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March 27th, 2018

Relativity Space brings in $35M to expand 3D printed rocket tech, grow launch business

Relativity Space, the orbital launch company behind what could be the largest metal 3D printer on earth, has successfully raised $35 million through a Series B financing round led by Playground Global. The company says the added investment will enable it to further its manufacturing process for rockets. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180327-relativity-space-brings-in-35m-to-expand-3d-printed-rocket-tech-grow-launch-business.html

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Wohlers Report 2018: sales of metal 3D printers up by staggering 80%

Wohlers Associates, Inc. has released its annual Wohlers Report on the 3D printing industry, noting an 80 percent increase in sales of metal 3D printing systems and an overall 3D printing industry growth of 21 percent. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180327-wohlers-report-2018-sales-of-metal-3d-printers-up-by-staggering-80-percent.html

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3D scanning discoveries: mummy remains, Edinburgh Castle well, new Bronze Age site

3D scanning technologies are revealing all sorts of things this week: from shocking mummy discoveries, to the inside of a 700-year-old well in Scotland, to a newly uncovered Bronze Age site on Ramsey Island in Wales. Let’s see how 3D scanning and modeling have made these discoveries possible. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180327-3d-scanning-discoveries-mummy-remains-edinburgh-castle-well-new-bronze-age-site.html

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Pokémon lovers: make this 3D printed Cubone mask for your dog

Thingiverse user [Aolesin] has remixed a 3D printable Cubone mask so it can be worn by a dog. The brilliant Pokémon 3D print can be downloaded for free. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180327-pokemon-lovers-make-this-3d-printed-cubone-mask-for-your-dog.html

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Liquid 3D printing: Berkeley Lab scientists create complex all-liquid 3D structures from water and oil

A team of scientists from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has devised a 3D printing method capable of fabricating entirely liquid structures. The technique uses a special 3D printer to deposit “threads of water” into a base of silicone oil, and could be used for constructing liquid electronics and for chemical synthesis. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180327-liquid-3d-printing-berkeley-lab-scientists-create-complex-all-liquid-3d-structures-from-water-and-oil.html

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Volvo CE starts 3D printing spare parts, significantly reduces lead times

Volvo Construction Equipment, the construction equipment subsidiary of the Volvo Group, has introduced 3D printing in order to deliver spare parts to customers more quickly and efficiently. Parts 3D printed so far include plastic coverings and sections of air conditioning units. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180327-volvo-ce-starts-3d-printing-spare-parts-significantly-reduces-lead-times.html

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Materialise 3D prints Antwerp City Hall as part of huge municipal restoration effort

3D software company Materialise has put together a huge 3D printed model of Antwerp City Hall, a building from the 16th century. The company had to use its Mammoth Stereolithography 3D printers for the large-scale 3D printing project. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180327-materialise-3d-prints-antwerp-city-hall-as-part-of-huge-municipal-restoration-effort.html

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Frances 3D printed Yhnova house to welcome first residents this June

3D printed housing has really been gaining in momentum the past couple of weeks with the unveiling of New Story’s $4,000 3D printed home and the announcement of a 3D printed building in Milan. Now, just outside of the French city of Nantes, a 3D printed social housing project is nearly liveable. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180327-frances-3d-printed-yhnova-house-to-welcome-first-residents-this-june.html

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