As the use and importance of additive manufacturing (AM) continues to grow, so does the value of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII). In the year since NAMII opened its doors in Youngstown, OH, the institute has added 80 members to its roster, and continues to foster innovation in the 3D printing industry.
NAMII has announced a new call for projects, with $9 million in funding available for multiple awards. Interested parties should contact NAMII by September 27, with a proposal deadline of October 31. Selected projects should get underway early in 2014. The projects will focus on five different areas related to AM. Continue reading
Additive manufacturing (AM) has entered the world of sports offering the same kind of flexibility in design that has made it such a success in other industries. The technology has been utilized to build snowboards, develop specialized equipment for Paralympians, and in the manufacture of customized shoes for football players. The Japanese Olympic fencing team has also seized on AM to increase its competitiveness.
In the 2012 Olympics, Japan managed to battle to the final bout in a sort of Cinderella story for the fencing world. Part of the team’s success rested with its coach, former instructor for the Italian team, and part with good, old fashioned hard work. The third component was custom hilt designs produced on an Objet350 Connex AM system. Continue reading
One of the first “big” news stories to catch the mainstream media’s attention was about a wrench built through additive manufacturing (AM). People just couldn’t get their heads around the idea that an object with moving parts could be built in basically one step. Time and the emergence of actual 3D printed oddities have faded recollections of the wrench from the public mind, but tool creation is still one of the strongest applications of AM.
A company named Roller Clutch Tools has gone back to the basics of AM and used the technology to build a new version of the venerable ratchet. Called the “New Ratchet 3rd Generation”, or NR3G for short, the wrench has a patented design that employs compression rather than sheer to tighten or loosen nuts and bolts. Continue reading
3D printing with the ProJet HD 3000Plus helps Buttercup the duck get a new foot.
Editor’s Note: We told you briefly about how a duck became a bit of a celebrity after receiving a 3D-printed prosthetic foot, but now guest author Jacqueline Troutman of 3D Systems brings you the whole story.
If you had asked Mike Garey a year ago if he ever thought he would be getting calls from Australia asking for help with injured animals, he probably would have laughed politely and looked a bit confused. Yet that’s exactly what has been happening. A Tennessee-based software engineer, Mike Garey recently and unwittingly stepped into the international animal-lovers’ spotlight for fashioning a prosthetic duck foot using 3D printing technology, a big heart, and the curiosity to see what was possible. He has since received an influx of interest from media, pet-owners, and animal specialists worldwide, asking for his attention and help with animals from dingoes to ferrets, and everything in between. Continue reading
Some of the most exciting breakthroughs in additive manufacturing (AM) don’t revolve around the newest 3D printer to hit the market. Nor do they revolve solely around the properties of the newest material. Simplifying and expanding on the manner in which materials can be used have the potential for the greatest impact on the industry.
Researchers at MIT have developed two new methods for dealing with multi-material objects built with AM. These projects are named OpenFab and Spec2Fab. OpenFab offers a “programmable pipeline” for the actual printing process, while Spec2Fab focuses on simplifying the composition of a multi-material object. Continue reading