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Change is Additive 3D Printing News Week 4/1/16

Change Is Additive—Week of 4/1/16

CHANGE IS ADDITIVE—A 3D Printing News Series by Fathom Atlas V Rocket, 3D Printing and VR Help Design Hospitals for Doctors Without Borders, 3D Printing Topography Used to Anticipate Landslides, Delivery by Drone, 3D Scanning Endangered Bird Species

With so many weekly developments in a fast-changing industry like additive manufacturing, the headlines can really stack-up. To cut through the clutter of 3D printing news, check out these staff picks of the week. What do you think is the most impactful development of the week?





Atlas V Rocket Launches with 3D Printed Parts, Carrying 3D Printer for Space Station

The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying a 3D printer to be used aboard the International Space Station. The Atlas V rocket is comprised of a number of 3D printed parts, including most of the ducting system in the rockets payload fairing. ULTEM 9085, the main material used in the 3D printed parts, is able to stand up to the extreme temperatures of a rocket launch  // Watch Launch Video



Doctors Without Borders Utilizing 3D Printing & VR to Rapidly Design Hospitals

The international medical non-profit Doctors Without Borders is using 3D printing and virtual reality apparati as new methods of design in planning clinics and medical care for dangerous areas. Organizational Technical Team Leader Elvina Motard  believe that  integrating 3D printing and virtual reality technology into their standard process can help cut precious weeks and even months off the design phase of large-scale projects / / DWB Hospital Design





3D Printing Topography Helps Prevent Landslide Deaths

Heavy seasonal precipitation combined with the mountainous topography of the Andes range regularly unleashes torrents of mud and rock into the towns and villages of Peru. 3D printing has been used to create testable components to increase survival rates for impact areas // Read More


3D Printed Drones Deliver to your Doortstep: Flirtey Makes History

In July 2015, Flirtey completed the first FAA-approved drone delivery in the United States, when a series of medical deliveries were made to a rural healthcare clinic. Last week, Flirtey achieved another first – the first fully autonomous, 3D printed, FAA-approved drone delivery to an urban area in the US // Read More





Scanning and 3D Printing Endangered Species

Companies like Threeding and Artec 3D are using 3D scanning and 3D printing to preserve and promote endangered species. The 3D data gathered from the scans will give veterinary students, biological and ornithology scientists and universities and scientific organizations rare and unprecedented physical access to these species without putting any real birds at risk / / Read More 

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Imagery and News Sources: Curbed, 3Dprint.com, 3Ders.org, SpaceRef.com, Mike Deep & Jared Haworth / Space Flight Insider

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