3D printing to preserve dinosaur fossils; bringing back GoldenEye 007; metal powder production in China; 3D athlete tracking – all this and more inside today’s edition of Sliced, our 3D printing news digest.
3D print your own Golden Gun
Conservationists from the Birmingham Museums Trust have used 3D printing to replace some of the missing bones of a 250 million year old ichthyosaur skeleton. Similar techniques were used to recreate the right flipper of Hope the Whale, who now graces the entrance to London’s Natural History Museum.
Fans of the classic GoldenEye 007 Nintendo 64 game (and maybe also the Ian Fleming books, and later film franchise) rejoice as the infamous Golden Gun (capable of slaying opponents with a single shot) can now be 3D printed. The replica files were designed by Brian Moman (aka VariablePenguin) and are available to download from Thingiverse.
BCN3D Technologies and Danish custom footwear company Zoles have worked together to develop 3D printed insoles.
Corrective medical device manufacturer Crispin Orthotics has purchased a HP 4200 Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing UK based reseller Europac 3D. According to Mark Thaxter, Managing Director at Crispin, “Using 3D scanning and printing […] provides greater freedom on the design of products particularly those with complex geometry,”
“Having the ability to vary the thickness of the device in certain parts also allows us to produce devices not possible with current methods of manufacturing.”
And UK based engineering company Renishaw is now using its additive manufacturing technology to make custom Styli touch probes for its customers.
Titomic signs additive manufacturing metal powder MoU
In business, drone developer Apollo Robotics has become the latest addition to the Techniplas Open Innovation Program. Other companies on this roster include Nano Dimension, DWS, Sharebot, Nexa3D and ParaMatters, which joined at CES 2018.
Speaking of Nano Dimension, this Israeli 3D printed electronics manufacturer has expanded its reseller network to Czech and Slovak Republics through the appointment of AMTECH spol. s.r.o.
And Titomic, the Australian developer and provider of Titomic Kinetic Fusion (TKF) 3D printing technology, has signed a metal powder production MoU with China’s Sino-Euro Materials Technologies of Xi’An Co.
TraceParts publishes 120,000 models online
Wisconsin manufacturing software developer Throughput Consulting Inc. has launched a new program specifically suited to the requirements of additive manufacturing. Titled Bright AM, the platform handles part tracking from manufacturing through to delivery.
Engineering CAD file provider TraceParts and Swiss consumer electronics company TE Connectivity have announced the online publication of more than 120,000 electrical and electronic component files.
And, combining, cloud computing, and digital 3D meshes of the body, Intel and Alibaba Group have confirmed they are working on a technology to tack athletes and improve their performance.
Millions granted to establish Crownpoint Center for Advanced Manufacturing
The STANLEY+Techstars Accelerator for additive manufacturing and other related startups is back for a second year. Applications can be made here and will remain open until April 7, 2019.
Elsewhere, Navajo Technical University, in Crownpoint, New Mexico, has become the recipient of a $3.5 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. The funds will be used to establish an Center for Advanced Manufacturing, focusing on 3D modelling, simulation, additive manufacturing and post processing techniques.
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Featured image shows Sliced logo over an ichthyosaur skull. Original photo via Birmingham Museums Trust