Change Is Additive—Week of 6/9/2017

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

3D Printing to Improve Manufacturing Work Environment in Navy Shipyard, Commercial Space Station to Become Additive Hub, IndyCar Team Integrates Additive, TechCrunch Desktop Metal Review

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?

Tech Crunch—Desktop Metal’s 3D Printer Makes Metal Manufacturing Less Messy

Metal fabrication with traditional manufacturing processes is often associated with industrial chemicals, excessive noise, dangerous fumes, and exhaust. But in this review from TechCrunch, Desktop Metal's new additive manufacturing method uses techniques that are safer, easier to work with, and more office-friendly than any previously available metal 3D printing process that came before it //  Watch Video // Read More

Norfolk Naval Shipyard Employees Improve Work Environment with New 3D Printed Tool

In a methodology that is becoming more and more common in manufacturing, the Norfolk Naval Shipyard is integrating 3D printed tools into its workflow to improve employee work environments. Personnel at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Virginia have 3D printed a Tie Bolt Anti Rotation tool for use on a variety of naval vessels. The NNSY has its own Rapid Prototyping Lab and encourages employees to come up with new ideas for improving the way they work // Read More

NNSY 3D Printing

Stratasys Reveals Innovative Use of 3D Printing in IndyCar for Team Penske

American professional racing team Team Penske has revealed how its partnership with 3D printing company Stratasys has been implemented on the track. Team Penske, which races in both the NASCAR and IndyCar championships, signed a deal with Stratasys earlier this year in February. Since then, the 3D printer manufacturer has been busy redesigning parts for the racing team with the intention of improving performance // Read More

Penske 3D Printing

First Commercial Space Station Set to Launch, Planned Use As 3D Printing Hub

Houston-based Axiom Space plans to launch the first-ever commercial space station into orbit by 2020, and plans to use the station as an additive manufacturing hub. Axiom has only been around for a little over a year, but its employees possess extensive industry experience–president and CEO Michael Suffredini managed the ISS for ten years, and Axiom chairman Kam Ghaffarian is the president and CEO of NASA contractor SGT Inc., which trains American astronauts and manages the ISS. Their planned use of additive comes in the footsteps of Made In Space's zero gravity 3D printer, which builds parts for a number of ISS missions already // Read More

space station 3D printing

Nano Dimension Developed Novel Copper Nanoparticles Resistant to Oxidation

Nano Dimension reports it has developed novel copper nanoparticles that are resistant to oxidation and fuse into a conductive line after a sintering process at temperatures lower than 160 degrees Celsius. The innovative copper nanoparticles are packed into a unique spherical cluster and have properties similar to a core/shell structure (pictured above: shell at left, nanoparticles at right). The innovative copper nanoparticles are used as a basis to develop conductive ink that can significantly reduce the cost of raw-materials for 3D printing PCBs // Read More



Solids of Constant Width

Although they aren't round, solids of constant width roll in a fashion similar to a sphere, while being far less voluminous—these geometries are fully 3D printable // Download

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