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April 5th, 2018

Its Business Time: Rocket Lab readies its first fully commercial launch

Following a successful January “Still Testing” launch, US orbital launch provider Rocket Lab has confirmed it will open a 14-day launch window this month to conduct the company’s first fully commercial launch. The mission, named ‘It’s Business Time’, includes manifested payloads for Spire Global and GeoOptics Inc., built by Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180405-its-business-time-rocket-lab-readies-its-first-fully-commercial-launch.html

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MTC develops new simulation app to revolutionize additive manufacturing workflows

The Manufacturing Technology Centre, based in the UK, has developed a new way to simulate the performance of 3D printed parts. It's a more accessible app version of COMSOL sofware, enabling information to be shared across different disciplines, in order to optimize design and manufacturing workflows. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180405-mtc-develops-new-simulation-app-to-revolutionize-additive-manufacturing-workflows.html

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Digital Chaiselongue: Incremental3d and Philipp Aduatz 3D print innovative concrete chair

A collaborative effort between startup Incremental3d and Philipp Aduatz, both based in Austria, has led to the creation of some impressive 3D printed concrete sculptures. A concrete 'Digital Chaiselongue' and other pieces will be on display at an exhibition at this year's Milan Design Week. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180405-digital-chaiselongue-incremental3d-and-philipp-aduatz-3d-print-innovative-concrete-chair.html

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Russian scientists use nano-particles for new high-resolution laser 3D printing method

A team of researchers in Russia have successfully improved the two-photon lithography 3D printing technique, with the implementation of special nano-particles. These particles convert the laser's energy more efficiently, enabling a higher resolution and a faster printing speed. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180405-upconverting-nano-particles-used-by-russian-physicists-to-improve-laser-3d-printing-process.html

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US Air Force and HRL Labs work on additively manufactured materials for hypersonic flight vehicles

The U.S. Air Force is testing materials produced through ceramic additive manufacturing to advance their potential future use in hypersonic flight vehicles. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180405-us-air-force-and-hrl-labs-work-on-additively-manufactured-materials-for-hypersonic-flight-vehicles.html

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U.S. Army tests out 3D printer filament made from recycled battlefield waste

Military researchers have carried out research into using recycled PET plastics from combat sites as 3D printer filament. This would make it easier for units to use 3D printing on-demand in order to produce extra equipment for emergencies, instead of stockpiling spare parts. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180405-us-army-tests-out-3d-printer-filament-made-from-recycled-battlefield-waste-.html

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BigRep launches new PRO FLEX flexible filament for 3D printing

BigRep today released TPU-based 3d printing material PRO FLEX, a flexible material with engineering-grade properties for a various of applications. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180405-bigrep-launches-new-pro-flex-flexible-filament-for-3d-printing.html

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UNSW launches worlds first micro-factory for turning e-waste into 3D printer filament

At the University of New South Wales in Australia, a project has been launched that should contribute towards a reduction in waste from consumer electronics. The new micro-factory will convert discarded plastics into 3D printer filament, as well as finding valuable uses for metal waste and other elements. via 3ders.org, http://www.3ders.org/articles/20180405-micro-factory-for-conversion-of-e-waste-into-3d-printer-filament-opens-in-australia.html

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