Featured Industry News // 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing

With so many developments in a fast-changing industry like 3D printing (3DP) and additive manufacturing (AM), the headlines really stack up—from hardware to software to materials and everything in between. To cut through the clutter of 3DP/AM news, check out these staff picks of the week. In this edition, FATHOMers highlight 3D printed smart objects, biodegradable metal implants, organ laboratories in space, and HP on HP.

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Smart 3D Printed Objects with ‘Embodied Logic’

Researchers at University of Pennsylvania have been inspired by the independent response system of the Venus flytrap—the team leveraged multi-material 3D printers to create active structures with nested if/then logic gates to achieve complicated mechanical behaviors that mimic the carnivorous plant // Watch Video

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3D Printing Dissolvable Medical Implants

A mechanical and materials engineering team at the University of Nebraska is leveraging hybrid manufacturing equipment by Optomec to 3D print a new kind of patient-specific medical implant. The metal-based additive system with CNC machining capabilities is being used to create magnesium components (e.g. screws) with a time-controlled dissolving feature that could eliminate second surgeries for implant removal // Watch Video

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3D Printing Organs in Space

In partnership with NASA, Techshot’s BioFabrication Facility (BFF) claims to be working on an innovative solution to the world’s shortage of donor organs by way of additive technologies and microgravity in space—check out BBC’s interview with the firm's vice-president of corporate advancement // Read More


‘Reinventing HP with Multi Jet Fusion’

TCT Magazine looks at how Stu Pann of HP challenged staff to reinvent itself with its own additive technology in "HP on HP: How the internal use of 3D printing is shaking up one of the world's biggest plastic supply chains." Learn about how HP assessed their Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) 3D printer components for additive viability // Read More

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Soft Structures That Reshape & Reconfigure

Researchers at North Carolina State University recently published a paper on a new type of smart elastomeric architectures capable of complex reconfiguration and shape change in applied magnetic fields—get the 6-page PDF // Download



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