It was earnings season in the 3D printing industry and we
covered the financials of
Nano Dimension and
Sigma Labs. It will be interesting to see how the
projections made halfway through 2017 weigh up to end of year
reports due for release in January.
Small steps, big impact
Perhaps the most popular article in this period was a study
from University of California San Diego and Rady Children’s
Hospital discovering that, on average,
3D printing can help save up to $2,700 per operation.
A co-operative project from the University of Oxford and
University of Bristol developed a new and well-needed
high resolution 3D bioprinting method operating at
a scale below 200 microns.
In another microscopic 3D printing project, Brigham Young
University (BYU) researchers made
a first-of-its-kind microfluidic chip with features as
small as 18 μm × 20 μm.
Music to our ears: More lasers
an important step for metal additive manufacturing,
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) published a
comprehensive study of the spatter effect occurring in metal
particles of powder bed fusion (PBF) 3D printers.
GE Global Research, Senior Additive Technology Platform
Leader Waseem Faidi advocated a strategy for development of
faster metal 3D printers.
And to overcome the challenges of 3D printing copper, the
Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT) launched
“SLM in Green” project, replacing typically red SLM lasers
with a viridescent equivalent.
Featured image shows dvanced imaging of melt pool metrology
in metal powder bed fusion has been captured at
LLNL. Photo via Lawrence Livermore National