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Rapid Ready Roundup: Nike, Solidoodle, Royalty, and Gummi Men

In the course of my diligent efforts to keep you good people up to date on the state of additive manufacturing (AM), I come across many interesting news items. I’ll gather them up every so often and present them in a Rapid Ready Roundup (like this one). You can find the last Roundup here.

Let’s start today’s Roundup on the right foot. Nike is using AM not only for prototyping, but to manufacture new shoes, specifically the brand new Vapor Laser Talon (VLT). The VLT (sounds like a sandwich) is a football cleat that has been optimized for the 40-yard dash, with selective laser sintered soles designed to help athletes keep the proper stride. Continue reading

Rapid Ready Roundup: DHS and 3D Printing, MakerBot Workshops, Time for a Watch, and Valentine’s Day

In the course of my diligent efforts to keep you good people up to date on the state of additive manufacturing (AM), I come across many interesting news items. I’ll gather them up every so often and present them in a Rapid Ready Roundup (like this one). You can find the last Roundup here.

Let’s start this Roundup with matters of national security. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has put out a request for information about AM, specifically in the realm of rapid prototyping. Along with NAMII, this is another positive sign the government is taking 3D printing seriously. DHS hopes to use rapid prototyping to assist research in multiple fields, including U.S. border and maritime security, chemical/biological defense, cyber security, resiliency and first responders. Continue reading