This week we've got Desktop Metal's new Studio System, a super-high-speed DLP printer, Live events, 3D Printed Valentines Chocolates, right here on Vision Miner 3D Printing News!

Based on the previously released Studio System+, the new System 2 is an office-friendly machine intended for low-volume prototyping and custom end-use production. Powered by the company’s proprietary BMD process, which is another type of FFF technology, using metal powder with a polymer binder in "rods". Retaining all of its predecessor’s key features, the Studio System 2 packs two quick-release print heads and a build volume measuring 300 x 200 x 200mm.

This new, totally unique system, combines photopolymerization with a six-axis robotic arm you might see used by an industrial DED 3D printer or in a conventional assembly line. As the robotic arm of the printer isn’t locked into exclusively building in the Z-axis, it can be used to dynamically transform each layer on the fly, pivoting the printing direction without having to stop or restart the print. Entire layers are 3D printed in one go, and there’s no delay between slices so the system operates on an ongoing rolling basis.

Markforged is helping a collaborative team take on the DARPA Subterranean Challenge. The project aims to develop fully autonomous robotic systems capable of traversing underground environments for planetary explorations. Named CoSTAR, the team is made up of 60 engineers from across the globe, from places like JPL, NASA, Caltech, and more. Using Spot robots from Boston Dynamics, the team needed to quickly design and produce extra components such as brackets and enclosures -- and they landed on 3D Printing. The team produced a 3D printed cage for the robot’s $7,000 lidar sensor using Markforged printers and the firm’s continuous carbon fiber reinforced material.

A U.S.-based startup called Neatsy AI is making use of the iPhone’s depth-sensing FaceID technology to predict comfortable sneaker fit for customers via 3D modelling. Neatsy uses a specially designed machine learning model to interpret the foot scans that users take and provide predictions for a comfortable fit across many different major sneaker brands like Puma, Nike, Jordan Air, and Adidas by scanning the insoles of sneakers

As we all could have predicted, North America’s largest 3D printing trade show has been rescheduled for Sept. 13-15, 2021, at McCormick Place in Chicago. It had been scheduled for April of this year, but the date was changed because of COVID-19. The 2020 show also was canceled due to the global crisis. RAPID, this time, will co-locate with FABTECH 2021, North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event.

That's right, if you really need a valentines gift, it's probably too late, but if your loved one is nerdy, who would turn down a late box of 3D Printed chocolates? Guy or girl, I think this is a winner. There are a variety of choices to choose from including Strawberry-Covered Chocolate Truffles, Bonbons and Broken Heart Puzzle Chocolate Shuffles.

The US Department of Defense has released its first-ever comprehensive additive manufacturing strategy which aims to establish a common vision for the use of 3D printing within the nation’s defense program. Additive manufacturing is also helping to increase material readiness for rapid prototyping and production of end-use parts, which in turn reduces the risk of obsolete hardware.


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