Additive Manufacturing

U.S. Energy Department Awards QuesTek $1.2M for Ultra-high Temperature 3D Printing Metals

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) awarded a $1.2 million grant to high-performance materials developer QuesTek Innovations. The funds will be used to design and…

ARTEMIS I Mission: NASA’s Orion Capsule Ready to Fly to the Moon

With NASA gearing up for its upcoming mission to the Moon, 2021 will be a big year for space news. Ramping up its ambitious plans to return humans to the…

Boom Supersonic Makes Parts for XB-1 Aircraft Using VELO3D’s Metal 3D Printing

Ever since the last Concorde razored the skies in 2003, there have been no attempts to create civilian supersonic aircraft that could cut fly time in half. But new jets…

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New Singapore Law Criminalizes Possession of Blueprints for 3D Printing Guns

Singapore moved to control digital blueprints for 3D printing guns or major gun parts, like barrels or trigger mechanisms. On January 5, 2021, Parliament passed a new Guns, Explosives, and…

iKAD Engineering Buys Arcemy Wire Arc 3D Printing Module for Large Pipe Manufacturing

West Australian engineering firm iKAD Engineering (iKAD) is betting on 3D printing technology for large-scale pipe manufacturing by acquiring a highly specialized robotic, dual wire feed Arcemy module from Australian…

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Stratasys Completes Acquisition of Open 3D Printing Startup Origin

3D printing global leader Stratasys announced it completed Origin‘s acquisition, a pioneering startup that develops open additive manufacturing (AM) platforms. The closing of the transaction comes shortly after its first…

NASA Successfully Tests 3D Printed Rocket Engine Parts

NASA‘s renewed efforts to return humans to the moon by 2024 has led to advances in new space technologies to improve processes, and reduce costs and development time. In early…

ROSATOM Launches its First 3D Printing Center in Moscow

Rusatom Additive Technologies (RusAT), a subsidiary of Russian nuclear technology state corporation Rosatom, launched its first Additive Technologies Center (ATC) in Moscow. The one-of-a-kind facility in Russia will be operating…

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Top 10 Space 3D Printing Stories That Made 2020 Unique

In a year dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, it seems difficult to look beyond the outbreak, lockdown measures, and serious consequences to the global economy. Time Magazine even declared 2020…

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2020’s Top 10 3D Printing Business Deals: From Pioneers to Startups

Looking back on 2020, it seems this unprecedented and tumultuous year has dealt a severe blow to businesses in every corner of the world. Even entire industries had to adapt…

Relativity Space Secures $3M NASA Contract to Launch CubeSats in 2022

The U.S. space agency’s Launch Services Program (LSP) has allotted contracts to three companies on December 11, 2020, to launch small satellites (SmallSats) to space, including CubeSats, microsats, and nanosatellites….

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Blue Origin: 3D Printed Lunar Lander Engine Could Take First Woman to the Moon

Throughout Blue Origin’s 20-year history, the aerospace manufacturer has taken steps to make access to space cheaper and more reliable by developing rocket engines, launch vehicles, and capsules that will…

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Redwire Successfully 3D Prints Ceramic Turbine Part in Orbit

Manufacturing turbine parts with additive manufacturing (AM) technology has helped accelerate product development, creating very complex and intricate part geometries without the need for any tooling. Aerospace companies have been…

Desktop Metal Announces Volume Production and Global Installations of its Shop Metal 3D Printer

Following a bleak 2020, impacted by challenging slowdown conditions due to the coronavirus pandemic, 3D printer shipments are starting to bounce back after supply-and-demand constraints made this one of the…

ESA Award: Dawn Aerospace to Develop Novel 3D Printed Combustion Chambers

Space launch provider Dawn Aerospace announced it had received €385,000 to develop an additively manufactured combustion chamber for high performance and high combustion pressure rocket engines. The company said the…

NASA Announces Collaborations to Advance 3D Printing Technologies for Space Exploration

In only four years, NASA astronauts are expected to land on the Moon as part of the space agency’s ambitious Artemis program that will use innovative technologies to explore more…

How Sustainable is Metal 3D Printing? AMGTA’s First Report Says “It Depends”

Two months after commissioning the first research project on the environmental sustainability of metal 3D printing, the Additive Manufacturer Green Trade Association (AMGTA), a global trade group created to foster…

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Formnext Connect: Aerospace 3D Printing Remains Resilient

This year’s digital edition of Formnext managed to gather the additive manufacturing (AM) community in an unprecedented event. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the leading exhibition transformed into a…

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Two Lasers Can Now Work on One Part: Premium Aerotec Certifies GE Additive Metal 3D Printing for Airbus

Airbus subsidiary Premium Aerotec will use GE Additive’s newly validated multi-laser Concept Laser M2 system to produce titanium components for the Airbus A320 airliner family. An aerospace supplier, Premium Aerotec…

Nexa3D CEO Avi Reichental on Growing Amid COVID-19 and the Future of 3D Printing

When it comes to venture investments and exponential technologies, serial entrepreneur Avi Reichental has created brands and reinvigorated digital manufacturing, helping shape the narrative of what people think when they…

3D Printing Financials: Stratasys Q3 Earnings Beat Revenue Expectations; Sales Still Down YoY

The 2020 earnings reporting season is drawing to a close after a year of government-ordered lockdowns to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, forcing global economies into a sudden…

Formnext 2020 Roundup: New 3D Printing Hardware, Materials and Partnerships

In a typical year, the Formnext event sees people travel from all over the world to Frankfurt for a four-day showcase, loaded with breakout sessions and networking events, highlighting the…

Formnext Connect: Nexa3D and Castor Announce New 3D Printing Material and Software

As the second day of the 2020 virtual trade show, Formnext Connect drew to a close, ultrafast polymer 3D printer manufacturer Nexa3D and 3D printing software company Castor announced new…

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12-laser Metal 3D Printer from SLM Solutions is 20X Faster than Competition

After months of work developing a new model of metal additive printing system, selective laser melting pioneer SLM Solutions finally introduced its NXG XII 600 machine during the 2020 Formnext…