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AMT Tech Report: Issue #230

Medical AM. NSF Invests in the Future of US Manufacturing. 3D Printed In-line Triple. 'Learning on the Edge.' Come See How Good I Look!
Oct 21, 2022

First get your facts straight, then distort them at your leisure.”

– Mark Twain

1. Medical AM

Sarah Goehrke knows a thing or two about additive manufacturing. Trust me. She was one of the SME contestants in AM4U’s “AM Jeopardy” at IMTS 2022, and let’s just say she kind of dominated. Check out Sarah’s take on how AM can create custom-made medical devices more effectively and efficiently than traditional manufacturing methods. Additionally, AM can create implants and prosthetics that are more comfortable and functional for patients – but I’m not a doctor, so don’t start sawing off body parts just yet. 

Read more here.

2. NSF Invests in the Future of US Manufacturing

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced that it is funding new awards for research and development in advanced manufacturing technologies. This will support the development of new technologies and processes that can be used to create high-quality, affordable products and improve the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing. 

Read more here.

3. 3D Printed In-line Triple

Wanna see some cool parts, bro? CHECK OUT “THE COOL PARTS SHOW”! Join two of my personal heroes Pete Zelinski and Stephanie Hendrixon as they venture into the world of AM parts to bring us only the COOLEST OF PARTS, BRO! In this episode, they showcase a three-cylinder drone engine made with metal additive technology. Have you ever heard the sonorous wail of a Kawasaki H1 Mach III? I bet it sounds like that, but instead of a motorcycle, this engine is for a military drone/UAV. Warheads on foreheads, baby! 

Watch here.

4. ‘Learning on the Edge’

You get one guess as to what this is about. Say it with me: “machine learning via edge computing.” Metrology, the study of measurement, is evolving and becoming more important as technology advances. It’s being used in fields such as nanotechnology, quantum computing, and medicine. People in metrology, QA/QC, and inspection face challenges such as the increasing complexity of measurements and the need for more accurate measurements. Check out how on-device learning eases these measurement challenges. 

Read more here.

5. Come See How Good I Look!

If I missed you at MTForecast 2022: Sorry! I was on an additive manufacturing panel doing what I love most: TALKIN’ TECH! SME liked it enough to quote me. The panel, which was broadcast as a webinar, touched on how AM has seen a boost in popularity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, when resourceful manufacturers used the technology to produce items like PPE and ventilators. This article discusses how AM is likely to see even more implementation in the future, as the technology becomes more affordable and accessible. 

Read more here.

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Stephen LaMarca
Technology Analyst
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