All the latest 3D printing news from all over the world.
HP showcased its growth at its Innovation Summit in Barcelona this week. Highlights include multiple companies, including Protolabs, IAM 3D Hub, Materialise and ZiggZagg, upgrading to HP Multi Jet Fusion. While others are using the technology to improve their products and designs.
BMW and MIT's Self-Assembly Lab have collaborated to develop "liquid printed pneumatics", the first reported 3D printed inflatable material that can morph from one state to another and expand into any shape or function.
At the recently held Maker Faire 2018 event, the veteran 3D printer manufacturer Printrbot unveiled a range of new products, including the new Printrbot Play v2, a unique conveyor belt-style 3D printer kit for long prints and rapid single-object reproduction, as well as the Printrbot CNC v2 KIT.
The crash test dummy manufacturer Humanetics is using Markforged's 3D printing technology and Onyx carbon-composite material to produce dummies the resemble elderly drivers, helping them accurately reflect injuries that could occur in a real car accident.
Volkswagen, the German automotive manufacturing company, has unveiled its supercar, the I.D. R Pikes Peak electric, which will compete in the Pikes Peak International Hill climb in Colorado Springs next month. With only a short time-frame to develop the car, the team used 3D printing to prototype components.
The latest public artshow by Icelandic artist, Steinunn Thorarinsdottir features lifelike statues of armor that were only possible using 3D scanning and printing. The show, called ARMORS, runs all summer at Fort Tryon Park, Margaret Corbin Drive in New York.
ETSEIB Motorsport, the automotive team from the School of Industrial Engineering of Barcelona, is now using 3D printing to develop racing cars for the Formula Student competition.
Engineers at Rutgers University have created a 3D printed smart gel that walks underwater. It can also grab objects and move them.
In a pioneering operation, surgeons use 3D scanning and 3D printing to verify that a father's kidney would fit in his young son's abdomen before a live-saving kidney transplant.
The European Space Agency (ESA) is testing a 3D printer designed to work under microgravity and fabricate with engineering polymers featuring high end mechanical and thermal properties.
BMW has created a special-edition Mini to celebrate the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle. Boasting a hand-made graphic print and 3D printed details, the car will be auctioned off for charity.
A new experimental Ceramic Resin is a now available for the Form 2 from Formlabs, making ceramic 3D printing the most affordable and accessible it has ever been for engineers and designers.
Titomic, the Australian industrial scale additive manufacturing company, has launched what it claims is the world's largest metal 3D printer with a demonstration in its native Melbourne. The demo follows an MoU with Fincantieri Australia this week, which aims to evaluate how this technology can benefit maritime manufacturing processes.
The Relay is a safer alternative to smartphones created for parents worried about keeping in touch with their kids when they're out and about. Republic Wireless used 3D printing technology to speed up the prototyping process and develop new iterations of the walkie-talkie styled device.
Training company Building Momentum are using LulzBot 3D printers to train the US Marines in creative problem solving and innovation.