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America Makes Awards Up to $8 Million for Nine 3D Printing Research Projects

Senior Editor Bill Koenig

7/14/2015

America Makes, the 3D printing manufacturing institute, said this week it will award as much as $8 million for nine research projects. Full Article

3MF Consortium Signs New Members 3D Systems, Materialise, Siemens PLM Software and Stratasys



3MF Consortium Press Release

7/6/2015

The 3MF Consortium, an industry association recently launched to develop and promote a new full fidelity file format for 3D printing, today announced four new members. Full Article

Ford Integrates Virtual Reality and 3D Printing to Advance Manufacturing



Executive Editor James D. Sawyer

7/17/2015

What do you get when you combine full motion-capture video, 3D printing and immersive virtual reality software? Many, many things, it turns out. Ford Motor Co. is integrating these technologies to optimize how its employees assemble vehicles. Full Article

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

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