Change Is Additive—Week of 8/18/2017

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

3D Printed Silicone Heart, Marine Corps Additive Challenge, Conformal Cooling Molds, Airbus Satellite Manufacturing, Hyundai Cuts Down Design Cycles with 3D Printing

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 Soft Silicone 3D Printed Heart

Switzerland-based researchers claim to have come a step closer to building a better artificial heart, a flexible prototype that’s 3D printed from silicone // Watch Video

Additive + Conformal Cooling Mold

Conformal Cooling Mold technologies are taken to the next level by integrating additive manufacturing with expert machine tool finishing. Check out the different possibilities to post-process these unique builds that only additive manufacturing can produce // Watch Video

Marine Corps 3D Printing
3D Printing Airbus

"The people closest to the problem are also the people closest to the solution," Capt. Chris Wood, co-lead for Additive Manufacturing with the US Marine Corps, told Engadget. In 2016, the USMC put that adage to the test as it launched the Logistics Innovation Challenge, a program "to solicit ideas from Marines, sailors and civilians from across the Marine Corps" that would address challenges that they face in their daily duties—and this is only the start to the US Military's additive-manufacturing aspirations // Read More

Airbus Defense and Space Enhances Satellite RF Filter Production with Metal 3D Printing

Hyundai 3D Printing

France-based Airbus is one of the biggest adopters of additive technology, and the company has teamed up with big names in the additive manufacturing industry like Dassault Systèmes, Sciaky, and Renishaw to develop and incorporate 3D printed airplane components. Recently, the company’s Defense and Space division, which formed in early 2014 and is based in the UK, worked with 3D Systems to use its Direct Metal Printing (DMP) technology to manufacture what it says is the very first metal 3D printed radio-frequency (RF) filter to be tested and validated to use in commercial telecommunications satellites // Read More

To Slash Product Design Cycles By 50%, Hyundai Opens New Design Studio Equipped With 3D Printing Technology

Hyundai Motor Group, which is headquartered in South Korea, is stepping up to the plate with its luxury brand Genesis, with a goal of slashing product design cycles by half–using advanced technology like 3D printing // Read More


Structure Clock

Check out this 3D printable clock available from Cults3D // Download

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Imagery and News Sources:,,, United States Marine Corps, Hyundai, Engadget, Cults3D, Methods Machine Tools, Quartz