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 hair structures, replacement parts for trains, customizations for furniture, and guidelines for direct metal laser sintering.

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Hair Structures with Actuation, Sensing, & More

MIT Media Lab, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, says a team has created 3D printed (SLA) artificial hair with pixel-based geometry and a software platform, called Cillia. The Lab’s Tangible Media Group created the programmable hair at 50-micrometer resolution with various functionalities that include flow sensory to adhesive capabilities. Researches are learning the many ways 3D printed hair can be interactive and useful // Watch Video

Trains Maintained with Additively Made Parts

Berlin-based railway company, Deutsche Bahn, reports it has integrated 3D printing to its maintenance process with the Mobility Goes Additive project. The railway company can now 3D print parts on demand for hard-to-find older train parts. The team strives to achieve reduced train downtime when parts are needed, as well as less space required to store parts // Watch Video


More Accessible Ikea Furniture

Non-profit organization Milbat and Access have teamed up with Ikea Israel to create 3D printable parts which will help bridge the gap of existing products and people with special needs. The new project called This Ables already have 13 designs to choose from that will be compatible with Ikea furniture. Anyone can access the files to download and 3D print as needed // Read More

Synthetic Bioinks

Scotland-based Biogelx is preparing to commercially launch its first bioinks which aim to be applicable for 3D bioprinting applications. The company claims to have developed a synthetic peptide bioink that can tune in different ways such as the stiffness and adapt to different tissue types. The company is targeting more immediate applications in drugs but will keep innovating their technology for increase market opportunities // Read More

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Design Guidelines for Direct Metal Laser Sintering

Direct Metal Laser Sintering, or DMLS, fuses metal powder into a solid part by melting it locally with a laser beam. This presentation looks at Direct Metal Laser Sintering rules and how they affect the design of parts built using its process, and how to look  at the reducing cost and waste—get the 22-page PDF by // Download



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