3D printing news Sliced Google, Robo 3D, Airbus and Stratasys

How is 3D scanning saving heritage sites? How can 3D printing
help survivors of human trafficking? Which city has the most
active 3D printing scene? All this and more in the latest
edition of Sliced including news from
Ultimaker, Renishaw, NASA and Identify3D.

Saving archaeological wonders, Electron rockets, and
celebrating Earth day

It is always interesting to see the ways 3D printing is
influencing popular culture. The latest trailer for upcoming
movie Hotel
features a short clip of actor Sterling K.
Brown 3D printing a gun. Besides the film’s questionable
portrayal of 3D printing, we’re looking forward to seeing Jeff
Goldblum play a criminal overlord.

is a company offering training in 3D printed jewelry
design for women and girls who have been trafficked and sold
into modern-day slavery.

Katherine Prescott, co-founder of the company, describes
the difficulties faced by survivors of trafficking, “They don’t
have a high level of skill or literacy skills, which means that
job opportunities are really low, and it’s through the search
of trying to find employment that many get taken advantage

Google and CyArk, a
non-profit established to ensure heritage sites are available
to future generations, are producing an archive of threatened
archaeological wonders.

CyArk was started by Ben Kacyra, after he witnessed the
Taliban’s televised destruction of Buddhist statues in Bamiyan,
Afghanistan. CyArk has primarily been using a combination of
photogrammetry and LiDAR 3D scanning to build images of
archaeological sites.

3D models of the Chichén Itzá created using a combination of photogrammetry and LiDAR scanning. Image via CyArk.3D models of the Chichén
Itzá created using a combination of photogrammetry and LiDAR
scanning. Image via CyArk.

Airbus, in cooperation
with Altran, an
industrial engineering consultancy, has won the
2018 Crystal Cabin Award
in the Material & Components
category for a 3D printed aircraft info panel. The Crystal
Cabin Award is the only international award for innovative
aircraft cabin products.

A report
from the Startup
and the Global
Entrepreneurship Network
is claiming that New York City has
the most active 3D printing community in the world. James
Patchett, president of the city’s Economic Development Corporation
said “New York City’s vibrant tech industry is booming with
record highs in companies, jobs and investment. There’s never
been a better time to expand or start a company in New York

Wondering what you can do to celebrate Earth
 on April 22? Robo 3D is running

competition in celebration of Earth day
. The
challenge, should you choose to accept it, it
to “come up with an idea for something we could make
and design that could help better this planet if we all united
together and 3D printed it.”

3D printed 'Screwable two-part globe earth in 3D by nathansquire67 on thingiverseCan we 3D print a
better world? 3D printed ‘Screwable two-part globe earth in 3D by
nathansquire67 on thingiverse

, a California-based aerospace
manufacturer, is pushing back the first commercial launch of
its light-class Electron rocket in New Zealand, to address
fuelling problems.
, the company announced that the team
“saw some unusual behavior with a motor controller.”

shoes are entirely 3D printed, using no glue or
stitching. In addition, each shoe can be customized to a
customer’s satisfaction on the
. “We realized that 3D-printing offered
advantages for footwear that went well beyond traditional
footwear. It’s an exciting opportunity to realize both a
totally new product and a circular retail concept.”

FUSED footwear, entirely 3D printed shoes. Photo via FUSED.FUSED footwear, entirely
3D printed shoes. Photo via FUSED.

F1 in Schools and new MakerBot and Stratasys

350,000 people descended on Washington, D.C., on April 6-8, for
the USA Science and
Engineering Festival
. Engineers from the U.S. Marine Corps
Systems Command (MCSC) took part in the three-day festival
promoting interest in STEM subjects amongst the event’s college
and high-school aged attendees. Karrin Felton, Engineering
Competency manager at MCSC said “Many kids think [STEM] is
boring or hard, but it’s a lot of fun. From [designing]the
material in a helmet, to 3D printing replacement parts, to
[information technology], there are so many opportunities for
them to use their talents, interests and creativity to make our
world better.”

MakerBot, that
already has it 3D printers installed inover 7,000 schools, has
launched a comprehensive

3D printing certification program for
. MakerBot’s parent company,
Stratasys, has also released a new certification program,
designed to fulfill industry needs in North America by bridging

skills gap in additive

An all-girl student team from Edinburgh, at the
made it through to the final of
“F1 in Schools” STEM competition
. The
competition culminates in a 20m track race, and is intended to
foster interest in science and engineering amongst students.
The team used CAD and 3D printing to design and produce their

Students from Linlithgow Academy celebrate getting to the final of the 2018 F1 in Schools competition. Photo via F1 in Schools.Students from Linlithgow
Academy celebrate getting to the final of the 2018 F1 in Schools
competition. Photo via F1 in Schools.

