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00:00 Episode 17 Intro
00:13 5-Axis 3D Printing
01:30 Desktop Metal Stock
02:52 Desktop Metal P-1 System
04:51 NASA Curiosity Rover
05:46 3D Printed RC SpaceX Starship @Nicholas Rehm
06:38 3D Printed Fashion
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07:45 3D Printing Boats
08:29 Question of the Week

Penn state researchers have developed a new process software for support-free 5-axis 3d printing. The program is driven by algorithms designed to automate the slicing process, leveraging the power of five axes submitted as part of her doctoral program under the supervision of Sanjay Joshi, a professor of industrial engineering.

After the Desktop Metal hit the NYSE a few weeks ago, Christmas Eve didn't look too good for the Additive Manufacturing Giant. On December 23rd, it filed a Form S-1 prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the sale of 3 million shares of stock, and the issuance of warrants to buy an additional 25 million shares.

Regardless, they're pushing forward, and the stock is still probably a good long-term hold -- on the same day, they shipped new P-1 systems to Ford and Cetim, the Centre Technique des Industries Mécaniques, in France, which is the first European institution to receive it, and the P-50 remains on schedule to begin volume commercial shipments in 2021. Created by leading inventors of binder jetting and single-pass inkjet technology, the Production System P-50 is an industrial manufacturing solution enabling production quantities of up to millions of parts per year at costs competitive with conventional mass production.

The Curiosity Rover was the first to use 3D Printing the Red Planet. It landed in 2012 with a ceramic part inside the rover - NASA has since continued to test 3D printing to make sure the reliability of parts is well understood. Using 3D printing allowed engineers to play with unique designs and traits, such as making hardware lighter, stronger, or responsive to heat or cold. Currently used as “secondary structures,” the Perseverance Rover's printed parts won't jeopardize the mission if they don't work as planned. So, 3D Printing is used mostly for instrumentation and tools, and you can find six other 3D printed parts in an instrument called the "Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment", or MOXIE.

Fabaloo did a great feature on a spacecraft replica: a Radio-Controlled SpaceX Starship Belly-Flop by Nicholas Rehm. This guy's YouTube channel is filled with his experiments with VTOL aircraft, biplanes and other strange drones. Most recently, he decided to replicate SpaceX’s highly unusual landing maneuvers. Rehm had to custom-design the software to properly control this unusual vehicle, and as you’ll see in the video, there were plenty of iterations required to work out the bugs.

Last week, the British Fashion Awards (BFA) chose to celebrate those who had created positive change in the industry. Rosalía, a Catalan singer wore a daring 3D printed dress, which is quite interesting-looking. We're seeing more and more of this type of thing -- the coolest part is that the entire outfit can be printed in a powderbed style printer, cleaned off, and worn. Valentines is coming up, so we'll see what's available coming in February....

3D Printing BOATS is also becoming a thing... In this case, the boat itself was 3D printed in one piece using industrial robot-based additive manufacturing, working with ABB for several years now. If you aren't familiar, ABB is known for making giant Robot Arms. This is the latest in a long string of projects that began a few years ago, when the entire marine and maritime industries finally began to open up to AM technologies beyond some basic prototyping.

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