Today Sliced, our regular 3D printing news digest, features the latest educational innovations from the National Institute of Technology, Trichy, I-Form, the Advanced Forming Research Centre, the Beijing Institute of Technology and more.
From industry, we see how cutting edge 3D printing applications are underway at MINI, Rocket Labs and Kleos Space. There is also an update on the drones getting the attention of the United States Army.
Read on for this and other news including the U.N.’s perspective on additive and recent developments in 3D printed food.
Cooking up new ideas
A series of educational partnerships are boosting 3D printing innovation this week.
The Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, has enhanced its additive manufacturing capabilities in a CAD-for-CAM software supply partnership with Open Mind Technologies.
Research from Beijing Institute of Technology discusses the potential of 3D printed chiral metamaterials. The results of the study are available to read online in Scientific Reports journal. The paper is co-authored by Wenwang Wu, Dexing Qi, Haitao Liao, Guian Qian, Luchao Geng, Yinghao Niu & Jun Liang.
A school in Canning Town, London, is 3D printing dinners to encourage more students to get involved in STEM-related subjects.
And, in an extension of 3D printing’s culinary flair, Elzelinde van Doleweerd, a graduate of Eindhoven University of Technology (TUe) has partnered with Beijing’s 3D Food Company in an inventive way to make use of waste produce.
3D printing in the wider manufacturing industry
As the 3D printing industry awaits the main event of the second half of the year, formnext 2018, a number of relevant cross-industry shows are taking place throughout October.
From from October 9th to October 11th advanced manufacturing service provider CRP USA is showcasing the potential of Windform 3D printing materials for aerospace at Satellite Innovation 2018 in California.
Taking off in automotive and aerospace
3D Printing Industry Awards 2018 nominee Mini has launched a limited edition Cooper S GT Edition that incorporates 3D printed accents. Making use of the company’s MINI Yours Customised facility the car is available in a limited run of 150 cars.
And U.S. aerospace company Rocket Lab, after successfully reaching orbit with its 3D printed rocket engine in January 2018, has signed a contract with Luxembourgian satellite company Kleos Space. With Rocket Lab, Kleos Space aims to launch Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites on scouting missions for defense.
3D printing on the U.N. agenda
The United Nations recently published the World Economic and Social Survey 2018 focusing on technology’s ability to meet the organization’s goals for the next 12 years. In response the report Antonio Guterres, U.N. Secretary-General, said:
“frontier technologies — from DNA sequencing to 3D-printing, from renewable energy technologies to biodegradable plastics, from machine learning to artificial intelligence — present immense potential for the 2030 agenda.”
In other business news, Canadian 3D scanner provider Creaform has opened a new 3,000 square-foot premises in California. Jarrod Schmidt, National Sales Manager for Creaform USA, comments, “California is a global hub for technological innovation,”
“Our new location offers great customer outreach opportunities for our team across the United States, while complementing our corporate headquarters eastern presence.”
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