On this week’s episode: 



The DUTCH NAVY is using the new Pro 410 in their latest development, an AMCOD -- a mobile repair center inside a shipping container. They're using it to print many components, varying from high-quality engine parts to covers for the shower drain, from protective covers for rockets to weed filters for cold water makers. In environments where temperature can rise sharply, or in applications in which the part is subject to heavier mechanical stress, it requires 3D printing with advanced polymers such as Polycarbonate, PEEK, PEKK, ULTEM and nylon, often filled with carbon fibres. 



There's a few reasons ALL3DP thinks they're going to change the face of construction

  1. Faster construction
  2. Reduced Labor
  3. Lower Costs
  4. Unique buildings
  5. Higher Material Efficiency
  6. Situational Applicability 
  7. Major Investments
  8. Global interest



The 3D printed home will feature over 1,400 square feet of living space, plus a 750 square foot 2 ½ car garage on a ¼ acre. This home includes 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, and features an open floor plan. Built with concrete, this home will deliver strength and durability that conventional wood-frame construction cannot match. 



Prosthetics can cost anywhere from $5,000 to upwards of $50,000, becoming even more expensive when they’re custom fit, making production slow and costly. This is where 3D printing has proven to be an excellent alternative for manufacturing prosthetics. ALL3DP put together a great list. 



Meanwhile, in the medical sector, CARBON 3D is now working with Candid to 3D Print totally clear 100% customized dental aligners! In recent years, Carbon hasn’t held back on its industry partnerships, taking its DLS 3D printing technology into the realm of household brands. Back in October, the company partnered with sportswear giant Adidas to 3D print parts for the Futurecraft ‘STRUNG’ running shoes. 



A new company has re-imagined non-planar 3D Printing, along with multi-axis FDM -- instead of a robot arm, though, the head is actually angled at 45 degrees and has swivel motion. 



The Smithsonian has released THOUSANDS of 3D Scanned artifacts for you to download and print! With less than 1% of their collections being displayed at one time, the office seeks to find a way to showcase the more than 155 million objects and specimens, volumes, and archives. As part of this project, the 3D Program was formed. Though most of the collection comes from the Smithsonian Natural Museum of history’s vertebrate zoology mammals division, you can find artifacts from the national air and space museum, the American Art Museum, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture among others.



We've also got a new report from HP, showing that there is significantly increased interest in 3D Printing, globally!



Each trolley bus is connected to the power supply cable lines via a “Trolley Head”, which takes the current and mechanically guides the rods which are fixed on the bus’ roofs. Without a functional Trolley Head, the bus cannot operate. With no more spare Trolley Heads available on the market, and lead times of more than 12 months with traditional manufacturing methods. An SLM500 with 4 lasers from SLM Solutions Group was used for aluminum parts (AlSi10Mg Alloy) while the Fortus F900 FDM system from Stratasys was used for the plastic parts (in ULTEM 9085).



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