Change Is Additive—Week of 6/3/16

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

3D Printed Human Biotissue Repair, Mid-3D Print "Editing" System, 3D Printable CO2 Sponge, Airbus 3D Printed Aircraft, Optimizing DMLS, GE Using 3D Printing for Oil & Gas, 3D Printable Macintosh Display

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?

Collagen Company Researching 3D Printed Biotissue Repair

Regenerative medicine company CollPlant announced the exploration of human uses for their collagen-based medical products, including the development of a bio-ink material expressly intended for the 3D printing of human tissue and organs // Read More // Watch Video

"On-The-Fly" 3D Printing System Developed at Cornell

A team of researchers from Cornell University created an "on-the-fly print system," that allows the user to pause, measure, and test objects in the middle of 3D printing. While the system is only currently capable of very rudimentary 3D prints, the researchers "believe that this approach has the potential to improve the overall quality of the design process" // Read More // Watch Video

CO2 Sponges

Livermore Labs Create 3D Printable CO2 Sponge That Could Be Used to Fight Global Warming

Livermore Labs researchers have developed microcapsule solvents able to use sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) to effectively capture and store CO2. While the capsules are still time-consuming to make, limiting their production to about 1 kg per day, the researchers are working on other materials in which the sodium carbonate can be infused – materials like the 3D printed silicone fabric that engineer Du Nguyen refers to as a “CO2 sponge”  // Read More


Livermore Labs Research Method for Optimized Laser Powder-Bed Fusion Metal 3D Printing Process

Another team of researchers at Livermore Labs has been studying the small imperfections in DMLS parts that derive from the porosity of the metals. The team has attributed the tiny imperfections to "a denudation phenomenon caused by the laser used in laser powder-bed fusion 3D printing. As the laser moves over the bed to irradiate the metal powder, it produces a driving force that clears away some of the nearby powder particles. After several runs, this slightly reduces the amount of available powder, causing very tiny gaps and defects in a finished part." Discovering the phenomenon, which takes place on a microscopic level, is a step towards even greater accuracy of the metal 3D printing process // Read More

GE 3D Printing

GE Utilizes 3D Printing at Newest Oil & Gas Plant

At GE's newest oil and gas plant in Italy, a new nozzle production line will feature full automation, including 3D printing technology, to create end burners for gas turbine combustion chambers. GE claims that additive manufacturing is allowing them to "develop parts and products more efficiently, precisely and cost-effectively, accelerating the speed at which we can bring product to market" // Read More

Airbus "Thor" 3D Printed Aircraft

Airbus Unveils Fully 3D Printed Test Aircraft

Airbus recently filed a patent for a 3D printing process that would be capable of creating a sturdy structure for an entire airplane, and this week unveiled an entirely 3D printed unmanned aircraft vehicle. The UAV, dubbed THOR, will serve as a "test platform for high risk and aerodynamic investigations // Read More

Original Mac

3D Printable iPad Dock Imitates Original Macintosh

In our download section this week is a 3D printable part that can convert your iPad to the display appearance of the original Macintosh. Developed by Designer Hugo Riveros, the Macintosh Apple Mini Dock is free for download on Cults3D // Product Page

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Imagery and News Sources:,,, Cornell University, Cults3D, Hugo Riveros, Airbus, GE, Livermore Labs, CollPlant, Autodesk, CyArk, APWorks.