A month of celebration – in May we held the first ever annual 3D Printing Industry Awards and hosted a gala dinner of esteemed guests including Siemens, 3D Systems, Ultimaker, Zortrax, Desktop Metal, Shining 3D, Markforged, Zortrax, Sinterit, HP, Dassault Systèmes, DWS, Autodesk, Polymaker and UCL.
Morgan Morey was also announced as the winner of the 3D Printing Industry Awards competition for his “Additive Man” trophy design incorporating a model from the Scan the World collection with low poly elements.
You can now get involved in the 2018 awards by nominating potential winners here.
May was also a big month for additive manufacturing in defence. The U.S. Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment Funds awarded a research consortium $1.5 million for the development of appropriate certification and qualification procedures for 3D printed metal parts.
The European Defence Agency commenced a project to asses the value of 3D printing in military operations at a new European Tactical Airlift Centre (ETAC) in Zaragoza, Spain.
Boeing and Aerojet Rocketdyne were signed up to complete design work of the DARPA hypersonic spaceplane aircraft.
And a team at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering, published a paper of interest to high-risk manufacturing describing a method on adding deliberate mistakes to .stl files as a means of security.
Then, in stories that took the industry by storm, 18 year old Rifath Sharook designed the “world’s lightest satellite,” and Northwestern University showcased the ability to 3D print functioning mouse ovaries.
Featured image shows a view of guests as they arrive in Chelsea Old Town Hall for the first annual 3D Printing Industry Awards, photo by Antoine Fargette for 3D Printing Industry.