Moving on to June 2018 – 3D printing strengthened its position in the automotive industry and we took on the Ocean’s 8 diamond heist.
Within the 3D printing trifecta, materials started to take on a hold, and would continue to trend throughout trade shows and product announcements in the latter half of the year.
Soft and metal-multimaterial 3D printing
In terms of social media shares, one of the the most popular 3D Printing Industry articles for June 2018 was a write-up of a Washington State University Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS) project. By experimenting with this technique from Optomec, a group in the WSU School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering succeeded in 3D printing multimaterial metal components joining copper with superalloy Inconel 718.
Staying with the materials trend, Carnegie Mellon University‘s materials characterization algorithm also proved popular this month. Named “Expert-Guided Optimization,” this method from the CMU College of Engineering is capable of calculating the perfect parameters for 3D printing soft materials like hydrogels.
Medical modeling on demand
Music to our ears
Through a collaboration between Canadian violin maker, Charline Dequincey, additive manufacturing network Canada Makes, and Winnipeg’s Industrial Technology Centre, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra commissioned the production of eight functional 3D printed instruments.
The four 3D printed violins, two violas and two violoncello da spallas, were played at a public event on 4 November 2018.
And, to mark the release of the “blockbuster” Ocean’s 8 film (which gained a “lukewarm” response from critics, potentially due to its questionable application of technology) we challenged several industry experts to to replicate a diamond necklace using consumer-grade 3D printing and scanning technology.
Secrets from additive manufacturing in automotive
As an often reserved industry, automotive additive manufacturing announcements usually make waves across the industry. This month, the Lansing Delta Township assembly plant of American multinational vehicle manufacturer General Motors shared a $300,000 cost saving due to 3D printed tooling.
And finally, an electric vehicle development venture between We Solutions, and Shanghai Alliance Investment announced that Divergent 3D node-based additive manufacturing technology would form a central role in a new car production plant.
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Featured image shows 3D printing a capillary structure using Prellis Biologics’ holographic technology. Clip via Prellis Biologics.