What connection does 3D printing have to a
19th Century German philosopher? How can 3D printing turn
virtual space-ships into a reality? How did 3D printing take
one Streamliner vehicle beyond 200mph?
This edition of 3D printing news Sliced
features stories from the Government of Hamburg, GoPrint3D,
Gravity Sketch, Nano Dimension, OMNI3D, LPW, Jugnoo, GEM
FITNIK, Print My
Manufacturing, Oak Ridge National
Laboratory, Star Trek Online, Mixed
Group, Bronco Combat Systems,
NASA, Create Cafe, Medecins
sans Frontières, PostProcess
Technologies, Imeco, Iris van Herpen,
Phoenix Museum of Art, Gucci, Makinarium, Dubai Roads and
Transport Authority, BoingBoing, Anatoly Dneprov, Nanyang
Technological University, Whitireia, and WelTec.
3D printing on the politicians’
Senator Frank Horch, Minister for Economic
Affairs in Hamburg’s regional government has announced that a
€30 million ($37 million) investment will include the
establishment of a 3D printing network in Hamburg. Centred
around Germany’s Fraunhofer Institutes, the network will
promote and support adoption of the technology among local
At the network’s launch in Hamburg’s Chamber
of Commerce, Horch
‘Schopenhauer once said: ‘Everyone thinks
the limits of their own field of vision are those of the
world.’ We must overcome these boundaries…we want to clarify
what Industry 4.0 and 3D printing mean for our industrial
production…SMEs in particular stand to benefit from 3D
The UK Government Chief Whip in the House of
Commons, Julian Smith MP visited the GoPrint3D head office in
Ripon, North Yorkshire, meeting the company’s apprentices and
witnessing the latest 3D printing technologies in
Rt. Hon. Julian Smith
MP at GoPrint3D. Photo via GoPrint3D.
3D printing moves to new continents
Following an agreement with South African
reseller EDA Technologies, Nano
Dimension‘s DragonFly Pro 2020 3D Printer will now
be available in Africa.
Poland-based 3D printer manufacturer OMNI3D has signed a deal with
reseller WL3D, part of the WorkLine Store brand, which opens up
OMNI3D machines to the Italian market.
“Italy is an important market for us. We have
a lot of inquiries from local Italian customers, so looking for
the reliable partner in that market was my priority in the past
quarter,” said Marek Starow, Export Manager at OMNI3D.
FITNIK, the 3D printing joint venture from
Germany’s FIT Additive
Manufacturing Group and Russian Research and Engineering
Company NIK Ltd., has officially commenced operations.
Initially set up in November 2017,
the strategic collaboration seeks to help increase adoption of
additive manufacturing across Russia.
3D printing funding, acquisitions and league
Gravity Sketch, a VR and
3D design software startup has raised $1.7m in a seed
fund round, following backing from London-based
Partners, San Francisco’s Super Ventures, and Japan’s
Wacom. The cash will be used to develop the immersive design
Beamler, a 3D Printing software provider,
announced that it has acquired Printr, the producer of an ERP
system for desktop 3D printers. This cloud-based system allows
engineers to access different 3D printers at the same time from
any computer through the cloud. The two companies will now
integrate their respective products.
LPW Technology, a manufacturer of metal powders for additive
manufacturing has ranked in the UK’s top national export
league, the Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100, for the
second year running, following a 30% increase in worldwide
export sales over the past 12 months.
handling at LPW. Photo via LPW Technology
New services and changes at the top
Fresh from announcing
successful Q2 financial reports, metal 3D printing
materials firm Carpenter Technology Corporation is to make
a series of leadership changes in accordance with its
long-term succession plan.
COO Joe Haniford will become Vice President,
Business Management Office while former CTO Mike Murtagh has
been appointed Vice President and Group President of Specialty
Alloys Operations (SAO). The search for a new CTO is
the company behind a transport and logistics app for local
auto-rickshaw services, is now the exclusive Indian re-seller
of Korea’s GEM Platform FFF 3D printers. The Chandigarh,
India-based company is also launching Printo, an online store
where custom 3D printed products and prototypes can be
Manufacturing, based in Princeton,
New Jersey, has released its a cloud software tool for 3D
printing. InventoryBot makes it possible to conceive, design,
prototype and manufacture all within a closed loop
My Part, a service bureau based in Ely, Cambridgeshire, now
accepts payment with Bitcoin, via secure online payment
Spherical quality of
Carpenter’s Puris titanium powder. Image via Puris.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ONRL) has won
four Excellence in Technology Transfer Awards from the Federal
Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC), a
nationwide network of more than 300 federal laboratories,
agencies and research centers.
Amongst the winners was ONRL’s
Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM), co-developed by and
licensed to Cincinnati Incorporated and Strangpresse. The BAAM
system is capable of 3D printing polymer and composite
structures at a scale 10 times larger and 500 times faster than
previous commercial 3D printing systems.
