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Better electric boats and ships

Better electric boats and ships

Naval Group and Centrale Nantes have printed the first demonstrator of hollow propeller blades by metal additive manufacturing as part of the European H2020 project, RAMSSES1. Funded by the European Commission, this collaborative program aims to reduce the environmental impact of ships.
3D Printing Progress
Jan 2, 2019
First full human 3D printed for radiation therapy research

First full human 3D printed for radiation therapy research

At just 1 year old, she is 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 15 pounds. She can hold 36 gallons of water for up to eight hours. She has a detachable head but remains faceless. Her name is Marie, and no, this is not her online profile.
3D Printing Progress
Dec 14, 2018
3D printing for Olympic athletes

3D printing for Olympic athletes

Celine and Sandrine Goberville are sisters and top-level French athletes competing in 10 meter air pistol shooting. They are both testing pistol grips made of Z-ULTRAT on Zortrax M Series Plus FDM 3D printers by Athletics 3D, a company headed by Clement Jacquelin, a former biathlete and sports equipment manufacturer.
3D Printing Progress
Nov 28, 2018
Fully 3D printed and functional electric motorcycle

Fully 3D printed and functional electric motorcycle

Designed by NOWlab, the BigRep innovation consultancy and printed on BigRep's large-scale 3D printers are two groundbreaking prototypes for e-mobility applications: the world's first fully 3D-printed and functional electric motorcycle, the NERA, and a bionic passenger seat, the Aero Seat. Advancing applications in AM are two other new prototypes, the Adaptive Robotic Gripper, designed for flexible handling applications, and the Omni Platform, a…
3D Printing Progress
Nov 26, 2018
BMW: A million printed components in just ten years

BMW: A million printed components in just ten years

At the BMW Group, the use of 3D-printed components is on the rise. Over the last decade alone, the company produced a million parts by this innovative method, and this year output from the BMW Group Additive Manufacturing Center is expected to reach over 200,000 components — a 42 percent increase on last year's total.
3D Printing Progress
Nov 23, 2018
IDTechEx TVFirst 3D-printed titanium wheel

First 3D-printed titanium wheel

HRE Wheels and GE Additive announced a partnership agreement and unveiled the first titanium wheel created using EBM technology. Known as "HRE3D+", this new prototype wheel shows what the future of wheel technology will bring and how advanced materials like titanium can be harnessed to create complex designs.
3D Printing Progress
Nov 5, 2018
Improving additive manufacturing for space missions

Improving additive manufacturing for space missions

Additive manufacturing presents a game-changing opportunity for the space industry to produce complex components with greater efficiency at a lower cost. However, the trial-and-error method currently used to create such parts with limited materials is not suited for components that would need to survive the harsh environment of space.
3D Printing Progress
Oct 11, 2018
Construction robot creates pavilion with stones and string

Construction robot creates pavilion with stones and string

A construction robot has created a pavilion using nothing more than loose stones and string.
3D Printing Progress
Sep 26, 2018
Airbus Helicopters to start large-scale printing of A350 components

Airbus Helicopters to start large-scale printing of A350 components

Airbus Helicopters has officially launched the production of latch shafts for the doors of A350 passenger aircraft using 3D manufacturing. The printed components are cheaper to produce and weigh less than their counterparts made using traditional means, thereby helping Airbus to offer ever more economical and environmentally friendly aircraft.
3D Printing Progress
Sep 24, 2018
Siemens Mobility to 3D print replacement parts

Siemens Mobility to 3D print replacement parts

Ability to rapidly and cost-effectively 3D print replacement parts and production tools on-demand eliminates obsolete parts and warehousing costs
3D Printing Progress
Sep 14, 2018
Volkswagen uses 3D printing for mass production

Volkswagen uses 3D printing for mass production

Volkswagen is the first automotive manufacturer using the latest 3D printing technology: the "HP Metal Jet" process simplifies and speeds up metallic 3D printing.
3D Printing Progress
Jan 2, 2019
First full human 3D printed for radiation therapy research

First full human 3D printed for radiation therapy research

At just 1 year old, she is 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 15 pounds. She can hold 36 gallons of water for up to eight hours. She has a detachable head but remains faceless. Her name is Marie, and no, this is not her online profile.
3D Printing Progress
Nov 28, 2018
Fully 3D printed and functional electric motorcycle

Fully 3D printed and functional electric motorcycle

Designed by NOWlab, the BigRep innovation consultancy and printed on BigRep's large-scale 3D printers are two groundbreaking prototypes for e-mobility applications: the world's first fully 3D-printed and functional electric motorcycle, the NERA, and a bionic passenger seat, the Aero Seat. Advancing applications in AM are two other new prototypes, the Adaptive Robotic Gripper, designed for flexible handling applications, and the Omni Platform, a…
3D Printing Progress
Nov 23, 2018
IDTechEx TVFirst 3D-printed titanium wheel

First 3D-printed titanium wheel

HRE Wheels and GE Additive announced a partnership agreement and unveiled the first titanium wheel created using EBM technology. Known as "HRE3D+", this new prototype wheel shows what the future of wheel technology will bring and how advanced materials like titanium can be harnessed to create complex designs.
3D Printing Progress
Oct 11, 2018
Construction robot creates pavilion with stones and string

Construction robot creates pavilion with stones and string

A construction robot has created a pavilion using nothing more than loose stones and string.
3D Printing Progress
Sep 24, 2018
Siemens Mobility to 3D print replacement parts

Siemens Mobility to 3D print replacement parts

Ability to rapidly and cost-effectively 3D print replacement parts and production tools on-demand eliminates obsolete parts and warehousing costs
3D Printing Progress
Dec 14, 2018
3D printing for Olympic athletes

3D printing for Olympic athletes

Celine and Sandrine Goberville are sisters and top-level French athletes competing in 10 meter air pistol shooting. They are both testing pistol grips made of Z-ULTRAT on Zortrax M Series Plus FDM 3D printers by Athletics 3D, a company headed by Clement Jacquelin, a former biathlete and sports equipment manufacturer.
3D Printing Progress
Nov 26, 2018
BMW: A million printed components in just ten years

BMW: A million printed components in just ten years

At the BMW Group, the use of 3D-printed components is on the rise. Over the last decade alone, the company produced a million parts by this innovative method, and this year output from the BMW Group Additive Manufacturing Center is expected to reach over 200,000 components — a 42 percent increase on last year's total.
3D Printing Progress
Nov 5, 2018
Improving additive manufacturing for space missions

Improving additive manufacturing for space missions

Additive manufacturing presents a game-changing opportunity for the space industry to produce complex components with greater efficiency at a lower cost. However, the trial-and-error method currently used to create such parts with limited materials is not suited for components that would need to survive the harsh environment of space.
3D Printing Progress
Sep 26, 2018
Airbus Helicopters to start large-scale printing of A350 components

Airbus Helicopters to start large-scale printing of A350 components

Airbus Helicopters has officially launched the production of latch shafts for the doors of A350 passenger aircraft using 3D manufacturing. The printed components are cheaper to produce and weigh less than their counterparts made using traditional means, thereby helping Airbus to offer ever more economical and environmentally friendly aircraft.
3D Printing Progress
Sep 14, 2018
Volkswagen uses 3D printing for mass production

Volkswagen uses 3D printing for mass production

Volkswagen is the first automotive manufacturer using the latest 3D printing technology: the "HP Metal Jet" process simplifies and speeds up metallic 3D printing.