, Nike, Under Armour, Rocket Lab, Renca, 20th Century FOX, U.S. Navy, Thingiverse, The Goofy, Cults 3D, David_L_G