CHANGE IS ADDITIVE—WEEK OF 03/08/2019
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 spinal implants, material replacement for soldiers, upcoming additive manufacturing user group conference, and bio-based 3D printing of live cells.
Titanium Spinal Implants
Nexxt Spine, an Indiana-based manufacturer for spinal implants, is working with MTS Systems Corporation to develop additively manufactured spinal fusion implants. Making of the implants is possible through the complex details additive-based fabrication methods allow. 3D printed in titanium, these porous parts include micro-lattice structures designed to promote bone healing // Watch Video
Logistics for Soldiers
Soon, materials needed by soldiers could be 3D printed faster and more durably. At the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command’s Army Research Laboratory, in Aberdeen Proving Ground Maryland, researchers are focused on creating steel alloy parts from metal powder-based 3D printers. The laboratory claims to have made parts that are 50% stronger than commercially available applications // Watch Video
This Year’s AMUG Conference
It is almost that time of year! The Additive Manufacturing Users Group, which dates back to the early 1990s, will be held from March 31 to April 4 in Chicago.The users group is solely focused on the education and support of all users across many additive manufacturing technologies. This year’s featured speakers include Todd Grimm, Brad Keselowski, Gideon Levy, and Brian McLean (who spoke at FATHOM’s 2018 kick-off) // Read More
User Interface Panels for Aerospace
Leveraging Stratasys-based systems, Accreated Labs claims to be building 3D printed User Interface panels for the French Navy and for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Accreate reports that 3D printing with aerospace certified and FDA approved materials is enabling a cheaper, faster, and heightened customization of these mechanisms. The rocket with the User Interface Panels will voyage into outer space in 2022 // Read More
Bioprinting Live Cells
New research development with living materials by way of 3D printing claim to be successful in converting glucose to ethanol and carbon dioxide gas (CO2), a substance that resembles beer. Check out this technical write-up on how new live cell 3D printing consists of freeze-dried cells that favor long-term cell functionality. A variety of other microbes to address broad application needs are also being researched—get the 7-page PDF // Download
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