AIRBUS A320 saving weight with 3D printed parts, EOS enters a three-year technical partnership with Williams, Gartner says 10% of people in the developed world will be living with 3D printed items by 2019 and Apple Tiptoes into the World of Color 3D Printers.
Earlier this month a partially 3D printed Airbus engine was tested and they are not just taking existing tools and applying them to their planes: Airbus is also experimenting with completely new manufacturing options. They have just developed a large ‘bionic’ partition for the A320 Airbus, that has been 3D printed in a new super-strong, lightweight alloy called scalmalloy, using direct metal laser sintering technology.
EOS announced that they have entered a three-year technical partnership with Williams Grand Prix Engineering and Williams Advanced Engineering. The partnership will provide Williams with direct insights into the latest AM technologies offered by EOS and it will serve both companies to jointly demonstrate the efficiency of Additive Manufacturing within the world of Formula One.
Gartner has just finished a very intriguing study on market expectations of 3D printing technology over the coming years. One of them is very intriguing: They predict 3D printing will be prominently present in both the healthcare and consumer manufacturing industries by as soon as 2019. They expect that 10 percent of people in the developed world will be wearing 3D printed objects in or on their body in just three to four years from now. Do you agree? Do you think you will have a 3D print in your body in the next years? Tweet your opinion to @authentise.
An Apple patent application published on Thursday reveals research on efficient and cost-effective full color 3D printing. Apple proposes a system that uses two print heads, one for depositing material and another for applying color. In some embodiments the color head is aligned in parallel with the material head on the same support bar, while other iterations place the color head on a separate side support. Both scenarios call for color to be applied while the material print head shoots liquid-to-solid material on a moveable platform. You can read more about it at Apple Insider.
To close our Week in Review, once again, we invite you to visit our Dev Team blog, Layer0. This week we share “Vim plugins and .vimrc settings we love“. If you like code, 3D modeling and 3D printing, Layer0 has a new blog post for you every Tuesday.