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 robot gripper, collaborative 3D printers, an upcoming film by LAIKA, noise-cancelling ring, and using stock components with additively manufactured parts.

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Origami-Inspired Robot Hand

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University have developed a gripping tool for a robot arm, inspired by a previous robotic grip named Unimate. Bringing together 3D printing, a vacuum, and soft robotics, see how it can pick up a wide range of objects—even items as much as 100x its weight // Watch Video

Mobile 3D Printers

Ambots, an additive technology and assembly provider founded at the University of Arkansas, are focused on making robots (which are 80% 3D printed themselves) that work collaboratively together to 3D print objects. The goal is that these machines can move around an entire room to create dynamic parts // Watch Video


3D Printing with LAIKA

LAIKA is known for its 3D printing work in stop-motion animation such as Kubo and the Two Strings, and their new adventure, Missing Link, will again combine traditional artistry with additive technologies. Using the Connex3 3D printing technology by Stratasys, LAIKA will be using PolyJet to produce faces that capture the many different expressions (photo by Sarah Goehrke) // Read More

Noise-Cancelling Metamaterial

Mechanical engineers and researches at Boston University claim to have created a synthetic sound-silencing structured ring by way of 3D printing technologies. The muffler sound barrier ring can interfere with the sound waves, but not air, blocking 94% of noise. Some of the ideas to use this concept include blocking the sound of MRI’s, HVAC systems, or delivery drones // Read More

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Using Fasteners & Inserts with 3D Printed Parts

FATHOM Mechanical Engineer Alexei Samimi looked into how 3D printed parts can be used with a wide variety of traditional inserts and fasteners when additional strength or versatility is required. Samimi’s write-up includes external threads, helical inserts, press-inserts, twist-resistant press-fits, heat-set inserts, chicago screws, magnets, blind rivets, grooved clevis pins, thread-forming screws, thread-cutting screws, and more // Download



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