Advancing 3D printing in Singapore, 3D printed Moto2

Singapore’s National Additive Manufacturing
Innovation Cluster
 (NAMIC) and Maritime
Port Authority (MPA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding
to collaborate on the digitalization and advancement of
manufacturing in the maritime sector, specifically with 3D
printing. Kenneth Lim, MPA’s Director said “Singapore is
well-poised to leverage our R&D capabilities and serve as a
test-bed for 3D printing technology.”

Johnson Space Center
(JSC) has
In Space Inc.
(MIS) with their Small Business
Prime Contractor of the Year Award. MIS is a space
manufacturing company that has operated the Additive
Manufacturing Facility aboard the International Space Station
for the last two years. Mike Snyder, MIS co-founder, said
“We’re honored to win the prestigious award [and]grateful for
NASA’s confidence in our team and look forward to success with
AMF and other programs for many years to come.”

German specialty chemicals company Evonik Industries
has opened an Asia research hub in Singapore. The hub is
performing resource efficiency research with a focus on 3D
printing. It will also be working on tissue engineering for 3D
bioprinting. Harald Schwager, Deputy Chairman of the Board for
Evonik said “we are actively pursuing new opportunities to
boost our international R&D activities and the opening of
this research hub is a significant contribution to these

, a provider of metal 3D printers, has
delivered an Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) 110
system to
Global Research & Innovative Technology (GRIT)
facility in Kumagaya, Japan. The EBAM 100 features a dual
wirefeed configuration, allowing users to combine two metal
alloys into a single melt pool creating custom alloy

Identify3D, a
San Francisco-based 3D printing software company is
collaborating with
, a producer of metal 3D printers.
Identify3D will provide data protection and contractual and
manufacturing licensing for SLM’s 3D printers. This will secure
all data involved in the engineering phase, protecting SLM’s
digital IP, whilst providing traceability in the digital supply

UK-based engineering firm Renishaw has
renewed its sponsorship of the French Moto2 team,

TransFIORmers is the only Moto2 team to use 3D printing for
structural components. A 3D printed titanium “wishbone” forms a
crucial part of the bike’s suspension. Chris Pockett, Renishaw
Head of Communications said “In high-speed, high-performance
applications like Moto2, the America’s cup and even the
supersonic car, BLOODHOUND SSC, Renishaw’s additive
manufacturing expertise has allowed teams to maximise
performance and gain a competitive edge.”

TransFIORmers Moto2 bike, sponsored by Renishaw. Photo via TransFIORmers.TransFIORmers Moto2
bike, sponsored by Renishaw. Photo via TransFIORmers.

Customised mouth-guards, carbon fiber prosthetics

BASF and Essentium Materials subsidiary
TriFusion Devices
have used BASF’s Ultramid carbon fiber reinforced polyamide, to
produce 3D printed prosthetic leg sockets. Ultramid material
enables small adjustments in increments of around 2-3mm
throughout the life-cycle of the prosthetic, without weakening
it. Traditional sockets do not easily accommodate modifications
in the same way.

Dutch multinational DSM operating in
the fields of health, nutrition and medical materials, has
partnered with Dutch 3D printed mouth-guard producer,

The companies are creating 3D printed custom-made mouth-guards
on-demand. 3D scans of customers’ mouths are used with
and Mass
3D printers to create mouth-guards on
the spot.

3D printing mouthguards. Photo via 3Dmouthguard.3D printing mouthguards.
Photo via 3Dmouthguard.

New 3D printing survey from Filaments.directory

conducted by Filaments.directory,
the largest 3D printing materials database, has found a 217
percent increase in the number of professional 3D printer users
compared to 2016. There are many interesting findings in the
survey, including that men made up 92 percent of the survey’s
respondents, and 64 percent of users reported using 3D printing
primarily for prototyping. The survey results should only be
taken as a reflection of the Filaments.directory user-base,
though the results hint at broader industry trends and

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Featured image shows 3D models of the Chichén Itzá
created using a combination of photogrammetry and LiDAR
scanning. Image via CyArk.

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