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AMT Tech Report: Issue #157

A new generation of startups wants to disrupt the way houses are built by automating production with industrial 3D printers. 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, uses machines to deposit thin layers of plastic, metal, concrete and...
May 07, 2021

CAD belongs to the streets. 3D printing homes goes mainstream. Adding wall decorations with additive anchors. All that glitters is not stainless steel.


1. Printing Our Way Out of the Housing Shortage 

Oh snap! Looks like additive-made housing in the United States is trending its way across the country and into mainstream news! It’s not just for low-cost housing either, as there are many luxury aspects to additive homes. “The factory comes to you, imprints the house right where it intends to be. We chose that method to eliminate a lot of the shipping costs and then also to give ourselves a lot of design freedom.” 

https://apnews.com/article/health-technology-lifestyle-business-homelessness-5ae52b49708f2e29a4c5c2cbb7e1e09d 

2. Additive Anchors 

Let’s say you need to make a quick trip to the hardware store because you’re either mounting a TV or hanging some heavy wall art. What do you think are the chances that the product you need and thus are about to pick up were 3D printed? Doubtful, right? That could be changing soon! Well, the hardware parts might not be printed, and the parts might look different than you’d normally expect since additive’s rapid prototyping capabilities allow for the design optimization of conventional hardware! 

https://www.tctmagazine.com/spon-con/from-world-first-wall-plug-to-sls-3d-printer/ 

3. Stainless Steel Not-so-Basics 

This article was really fun for a nerd like me. I’ve done a ton of researching and web surfing on a plethora of different blade steels for pocket knives. The gist of the article is “not all stainless is created equal,” and machining one type can and will be totally different from another. Ask anybody who’s ever put a hair-popping edge on a 1095 blade and then tried to do the same thing to a blade constructed of CPM S90V. 

https://www.ctemag.com/news/industry-news/how-troubleshoot-holemaking-stainless-steel 


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Stephen LaMarca
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