28 Oct 2022

The Future of 3D Printing Technology, Additive and Advanced Manufacturing

On a plant-by-plant basis, additive and advanced manufacturing will create many high-skilled, high-wage jobs, but it is not a cure-all for the decades of job losses induced by decades of offshoring and outsourcing of the U.S. manufacturing and industrial base – with nowhere near the job creation that factories used to create in the U.S.  This is only one of many research and analysis questions we have been exploring in 2022 – questions that were top of mind when, earlier this week, the first White House Leadership Summit of the Manufacturing USA Innovation Institute Network was held at the White House  – along with a major policy speech earlier this month by the National Economic Council (NEC) Director Brian Deese on “Executing a Modern American Industrial Strategy” and the release by the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Manufacturing USA Highlights Report 2022.

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24 Aug 2021

ICON Lands More Than $200 Million To 3D Print Homes, Ramps Up For NASA Mars And Moon Missions

ICON, a 3D printed home builder, has raised $207 million in a Series B round led by Northwest Venture Partners, resulting in a total raise of $266 million. The company, based in Austin, began the second round of funding as a response to the sweeping housing shortage across the United

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23 Aug 2021

The Texas National Guard Just Unveiled the Largest 3D Printed Structure in North America

Earlier this week, the Texas Military Department opened a 3,800 square foot barracks that will soon be home to 72 soldiers or airmen at the Camp Swift Training Center in Bastrop, Texas. The entire barracks building was 3D printed with concrete and is the latest example of the US military

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08 Jun 2021

Relativity Space Raises $650 Million To Make Its 3D-Printed Rocket Competitive With SpaceX

Relativity Space, a company that is on a mission to create a 3D-printed rocket competitive with SpaceX, is on track to launch its first rocket by the end of the year after raising $650 million in a Series E venture round. The round was aiming to raise funds to accelerate

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29 Mar 2021

State AGs Seek Crackdown On 3D-Printed ‘Ghost Guns’

The debate over 3D printed “ghost guns” has intensified over the past several years as the technology becomes more accessible and the printing of 3D guns is more frequent. The technology has improved dramatically, and more firms are distributing 3D printers, resulting in an increase of individuals having them in

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18 Mar 2021

FDA Approves VA-Made 3D-Printed Hearing Device for South Carolina Veteran

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Veteran’s Affairs Department’s request to implement experimental technology, a 3D printed hearing device, in treatment for a 76-year-old veteran patient experiencing a rare form of hearing loss. The VA’s 3D printed device was created in collaboration with other entities and may

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06 Nov 2020

VA Makes Moves to 3D Print and Produce Medical Devices In-House

The Veteran’s Affairs Health Administration has been developing medical device manufacturing facilities within their hospitals in hopes of 3D printing medical equipment. The VA is aiming to personalize its patient care and steer the production of health-related instruments. Additive manufacturing solutions provider 3D systems announced on Thursday that it is

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15 Apr 2020

NIH, FDA and VA 3D-Printing Collaboration Turns to Ventilator Parts

A collaboration between the National Institute of Health, Food and Drug Administration, and the Veterans Affairs Department has already produced 12 different personal protective equipment (PPE) designs that have been approved for clinical use. The 3D printing partnership achieved this in just a matter of weeks, aiding healthcare workers on

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09 Apr 2020

‘Fake Fingerprints’ Bypass Scanners with 3D Printing

New research from Cisco Talos has shown that 3D printed technology can bypass fingerprint scanners used in Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft products. 3D technology can create “fake fingerprints” that can bypass popular scanners, however, it remains costly and time-consuming to produce. Researchers tested the models on mobile phones including the

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01 Apr 2020

FDA, NIH, VA Partner to Accelerate 3D-Printed Protective Gear for COVID-19 Response

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Veterans Affairs Department (VA), and the National Institutes of Health recently joined together to accelerate 3D printing and other advanced manufacturing technologies in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19. The collaboration is a Memorandum of Understanding that formalizes the process through

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