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 a self-repairing material, 3D printed medical equipment, recycled street furniture, and retro computer.

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Self-Repairing Rubber for Tires & Shoes

Researchers from University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering claim to have developed a 3D printed rubber that repairs itself—it is manufactured faster and can be a game-changer for many industries. Highly durable, this rubber is made with additive methods that include photopolymerization, while introducing an oxidizer at the right ratio. While not ready for mass production, it is a step closer to realizing self-healing materials for everyday use // Watch Video

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Startup Using Additive To Deliver Medical Equipment

In the Penn State College of Engineering, Kijenzi developed a solution to deliver medical equipment to Kenya by way of 3D printing. The team says its focus is to develop a system and that will allow easier access to hospitals for training people to 3D print health equipment. The Kijenzi system will help clinics in Kenya additively fabricate as when needed, making it possible to bring health care to those in need // Watch Video

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3D Printed FDM Tire With Bounce

Check out this video and webinar by Mark Bashor of GoEngineer. He recently posted on LinkedIn, “This week I finished my first curiosity project using Stratasys' new TPU 92A—flexible FDM material. It’s a pneumatic off-road tire with inner tube wrapped around a scaled down two-piece Hummer wheel. So far, I've pumped it up to 20 psi with no ruptures and the side wall of the tire is only a modest .050 thick.” // Watch Video

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Turning Plastic Waste Into Street Furniture

Implemented in Thessaloniki, Greece, The New Raw and Coca-Cola have initiated the Print Your City project to print custom design furniture with recycled waste. This collaboration involves people bringing in their plastic waste into the lab which will then become part of the recycling process. With a 3D printing robotic arm, the recycled waste can be made into custom designed street furniture (Photo by Stefanos Tsakiris) // Read More

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Pantone Approved 3D Filament

In partnership with Pantone, FiberForce announced the launch of a Pantone Matching System (PMS) 3D printing filament. The colored polymer materials will include ABS, PLA, TPU, composites, and a few Nylon grade options // Read More

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3D Print Your Own

Now you can make your own iconic 70’s computer the Commodore PET 8032, thanks to Lorenzo Herrera. Follow the instructions through Herrera’s official website to recreate this retro computer using 3D printing and Raspberry Pi // Download



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