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Sandia Using Markforged Technology to 3D Print Diesel Fuel Injector Adapter

Funded through the US Department of Energy (DoE), national science laboratory Sandia National Labs has been working with 3D printing for some time now, creating solutions for applications in the…

University of Pittsburgh Receives $1M Grant to Study 3D Printing for Nuclear Components

There is a great deal of promise for the use of 3D printing in the nuclear power industry, but there are also a number of challenges. The parts required for…

ORNL Develops a New 3D Printing Material and Showcases Several Others

Lignin is a complex organic polymer that is an important part of the cell walls of many plants, making them woody and rigid. It’s also a 3D printable material, much…

LLNL Provides Update on Collaborative Research into Why Flaws Occur in Metal 3D Printing Processes

While the potential that metal 3D printing has to truly shake things up in the manufacturing world is great, it’s not without its faults. Many facilities are putting forth significant…

Ames Laboratory Researchers Use 3D Printed Manifold in Advanced Magnetocaloric Cooling System

The Ames Laboratory, a national laboratory with the US Department of Energy’s Office of Science and operated by Iowa State University, works to solve our world’s pressing issues with innovative energy…

All-Liquid 3D Printing Has Potential for Liquid Electronics Applications

Usually when we hear about liquids being 3D printed, we’re talking about liquid metal. But aside from 3D printed innovations only visible in water and using a 3D printer to…

Argonne National Laboratory Researching Metal 3D Printing for Improved Military Applications

The military has been enthusiastically exploring 3D printing applications in a number of areas, from 3D printed drones to submarine hulls. But perhaps the most intriguing applications of 3D printing…

Westinghouse Looks to Advance 3D Printing in the Nuclear Industry

Earlier this year, Siemens made history when it successfully completed the first installation and continuing safe operation of a 3D printed part inside a nuclear power plant. The part was a…

More Funds Awarded to University of Pittsburgh for Research Improving Gas Turbines with 3D Printing

There have been plenty of 3D printing research projects in terms of developing materials and products that can hold up under high temperatures, such as boron nitride nanotubes, 3D printer nozzles…

INL Researchers Use Hybrid Additive Manufacturing Process to Make Advanced Nuclear Fuels for Reactors

The Idaho National Laboratory (INL), part of the DOE‘s complex of national laboratories and the top laboratory in the US for nuclear energy research, development, demonstration, and deployment, has been involved…

R&D Tax Credits for 3D Printing HVAC Systems

3D printing has made its way into almost every sector and now began to do the same with the heating and cooling industry. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems…

Manufacturing Demonstration Facility’s New BAAM 3D Printer Gets a Multi-Material Upgrade

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to see a Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine in person. The BAAM in operation at Additive Engineering Solutions in Akron is…

IACMI Partners with Local Motors and ORNL to Develop 3D Printed Composite Materials for Automotive Manufacturing

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) was the fifth institute named as part of the Manufacturing USA network, which also includes America Makes and about a dozen other specialized manufacturing…

ORNL’s Project AME, First Fully Functional 3D Printed Excavator, Unveiled at Las Vegas Expo

There’s 3D printed Lego construction equipment…and then there’s Project AME, the first fully functional, full-size 3D printed excavator in the world. We have been following Project AME’s progress for nearly a…

ORNL Researchers 3D Print Permanent Magnets for Clean Energy Applications, Saving Time, Cost and Material

At this point, it’s no longer a surprise to hear that 3D printing something results in better performance, strength, etc. compared to traditionally manufactured equivalents. The fact that it’s no…

TPE TopCon: A Look at 16 Top 3D Printing Stories of 2016

Yesterday in Akron, Ohio was the 12th TPE TopCon event, a conference dedicated to thermoplastics hosted by the Akron Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and the TPE Special…

ORNL and Boeing Earn Guinness Book of World Records Title for Largest Solid 3D Printed Part

Few government-backed entities have innovated upon 3D printing technology as much as the Tennessee-based Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), which is the United States Department of Energy’s (DOE) largest national laboratory…

Step Inside Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory With Virtual Tours of Facility’s 3D Printing Labs and the World’s Biggest Laser

Some of the most interesting work being done with technology today takes place at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Located in Livermore, California, the researchers at LLNL have been responsible for…

Virginia Tech Researchers Use 3D Printing to Scale Nanotechnology Up & Harness Special Mechanical Properties

You would be hard pressed today to find a technology more versatile than 3D printing. Making significant impacts that span nearly every industry worldwide, whether you are considering dental 3D…

DOE Chooses GE Hitachi to Complete Massive Research Project Studying Use of 3D Printing in Nuclear Power Plants

The power of GE is so far-reaching and encompasses so many different divisions and entities that indeed it’s nearly impossible to keep track of all their often wondrous activities worldwide…

3D Printing Technology Plays Major Role in White House’s Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute Competition

This week, emerging technologies and breakthrough manufacturing techniques, such as 3D printing, are being thrust forth into the spotlight in Washington, D.C., as the Obama Administration is dedicating an entire…

Researcher at University of Pittsburgh Receives Over $1 Million Total to Research 3D Printed Turbines

Research in regards to 3D printing has again kicked into high gear at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering–and so has the funding. As some of today’s brightest…

Next to Nothing — Detecting Rare Particle Decay with 3D Printing

Physicists call it the Standard Model. It’s a theory which describes the best current understanding of the building blocks of matter and their presumed interactions.  But it’s discoveries well beyond…

3D Printed Power Inverters Soon to Meet or Surpass 2020 DOE Standards

Energy is so very important to our future. Conserving it, harnessing it, using it responsibly, and becoming more aware of its impact are the keys to energy’s future. The US…