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Week in Review: Mar 16th to 22nd

Gartner says 65% of supply chain professionals to invest in 3D printing, eco friendly material system for binder jetting, and Boeing files patent to 3D print artificial “ice.”

According to a recent Gartner report, 65% of supply chain professionals are using or will invest in 3D printing over the next two years. “We found widespread acceptance of 3D printing which is having a near-term impact on supply chains,” explained Pete Basiliere, who co-authored the report alongside Mike Burkett.

They provided further insights to break down these findings. Of the 248 supply chain professionals from across various industries who were interviewed:

  1. 26% said they are currently using or piloting 3D printing

  2. 39% said they plan to invest in 3D printing within 2 years

  3. 25% plan to invest in 3D printing within 2-5 years

  4. and only 10% said they have no plans to invest in 3D printing within the next 5 years.

Want to learn more? 3Ders has the scoop.

Additive Elements introduced this week an ecologically friendly material for binder jetting 3D printing, right on target with concerns that manufacturers and consumers have globally due to materials made from fossil fuels or limited resources, toxic fumes emitted during printing causing health issues and expensive disposal procedures due to hazard.

Their new ‘material system’ is comprised of inert contents and commodities that are FDA approved. Not only that, but users will be able to look forward to recycling it in totality, with other ‘built-in parts’ being easily recycled also. According to Additive Elements, with the binder-jetting process, users are able to print volumes up to 4 meters in a single print, and they recommend the technology for applications in interior design, architecture, and furniture manufacturing.

The Chicago-headquartered aircraft manufacturer Boeing has showed no signs of cooling down either (pun slightly intended), having filed an application to the US Patent Office for their freshly developed process to 3D print artificial “ice.”

Ice buildups on aircraft wing edges can pose a substantial risk, such as aerodynamic degradation and increased risk of a fatal stall while in-flight and the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), among other international aeronautical entities, require certification that all new aircraft can safely operate in the iciest of situations. Makes sense now? tells you hoe Boeing wants to use their 3D printed ice to streamline the strict aircraft certification standards process at a greatly reduced cost.

Like always, we invite you to visit our Dev Team blog Layer0. This week we are talking about detecting circular shapes using contours. See you there!

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