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3D Printing Adds the Fourth Dimension (Time)

Lauralyn McDaniel, SME Industry Manager, Medical Manager: Innovation Watch, SME Technology Interchange, Medical Manufacturing Innovations

7/1/2015

Designing and printing a device to change over time—4D printing—helped the University of Michigan’s CS Mott Children’s Hospital save three very young lives. Born with tracheobronchimalacia (TBM), which causes the windpipe to collapse and prevent breathing, all three faced what could have been a short, difficult life. Using a combination of medical and engineering skills, the Michigan team built a splint that would hold the airway open, prevent outside compression of the airway, and bend and change as the child grew. Full Article

From Machine Shop to Print Shop



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

7/2/2015

Some say 3D printing is a disruptive technology. For one company and its leader, it has been disruptive and transformational. In less than two years, for example, it turned the head of a traditional job shop into the CEO of a publicly traded additive manufacturing company. For Roger Janssen, owner of Key Manufacturing in Ferndale, WA, 3D printing was simply the answer to fulfilling a challenging customer order. Full Article

NewsDesk: At RAPID, Anticipation for 3D Printing’s Future



Edited by Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster

7/1/2015

The 2015 edition of SME’s RAPID Conference & Exposition (Long Beach, CA), while displaying 3D printing of the present, also presented anticipation for the future of additive manufacturing. “I’ve never been more optimistic about it,” industry consultant Terry Wohlers said during a speech on May 21, the last day of the show. RAPID 2015 attracted more than 4,500 attendees, up 30% from 2014. “It’s finally getting the attention and respect and investment it deserves,” Wohlers said. Full Article

German Additive Manufacturing Firm Opens New Headquarters in Connecticut



Press Release - Arburg

6/25/2015

Arburg's US subsidiary had two good reasons to celebrate on 16 and 17 June 2015: Together with 245 customers and guests, the company marked the 25th anniversary of Arburg Inc. and also officially inaugurated the new premises for the US headquarters in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. A high-ranking delegation from the parent company was on hand to join in the celebrations in the person of Managing Partner Michael Hehl, as well as Managing Directors Heinz Gaub (Technology & Engineering) and Helmut Heinson (Sales). Full Article

ExOne Qualifies Water Wash-out Tooling Process for Industrial 3D Printing Applications



ExOne press release

7/1/2015

The ExOne Company, a global provider of three dimensional ("3D") printing machines and 3D printed and other products to industrial customers, announced today the qualification of a new application for its additive manufacturing process, Water Wash-out Tooling, designed to aid in the development of manufacturing and composite tooling. Full Article

3D Printing Software Company Looks to Expand After UL Investment



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

6/22/2015

A company that produces 3D printing simulation software wants to expand after testing and certification company UL bought a stake. Full Article

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