Record-breaking streamliners and camper vans
The Victory Motorsports team from Dale,
Wisconsin managed to break the Bonneville Salt Flats racing
record using a Windform SP NACA
duct 3D printed by CRP USA.
The 3.0-liter diesel powered Streamliner
driven by Burton Brown broke a long-standing record in its
class with a two-pass average of around 212mph.
world’s first 3D printed camper van, manufactured at the
Create Cafe in Saskatoon, Canada, has been completed after 230
hours, and it has been announced as the largest indoor 3D
print ever created.
Live long and prosper
Aerospace systems manufacturer Bronco Combat
Systems (BCS) USA, has launched the Bronco II C4ISR and
precision strike aircraft. The plane was built with rapid
digital prototyping, laser additive 3D printing, and a jig-less
manufacturing approach in a factory equipped for Industry
NASA has successfully tested its
RS-25 rocket engines at Stennis Space Center in
Mississippi. The rocket’s the engines were outfitted with new
3D-printed parts to reach “113 percent thrust level,” which is
13% above what the engines were designed to achieve 40 years
NASA and its contractor Aerojet Rocketdyne are
currently manufacturing new sets of RS-25 engines for future
expendable Space Launch Systems (SLS) vehicles for future space
Online, a web-based MMORPG from
Cryptic Studios and Perfect World, has partnered up with
integral software company Mixed
Dimensions in a 3D printing deal. Star Trek Online
users will be able to order custom 3D printed models of their
own personal starship, generated using Mixed Dimensions
GamePrint software, and painted by hand.
GamePrint model prior
to painting. Photo via GamePrint.
3D printing prosthetics in the conflict zone
A 3D-printing prosthetics clinic at a hospital
run by the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontières MSF, in
Irbid, Jordan is helping amputees injured in the fight against
ISIS and children from surrounding areas born with
3D printing technique allows the MSF team to
create simple upper limbs without moving parts, reducing the
costs of manufacturing advanced prosthetic limbs to
between $20 and $50.
Leif Bülow, a former Danish army soldier has
developed a 3D printing technology of producing various hand
prosthesis, including models with electrically driven
artificial fingers, and is one of many Danish nationals helping
Ukrainians in the current Eastern Ukraine conflict.
Events in regenerative medicine and implants
Regenerative medicine company Collplant, the
developer of rhCollagen technology for tissue repair
bioprinting applications, has announced that it has joined the
RegenMed Development Organization (ReMDO), an advanced
bio-manufacturing initiative for the development of a universal
3D printing BioInk.
Buffalo, NY-based PostProcess Technologies has
announced that it will provide a CENTI automatic
post-processing machine to Johns Hopkins
University’s Carnegie Center for Surgical
Innovation. The center 3D prints patient-specific organ models,
and the CENTI machine will remove support material from
Imeco, an Argentinian orthopedic implant
company, was able to provide a patient with a new 3D printed
hip thanks to the online Link3D On Demand platform which
enables its users to search and connect with a global network
of implant manufacturing service bureaus.
International Conference on 3D Printing in Medicine
will run from 4-5 May 2018 in Mainz, Germany.
3D printing makes heads roll
The work of Netherlands-based fashion designer Iris van Herpen
will be on display in a new show at the Phoenix Museum of Art
in Arizona, entitled, Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion.
The new show features many of van Herpen’s 3D
printed “New Couture” dresses, including some designed for
Icelandic singer Björk, and it is open to the public from 24
Feb to 13 May.
The Gucci Show at Milan Fashion Week 2018 was
elaborated by runway models carrying 3D printed versions of
their own heads. Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele
explained that the heads represented self-acceptance and
“looking after your head and thoughts.
The heads were manufactured by Makinarium, a
Rome-based factory of techno-artisans who produce bespoke
special and visual effects.
The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority, RTA
has taken part in the UAE Innovation Month with a 4 by 1.2
meter 3D printed logo of the “Year of Zayed.”
Gucci models at Milan
Fashion Week 2018. Photo via Reuters.
3D printing for learning and earning
BoingBoing author Jason Weisberger has
uncovered and shared several visionary short
stories from the 1950s by science teacher and writer
Anatoly Dneprov, which notably feature self-replicating
machines and 3D printing.
Technological University in Singapore (NTU) has opened The Arc, its second learning hub, which
features the institution’s Singapore Centre for 3D Printing
facilities. It will host research on printable electronics,
lightweight aircraft components, and 3D-printed medical
Two New Zealand tertiary educational
institutions, Whitireia and WelTec have opened Te Auaha, a new
creative campus which will offer students a Bachelor of
Creativity degree. The creative spaces at the institute will
include recording studios, photography facilities, and a
dedicated 3D printing area.
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Featured image shows a section of
the Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion
exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Photo via Brian