How being open helps you and the AM community (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 95)

For some people, “Open” has plainly negative connectations. What open really means is for everyone to weave and participate in an environment that enables learning, interoperability and ultimately makes very much business sense – as we saw in Red Hat’s $33bn acquisition. The maker revolution started as a way to put 3D printing and other technologies in the hands of everyone, democratizing manufacturing and bring about a new wave of STEM pupils. FDM printers were the first but now all sorts of printing platforms are going open. In fact, being open enables businesses to embrace third party opportunities more readily and easily and ultimately brings greater value to the customer. We recently announced the support for the quoting capabilities of Prosper3D within our own platform, something that our customers can keep in mind when creating the best platform for their case. We need to share more of the cool work we do, otherwise most will never see the light of day. We have just closed a crowd-sourcing experiment with Fabbaloo inviting anyone to submit their best 3D printing application, and the most voted got featured in our playing cards deck! The community has so much to give.

The Oasis 3DP Brings Open Source Binder Jetting to Makers

The 2018 Hackaday Prize will soon be wrapping up, and as always, the contest has yielded some wonderfully innovative and promising ideas. One entry, submitted by Yvo de Haas, aims to make binder jetting accessible to everyone. Binder jetting, in which a liquid binding agent is deposited to bind powder particles together, is an effective method of 3D printing whose benefits include not requiring supports. It’s not a technology, however, that is typically accessible to the average maker.

Read more about it here.

A New Milestone for Open Additive Manufacturing Platforms

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Authentise, the leader in data-driven workflow tools for additive manufacturing, today announced a new partnership with Prosper3D, the provider of accurate quoting solutions for AM service bureaus, to give Authentise customers an even greater choice in tools to manage their workflow. As part of the agreement, Authentise customers will be able to access the Prosper3D quoting engines seamlessly through the Authentise Additive Accelerator interface.

Read the full press release here.

Highlighting The Best 3D Printing Applications

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Karen Linder shared with us this wonderful application of 3D printed designs that work in combination with engineered material properties. By restoring natural oyster habitats the environment will benefit from biological filtration systems, wave barriers and natural nurseries for fish and other marine life. Presently, 85% of the world’s oyster reefs are functionally extinct. The material employed is plastic-free and is optimized for better larval settlement, survival and growth. Karen’s entry has been voted as the best application on the round and will be included as a new card in the latest update to our playing cards deck.

Read more about it here.


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Space, the final frontier will need 3D printing to make it happen (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 83)

The space industry finds itself in the sweet spot of many advanced technologies, hoping to improve mission success by looking at its problems from all sides. 3D printing has already proved to be a powerful tool for these purposes, with its fast iterative cycles and outside-the-box manufacturing paradigm. What Airbus has been doing for its airplanes, Lockheed Martin is pushing beyond with 3D printed parts that can reach sizes just under 4ft, halving production time, costs and reducing weight. Still, it will be extremely expensive to launch humans to Mars or even the Moon in the near future. For that, we’ll have to rely on robots (with much lower maintenance requirements). By sending autonomous robots to another planet, they can be tasked to 3D print sustainable habitats for us in-situ, by sourcing local materials. Empowered by the digital thread, the designs for these habs can be experimented upon and reiterated, and contests are being created periodically to further improve those that, in a not too distant tomorrow, we could call homes.


Lockheed Martin 3D printed an impressive titanium dome for satellite fuel tanks

Lockheed Martin has just taken 3D printing to new heights, printing an enormous titanium dome meant for satellite fuel tanks. It’s the largest space part the company has 3D printed to date and measures 46inch  in diameter — just under 4ft.

“Our largest 3D printed parts to date show we’re committed to a future where we produce satellites twice as fast and at half the cost,” said Rick Ambrose, Lockheed Martin Space executive vice president. “And we’re pushing forward for even better results. For example, we shaved off 87% of the schedule to build the domes, reducing the total delivery timeline from two years to three months.”

Read the full article on Digital Trends.


Here’s What We Know About The Robots That Might Build Our First Homes on the Moon

Rovers may soon traverse the surface of the Moon yet again. This time, though, they’ll have one noble mission: to build shelter the first human colonizers will inhabit. A team of Japanese scientists is working to make this a reality. They started a company called ispace with the intention of launching a private space mission to the Moon. ispace envisions an entire colony, called “Moon Valley”, constructed not by human astronauts, but by robots instead. And they want to get started on it soon: the team is planning its first mission for late 2019, and a second in 2020.

Read the full article on Futurism.


NASA announces winners of competition to design 3D-printed habitat for Mars

NASA announces winners of competition to design 3D-printed habitat for Mars

NASA has selected the five winning designs in the latest stage of its 3D-printed Habitat competition, which include a community of modular pods made from the Martian surface, and a vertical egg-like container. The On-Site Habitat Competition invited groups to design a sustainable shelter for a crew of four astronauts on a mission to Mars, using construction techniques enabled by 3D printing technology.

Read the rest here.


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