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 UC Berkeley and LLNL collaboration, lattice structured football helmet, additively built homes, and sand-based 3D printed floors.

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Real-Life 3D Printer “Replicator” From Star Trek

Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley have collaborated with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) on a 3D printing technology that can rapidly build an object out of liquid unlike traditional additive technology methods. Researchers have reversed the method of a CT scanner to 3D print an object from liquid polymers mixed with photosensitive molecules and dissolved oxygen—objects come to life all at once, not layer by layer using Computed Axial Lithography (CAL) // Watch Video

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3D Printed Football Helmet Liner

Carbon, partnered with Riddell, claim to have created the first 3D printed customized helmets with lattice structure using Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) technology. Each Riddell Speedflex Precision Diamond helmet is customized to a player using their “Precision-Fit” head scanning and helmet fitting process // Watch Video

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Additively Built Concrete Homes in Texas

Working in agreement with Russian-based 3D printer manufacturer, Apris Cor, the Sunconomy team in Texas claims to have developed an afforable 3D printed home able to withstand EF 5 tornados and 8.0+ earthquakes // Read More

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3D Printed Aircraft Inspection Robot

The EU-backed Complnnova project trialed their 3D printed aircraft inspection robot at Cranfield University last week. Based on electric air duct fans, the robot is equipped with force sensors to measure composite adhesion—structural inspection is currently done manually and accounts for 20% of overall costs // Read More + Short Video

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Prototype 3D Testing of Sand-Printed Floors

Block Research Group of Switzerland is prototyping sand-based 3D printed flooring to reduce material use and, in turn, the environmental impact of the construction industry. With a significant weight reduction of up to 70%, researchers claim that the additive material can withstand heavy loads that meet design code levels—get the PDF // Download



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