This is a segment of the website where we do a quick list of the week’s smaller stories. Generally, this refers to stories that we couldn’t do a full length article about. It also gives us the opportunity to identify wider trends in the weekly 3D printing news. This week we’re covering the 14th till the 20th of February.
Roland DG has expanded its operations. The company is planning to set up a subsidiary called DGSHAPE. This subsidiary was created to handle all of Roland’s 3D printing related operations. These operations include development and sales of 3D milling machines, 3D printers, engraving machines and photo impact printers.
First off, XYZ Printing has released four new products related to 3D printing. These include 2 new 3D printers, a new dual-colour filament and a UV curing chamber. XYZ unveiled its new line and announced that these products will available this month.
Also this week, Keyence showcased Agilista printer in Tokyo. “3D Printing Tokyo 2017” was a great chance for Keyence to unveil its new tech. Keyence has tended not to stray outside of Germany or Japan and is therefore a lesser known firm comparatively. The printer uses UV to cure materials on top of a platform.
Aeronautics and Aerospace on the Rise
This his been a big week for Aeronautics and Aerospace (with an honorary mention for medicine as well). We’ve mentioned Aerospace and 3D printing projects in the past. Similarly, the 3D printing of objects in space has captured the news feeds again. The first object was a proposition by a private citizen. It was the first ever item for a private citizen. The object in question was a gravity-meter meant to indicate to the astronauts when they’ve effectively escaped gravity. Another reason this is big news is that it is a significant leap towards solving one of the great problems of space travel. That problem being how to transport equipment. This solution allows scientists to create items on-board. Philanthropist Dylan Taylor was the one who commissioned the print.
The International Space Station also made waves in the news this week. The ISS had printed a work of art using on-board facilities. #Laugh is a collaboration between Israeli artist Eyal Gever and the California-based company Made In Space. The project utilised a composite representation of the sound-waves of about 100,000 people. The company printed this representation.
Another prominent story was GKN’s move to build a new facility. The aeronautics company is planning to bring more jobs to Bay county. The facility will employ 170 more people. Furthermore, the facility will be a boon to 3D printing and aeronautics development in Florida. Seeing as how, Florida already houses Cape Canaveral, the world-renowned spaceport, this new facility will be another feather in the cap of an already booming space industry in the region.
- Kubo and the 2 Strings Nominated for Visual Effects: The movie made extensive use of 3D printing, stop-motion and CGI. Kubo has been nominated due to its extensive use of multiple key technologies. The studio used the Connex3 printer for creating models used in the film.
- From the world of Medicine: UC students have developed 3D printed limbs for physically disabled children. What’s also great is that the printing cost just $20, by far making it cheaper than any alternative on the market. In other medical news, doctors in India 3D printed a new spine for a woman suffering from Tuberculosis.
- Dinosaurs, VR and 3D Printing?: Experts at Deakin University are planning to use virtual reality and 3D printing to create vivid simulations of dinosaurs. The aforementioned university, will use the technologies to print a model and the make it more realistic than ever using VR.