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3D Printing News Briefs, September 5, 2020

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In today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, the former CEO of Carbon has joined the faculty of a prestigious university. Moving on, a 3D printing whiz and Tel Aviv professor has received a major US accolade. Finally, 3DChimera has been chosen to participate in the US Air Force’s Advanced Manufacturing Olympics.

Dr. Joseph DeSimone Joins Stanford Faculty

Dr. Joseph M. DeSimone, Executive Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder, Carbon

Award-winning 3D printing industry pioneer Dr. Joseph DeSimone, who co-founded Carbon nearly seven years ago and has also spent thirty years teaching at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and NC State University, announced that he has joined the faculty at Stanford University. While Dr. DeSimone left his role as President and CEO of Carbon last year, he is still the chairman of the board for the company, which he plans to continue while at the university in California. He will teach as a professor in the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, the School of Medicine’s Department of Radiology, and the School of Engineering’s Department of Chemical Engineering, and will also be faculty member with the Molecular Imaging Program.

“Helping bridge these schools provides immense opportunity for new ideas and ways of translating research and discoveries into products that advance human health and well-being,” Dr. DeSimone said.

“We are already thinking about new ways to apply 3D printing to help babies with plagiocephaly and cleft palates and new ways to deliver advanced medicines and vaccines in a targeted fashion. We also want to examine the digital transformation in manufacturing, and what that means for supply chains and innovative products developed with the most revolutionary technologies out there.

“Being at the intersection of medicine and engineering, and joining research with efforts through GSB provides so much opportunity—this also includes connecting what we’re doing at Carbon with the talent and capabilities at Stanford to use 3D printing to advance what’s possible in medical technologies.”

Noam Eliaz Senior Member of National Academy of Inventors

Tel Aviv University’s Prof. Noam Eliaz with staff in his lab (Image: Greg Solomon/Fulbright)

Israeli 3D printing pioneer and self-healing cars visionary Noam Eliaz, a professor of materials science and engineering at Tel Aviv University, is the first non-American scientist to be named a senior member of the non-profit National Academy of Inventors. He believes that the accolade is an acknowledgment not only for his research in the “innovation ecosystem,” but also a “mark of respect for Israeli science” in general, and as confidence in his ongoing work, which will hopefully lead to new 3D printing applications. Eliaz runs a 3D printing center at the university, and is working to facilitate the use of more complex materials to print parts which combine multiple substances, such as a smart composite that can be used to print self-healing car and airplane parts.

“As inventors and entrepreneurs, our job is to constantly look for the next professional challenge and develop the new groundbreaking invention, for the benefit of society and technology,” Eliaz said.

3DChimera to Participate in Advanced Manufacturing Olympics 2020

3D printer and scanner provider 3DChimera is the only Florida company that’s been chosen to participate in this year’s Advanced Manufacturing Olympics, which is hosted by the US Air Force’s Rapid Sustainment Office. The company will compete in two technical categories, the first of which is the TDP Relay; this challenges teams to accurately recreate a 3D printed part from an existing Technical Data Package. For Approval Sprints, 3DChimera and other teams will need to speed up Government approval timelines by finding innovative qualification strategies for new components, materials, and systems.

“This competition plays to our firm’s strengths. We are all engineers by training and have spent nearly a decade acquiring deep technical expertise in advanced manufacturing, from the design, software, 3D printers, to materials. The fact that the U.S. Air Force is investing in this competition confirms our thinking – that advanced manufacturing is best used to solve complex and intricate problems where traditional manufacturing methods may not be well suited,” stated 3DChimera CEO Alex Hussain.

The Advanced Manufacturing Olympics is a free, virtual event held from October 20-23, 2020. Cash prizes will start at $40,000, and winners will be announced during the event.

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