Seven Amazing Things Seen at ASME’S AM3D

Additive manufacturing kindles so much excitement because as much as we can innovate with it now, the future holds opportunities we can't yet imagine. The ASME AM3D conference gave a sneak peek into that future, and from the discussions to the exhibit hall to the student competitions, inspiring discoveries were found around every corner.

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A 3D-Printed Heart to Hold:

At the Stratasys booth, Leslie Frost showed off a 3D-printed heart made with three different materials, of different rigidities, all in one print. The printer functions similarly to an inkjet, with eight heads that print liquids that are then cured with UV light. This heart can be used by hospitals presurgery to prepare, which cuts down on the hours a patient spends under the knife.

Forward-Thinking Metal Components:

AM3D speaker Tuan TranPham of Arcam predicted that in five years, metal 3D printing would represent over 50% of the 3D-printing industry. While time will tell if that prediction bears out, Citim is seeing the demand for their additively manufactured metal components increase now. This piece is modified from a prototype to show how much complexity they can provide when their clients design for the process.

Behind the Scenes at the JFK Library:

At the joint IDETC/CIE/AM3D reception, attendees got to check out the historic JFK library after hours. In addition to providing a beautiful view of seaside Boston, the library kept its exhibits open so history buffs could check out artifacts from Kennedy’s remarkable life.