Space-Based 3-D Printing Reaches Milestone

Mike Wall, SPACE.com: A 3D printer built by the California-based company Made in Space churned out multiple polymer-alloy objects - the largest of which was a 33.5-inch-long (85 centimeters) beam - during a 24-day test inside a thermal vacuum chamber (TVAC) here in Silicon Valley at NASA's Ames Research Center in June.

Voodoo Automates 3D Printing to Take on Injection Molding

Michael Molitch-Hou for Engineering.com: With Project Skywalker, Voodoo Manufacturing was able to automate an important part of its manufacturing process.

Toward additive manufacturing

Phys.org: Although additive manufacturing has been around since the 1980s, the technology has advanced rapidly over the past few years.

100x faster, 10x cheaper: 3D metal printing is about to go mainstream

Loz Blain for New Atlas: Desktop Metal's Studio System includes a fully-automated, office-friendly sintering furnace with fast cycle times and a peak temperature of 1400°C, allowing for the sintering of a wide variety of materials

How GE Appliances Built an Innovation Lab to Rapidly Prototype Products

Harvard Business Review: Midway through 2014, GE Appliances launched FirstBuild - a GE-equipped innovation lab and micro-factory - to augment the strengths of a long-established company with those of an entrepreneurial startup. Separation is the key.

The US Navy 3D printed a concept submersible in four weeks

Andrew Liptak for The Verge: The team began work in August 2016, and used a massive industrial 3D Pinter called Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) to manufacture six carbon fiber sections, which were then assembled into the 30 foot long vehicle.

New 3D Printing Technique Significantly Strengthens Materials

Kenny Walter for R&D Magazine: Researchers from Texas A&M University have strengthened 3D printed parts by applying traditional welding concepts to bond the submillimeter layers in a 3D printed part together.

AFRL researchers explore automation, additive technologies for cost efficient solar power

Phys.org: Solar cells can generate electricity in an environmentally friendly way, but current, complex fabrication costs make the technology expensive.

Desktop Metal gets $115 million investment in 3D printing technology

Andy Rosen for The Boston Globe: The company said the amount represents the largest private haul for any 3D printing company focused on metal. Desktop Metal has now raised $212 million since its launch in 2015.

3D Printing Will Make the Construction Industry More Sustainable

David Silverberg for Motherboard: Look at the past three years: In March 2017, Dubai construction firm Cazza said it plans to build the world's first 3D-printed skyscraper by 2020

Spider robots on the move for additive manufacturing

Stuart Nathan for The Engineer: Like several concepts in mobile additive manufacture, the Spider bots grew out of a concept to build bases for exploration on the Moon and other planets.

This NYC Startup Just Raised $5M to Make Manufacturing in America Viable Again

By AlleyWatch: Voodoo Manufacturing is a software-enabled 3D printing factory that works with major brands to produce high-quality products, prototypes and parts at scale.

3D Printing Objects on a Belt Just Became a lot Easier

JP Buntinx for The Merkle: The Printrbelt prints objects on the belt and then moves down the Z axis to get the object onto the surface below

New 3D Printing Method Based on Ultrasonic Manipulation Technology

Ultrasonic manipulation uses ultrasonic waves for handling of a wide range of components and materials, which potentially enables the creation of a more versatile 3D printers. Because of the non-contact nature of ultrasonic manipulation, particles and components with very different mechanical properties and shapes can be handled with a single ultrasonic manipulator.

Using 3d Printing in Education

Education should look to influence the future. If we provide students with technologies that are able to make seemingly impossible objects, we give them the potential to influence the future with a greater impact.

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