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March 21st, 2018

Oxford Performance Materials targets Asia after 3D printed medical devices approved in Japan

Oxford Performance Materials, a company whose materials have been used in everything from medical implants to Boeing airplanes, has been given the green light to distribute its 3D printed medical devices in Japan, paving the way for major expansion within Asia. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180321-oxford-performance-materials-targets-asia-after-3d-printed-medical-devices-approved-in-japan.html

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Desktop Metal files patent infringement lawsuit against Markforged, alleges trade secret misappropriation

Metal 3D printing company Desktop Metal has filed a lawsuit against carbon fiber 3D printing specialist Markforged. Desktop Metal, which received a major investment from Ford this week, claims Markforged unlawfully replicated DM-patented technologies on the Metal X 3D printer. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180321-desktop-metal-files-patent-infringement-lawsuit-against-markforged-alleges-trade-secret-misappropriation.html

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Air Force 3D prints game-changing high-temperature composite polymers

A team from the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) Materials and Manufacturing Directorate is working alongside NASA’s Glenn Research Center and the University of Louisville to develop high-temperature 3D printing composite polymer materials. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180321-air-force-3d-prints-game-changing-high-temperature-composite-polymers.html

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Utensil | One Robot That Does It All (T-shirts, Art & More)

Utensil is a wall-mountable, multifunctional robot that can use a variety of tools to make t-shirts, art, and much more. – [currently $2,437 (8%) of $30,000 goal] via Technology (latest) :: Kicktraq, http://www.kicktraq.com/projects/1657857542/utensil-one-robot-that-does-it-all-t-shirts-art-an/

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Texas motorcycle shop GT-Moto 3D prints production parts for custom bikes

GT-Moto, a custom motorcycle shop in Plano, Texas, is leveraging 3D printing technologies to streamline the design and development process for new and innovative motorcycles. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180321-texas-motorcycle-shop-gt-moto-3d-prints-production-parts-for-custom-bikes.html

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Livrea 3D printed yacht relies on specialized LEHVOSS thermoplastics, OCORE technology

Would you take to the seas in a 3D printed boat? Italian boat manufacturer Livrea Yacht is betting some people will, and is currently developing the world’s first 3D printed sailboat in partnership with German chemicals company LEHVOSS Group (and its parent company, Lehmann & Voss). via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180321-livreas-3d-printed-yacht-relies-on-specialized-lehvoss-thermoplastics-ocore-technology.html

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3D printable seaweed-derived material adsorbs pollutants with 94% efficiency

Researchers in Italy have developed a 3D printable recycled material that can actively cut pollutants in air and wastewater. Like the more expensive activated carbon, the new 3D printable material can capture particulate matter, and could be used in water filtration systems. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180321-3d-printable-seaweed-derived-material-adsorbs-pollutants-with-94-efficiency.html

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NASA develops LWDC 3D printing process for rapid fabrication of rocket engine nozzles

Engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama have developed and tested a new additive manufacturing technique called Laser Wire Direct Closeout (LWDC). The 3D printing method can be used to make rocket engine nozzles at a reduced cost in a shorter time. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180321-nasa-develops-lwdc-3d-printing-process-for-rapid-fabrication-of-rocket-engine-nozzles.html

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Chanel to produce up to 1 million 3D printed mascara brushes a month

Chanel Parfums Beauté, the cosmetics unit of the famous French design house, has turned to 3D printing for the production of an unlikely item: a mascara brush. In partnership with France-based Erpro 3D Factory, Chanel says it will begin manufacturing mascara brushes on an industrial scale using 3D printing. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180321-chanel-to-produce-up-to-1-million-3d-printed-mascara-brushes-a-month.html

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