Every Friday, we pick 3 of the week’s most interesting stories from the world of 3d printing.
If you want to understand how cars, planes, buildings and military systems will be made in the years ahead, check out the stories below — some that we published and some from other sources.
1. Construction Giant AECOM Set to Use Concrete 3D Printing
Another one of the world's top construction and project development firms has now made a commitment to concrete 3d printing. Los Angeles based AECOM has signed an agreement with WinSun, the Chinese experts on 3d concrete printing.
This follows news from a few weeks ago that Swedish based construction giants Skanska is developing
technology in house to use concrete 3d printing to build large scale objects.
2. US Air Force Looking to 3D Print Next Gen Mother of All Bombs
The next “Mother of All Bombs” will probably be smaller, leaner and lighter but will still pack a punch.
It’s what scientists and engineers at the Air Force Research Lab are working on as part of their next-generation munition concept.
Part of the Advanced Ordnance Technologies program, the bomb could be structured to be lighter by using 3D-printed reconstructed loads within the bomb instead of in the casing — plus distributed blast yields, said Dr. John Corley, the core technical competency lead for ordnance sciences at AFRL.
3. Canada Invests over $15 Million into University 3D Printing Lab
Government investments keep adding up at a cutting-edge University of Waterloo lab dedicated to additive manufacturing. On Wednesday, the federal government announced an $8.9 million investment in the university's Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing Lab; the province has already provided $6.2 million in funding to the lab.