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CoorsTek to build $120 million Center for Advanced Materials in Golden

Emilie Rusch | The Denver Post

CoorsTek will build a $120 million research-and-development and manufacturing facility in Golden, the technical ceramics maker announced Monday.

The Center for Advanced Materials will consolidate and expand existing functions spread out among different facilities in Golden, a company spokesman said.

Researchers Invent Tougher Plastic

Oak Ridge National Laboratory | R&D Mag

Your car's bumper is probably made of a moldable thermoplastic polymer called ABS, shorthand for its acrylonitrile, butadiene and styrene components. Light, strong and tough, it is also the stuff of ventilation pipes, protective headgear, kitchen appliances, Lego bricks and many other consumer products. Useful as it is, one of its drawbacks is that it is made using chemicals derived from petroleum.

SME and 3D Technology Companies Scan Orion Model

Jason Rhian | Spaceflight Insider

On March 1, 2016, a model of NASA’s new crew-rated spacecraft, Orion, had some rather special images taken of it this past week. The vehicle was scanned; the images from which will be used to produce replicas of the new vehicle. The model that was used is located at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.

NASA and Made In Space are Building a Multi-Armed 3D Printing Space Robot Named Archinaut

Scott J Grunewald |

California’s space technology company Made In Space, currently preparing their second zero gravity 3D printer called the Additive Manufacturing Facility for the International Space Station, will be playing a key role in a NASA project that could completely revolutionize manufacturing in space. They will be partnering with Northrop Grumman and Oceaneering Space Systems on Archinaut, a 3D printer capable of working in the vacuum of space that will be equipped with a robotic arm. Archinaut is scheduled to be installed on an external space station pod and will be capable of in-orbit additive manufacturing, the fabrication and assembly of communications satellite reflectors or the repair on in-orbit structures and machinery.

XCOR Co-Founders Establish New Company

Jeff Foust | Space News

WASHINGTON — Three co-founders of suborbital vehicle developer XCOR Aerospace who recently left the company have established a new company, one that was inspired by some of the development challenges they faced at XCOR.

Additively Manufactured Cranial Implant Improves Quality of Life for Surgery Patient


Cranial implants need to meet many highly stringent criteria. In the case of an Argentine patient who required a particularly large implant after stroke-related surgery, the project called for a level of design that was as close to perfect as one can imagine: from the highest degree of precision and compatibility to the integration of biological functions.

Researchers Use High-Performance Computing to Drive Alloy Design

The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, FCA US LLC, and the foundry giant, Nemak of Mexico, are combining their strengths to create lightweight powertrain materials that will help the auto industry speed past the technological roadblocks to its target of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.

A.M. STATE OF THE ART: Experts Share Takeaways from Additive Aerospace 2015

October’s 3rd Additive Aerospace Summit provided a comprehensive view on the latest in additive manufacturing, as well problems emerging in the landscape as AM technology continues to advance. Featuring presentations on everything from 3D-printed drones, cars and sternums to increasingly lighter-weight alloys optimized for aviation, the event provided a unique insight into the diversity of applications covered by the AM industry.

Air Force Funds 3-D Printing Study for Rocket Engines

Mike Gruss | Space News

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force awarded the Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering a $545,000 contract to study additive manufacturing techniques to make cooling chambers for liquid rocket engines, according to a Nov. 4 press release from the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center.

Materialise 3D Prints Flight-Ready Parts for Airbus; Unveils Magics20 AM Software

Kira |

Materialise has made two big announcements at this year’s Formnext, which in its first day has already proven to be a hotbed of industry innovation. First, the company has announced that it will be manufacturing 3D printed, flight-ready plastic parts for Airbus through its certified Factory for 3D Printing; and second, its latest software release, Magics20, is now available, offering a new user interface and support for all current file formats, including voxels and .3MF.

3D Printed Water Could Be The Next Big Thing

Tina Casey | TriplePundit

The roots of 3D printing have been traced back to 1980, but only within the last couple of years has the technolgy flowered in a thousand different directions. In the latest development, engineers at GE Global Research are exploring a low cost way to desalinate water with a miniature 3D-printed turbine, similar to the giant steam turbines used to generate electricity at power plants.