Category Archives: DfAM

Sandia Labs apply design for additive manufacturing to build precision telescope

Using sub-par materials and inaccurate dimensions does not sound like the appropriate start to a precision engineering project. However, a team at Sandia National Laboratories has done just that, and made a functional telescope capable of “seeing” as accurately as one five times the cost. How did they do it? By leveraging the advantages of design […]

Bees put sting in Temple’s bioinspired 3D printed needle design

Design for additive manufacturing (DfAM) tools, such as generative design programs and topology optimization, are changing the way our world looks. Airplane parts are now more organic-looking, taking on the shape of thick vines overarching a space, rather than the conventional blocks and right-angels. And, seeking inspiration for new materials and devices, researchers are increasingly […]

INTERVIEW: Terry Wohlers on the 2018 Wohlers Report, explosive growth in 3D printing

The Wohlers Report 2018 was published last week. As in previous years, I caught up with Principal Author Terry Wohlers to learn more. The Wohlers Report is always eagerly awaited and regarded by many as the definitive guide to our industry. The vast amount of data provided has launched a thousand power-point presentations, and makes […]

FATHOM releases Crystallon, an open-source software for lattice-based design

Lattice structures are integral to 3D printed designs, and Aaron Porterfield, an industrial designer at additive manufacturing service bureau FATHOM, has developed Crystallon, an open source project for shaping them into structures. Working as a plugin extension for Rhino and Grasshopper3D modeling programs, Crystallon serves as an alternative to commercially available lattice design software, and its open […]

FATHOM releases Crystallon, an open-source software for lattice-based design

Lattice structures are integral to 3D printed designs, and Aaron Porterfield, an industrial designer at additive manufacturing service bureau FATHOM, has developed Crystallon, an open source project for shaping them into structures. Working as a plugin extension for Rhino and Grasshopper3D modeling programs, Crystallon serves as an alternative to commercially available lattice design software, and its open […]

3D printing generative design tool from Desktop Metal makes waves at SOLIDWORKS World

Award winning metal 3D printer developer Desktop Metal has announced Live Parts, a new generative design platform to help customers get the most out of additive manufacturing. Instead of working with known shapes or objects, Live Parts 3D software takes a more organic approach, and 3D models are “grown” from a set of predetermined factors, such […]

DNV GL publishes first class guideline for maritime additive manufacturing

2017 has been a standout year for additive manufacturing in marine and offshore operations. Desktop 3D printers can now be found in shipyard workshops and aboard rigs, where engineers use them to prototype and make tools and spare parts. However, it is the rise of metal additive manufacturing that has started to cause a real […]

nTopology CEO gives insight into generative design after raising $7.6M

New York based nTopology has raised $7.6M to enhance its generative design software. The funding round was led by Data Collective and Root Ventures. nTopology recently returned from exhibiting at formnext 2017. I caught up with Brad Rothenberg, nTopology co-founder and CEO, to learn more about how the funds will be used. “Formnext was awesome,” […]

Added Scientific address skills shortage with UK 3D printing courses

Added Scientific is an official spin-out of the Centre for Additive Manufacturing at the University of Nottingham, home to Xaar’s High Speed Sintering (HSS) process and a $28.6 million advanced manufacturing facility. For the first time since its incorporation in 2015, the company is delivering a program of 3D printing courses to the public, previously […]

Renishaw reports record turnover, outlook positive for additive manufacturing

Earning season for the 3D printing industry continues today with the UK’s Renishaw reporting financial data for the year ended 30th June 2017. Renishaw is a global technology company with core skills in measurement, motion control, healthcare, spectroscopy and manufacturing. During the reported period Renishaw introduced the RenAM 500M metal additive manufacturing machine, updated their […]