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Introducing Nikon AM Synergy, 3D Printing Service Morf3D Reorganized

Nikon Advanced Manufacturing, the U.S. subsidiary of Japanese tech leader Nikon, will reorganize its Morf3D subsidiary. Morf3D was a service bureau that worked for the most demanding clients in defense…

The US Air Force: Kings of 3D Printing

The US Air Force is currently one of the largest funding bodies in 3D printing. The amount of work that the Air Force is doing in 3D printing is simply…

Stratasys Invests in AM Craft for 3D Printed Aircraft Interiors

Latvian firm AM Craft announced a significant move at RAPID + TCT by partnering with additive manufacturing stalwart Stratasys (Nasdaq: SSYS). AM Craft, a service bureau with EASA Part 21G…

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Continuum’s New CEO Discusses Launch of Powder as a Service for 3D Printing

Continuum Powders, previously known as MolyWorks Material Corporation, has rebranded and appointed Rob Higby as its new Chief Executive Officer. Higby takes over from Phil Ward, who will now serve…

3D Printing News Briefs, June 22, 2024: Depowdering, Helicopter Cockpit, & More

We’ll take care of business first in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, as one of CORE Industrial Partners’ portfolio companies has made an acquisition. Aectual won an innovation award for…

Airbus Approves Serialized 3D Printing of Complex A350 Flex Shaft from Liebherr

With additive manufacturing (AM) collaboration dating back at least to 2017, Liebherr-Aerospace and Airbus have steadily deepened their relationship with regard to 3D printing flight-worthy parts. Most recently, the German…

US Air Force Designs and 3D Prints Drones with AI in Under 48 Hours

Task Force 99 is a small US Air Force (USAF) group based in Qatar, established “as an experimental unit” in October 2022. The group is part of USAF Central (USAFCENT),…

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AM & Trade Wars: China Imposes Export Controls on Aerospace and Defense Tech

At the end of May, China’s Commerce Ministry announced that, starting on July 1, the Chinese government will tighten export controls on certain hardware and technology vital to manufacturing in…

US Air Force Awards RapidFlight $10M for 3D Printed Drones

RapidFlight is a US-based startup that is quickly ramping up to make 3D printed drones at scale. We previously interviewed Director of Growth, Mike Uffelman, and boy, are these guys…

Aerospace Manufacturer CPP Relies on B9Creations 3D Printers for Turbine Part Production

Reflecting the continued evolution of digital light processing (DLP) expert B9Creations, Consolidated Precision Products (CPP), along with its subsidiary Poly6 Technologies, has designated B9 as its Global Additive Manufacturing (AM)…

Honeywell 3D Prints Ceramic Molds for Turbine Blades

Honeywell provides turbine propulsion engines for helicopters, business aircraft, and military trainers, and has been using additive manufacturing at its lab in Phoenix for over 15 years. It now produces…

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Anatomy of an AM Accelerator: Brookings’ South Kansas Advanced Manufacturing Case Study

The Brookings Institution, long one of America’s most prestigious think tanks, has released a case study titled, “Expanding South Kansas’ aerospace cluster into a resilient advanced manufacturing sector.” In the…

UAE Firm 3D Prints Drones with Resin

Though unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have always been popular for additive manufacturing (AM) applications, 3D printed drones are receiving increased attention more recently for their use as attritable weapons. In…

Aerospace OEM Invests $9.1M in Michigan for Metal 3D Printing and More

Barron Industries, a foundry based in Michigan specializing in serving the aerospace and defense sectors, has made a $9.1 million capital investment to expand its operations in Oxford, Michigan. The…

Interview: RapidFlight’s Drone 3D Printing Technology Takes Flight

Mike Uffelman is a former A-10 pilot who transitioned to business development for Textron, working on the Scan Eagle and the Boeing Insitu RQ-21 Blackjack. Both the Scan Eagle and…

Finnair Hires AM Craft to 3D Print Plastic Parts for Aircraft Interiors

Riga-based AM Craft, a supplier specialized in 3D printing aviation components and certified under EASA Part 21G, announced a significant achievement today. The company will assist in upgrading Finnair’s A320…

ARRIS Raises $34M for Composites 3D Printing from Bosch and Others

ARRIS Composites, a Berkeley-based supplier of parts made from composites using a proprietary production process, has raised $34 million in a funding round participated in by companies including Bosch Ventures…

RapidFlight Wants to Make Drones at Scale with 3D Printing

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine highlighted the effectiveness of small, inexpensive drones in destroying armored vehicles. Meanwhile, larger drones such as the Turkish Bayraktar played a crucial role in halting the…

3D Printing News Briefs, April 13, 2024: Robotics, Orthotics, & Hypersonics

In 3D Printing News Briefs today, we’re focusing first on robotics, as Carnegie Mellon University’s new Robotics Innovation Center will house several community outreach programs, and Ugogo3D is now working…

AMUK Welcomes Airframe Designs as British 3D Printing Industry Grows

While the UK is not the hub for 3D printer and materials manufacturers as other nations, the country continues to excel at the research, development, and application of additive manufacturing…

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Firestorm Gets $12.5M from Lockheed and Others to Automate Drone Production with 3D Printing

Firestorm Labs is advancing an initiative that has been a topic of discussion on our site for a while: automating drone swarm production. Drones are increasingly altering the landscape of…

Boom Supersonic Test Flies Demonstrator Aircraft

Boom Supersonic hopes to revolutionize air travel by reintroducing supersonic passenger flights. The company has amassed over $700 million in funding, with notable contributions from entities like Japan Airlines, and…

3D Printing News Briefs, March 23, 2024: AM in the US Coast Guard, Navy, & More

In today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, we’re discussing the use of 3D printing in various branches of the military, including the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy, and the German…

Cloud Platform for Metal 3D Printing Developed by German-Chinese Consortium

As software plays an increasing role in the workflow for industrial additive manufacturing (AM), we’re seeing such software-driven workflows formalized into secure, end-to-end systems. Typically, the go-to example is that…