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ASTM International Selects Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence Partner

Friday, May 18, 2018
ASTM International has announced that the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Ansty Park, Coventry, United Kingdom, is joining ASTM International’s Center of Excellence as its first non-U.S. founding partner.

The MTC, with more than 600 employees, helps bridge the gap between academia and industry by supporting R&D and training. It is home to the U.K.’s National Centre for Additive Manufacturing and hosts the European Space Agency’s Space AM Benchmarking Centre.

“We are thrilled to bring on board one of the world’s most exciting new leaders in additive manufacturing (AM),” says Dr. Mohsen Seifi, ASTM International’s director of global additive manufacturing programs. He notes that MTC’s proposal was one of the highest-ranked among dozens of proposals submitted last year.

“To be recognized by ASTM International for our AM capability and to be included as the first non-U.S. partner is a great honor,” says Professor Ken Young, MTC’s technical director.

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Ohio University Expands Additive Manufacturing Lab

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Ohio University Innovation Center (IC) and the Leveraging Innovation Gateways and Hubs Toward Sustainability (LIGHTS) program’s Regional Innovation Network recently acquired new design and product- development equipment for the business incubator’s Additive Manufacturing Lab.

The Additive Manufacturing Lab now includes new 3D printers, a mill and vacuum former thanks, in part, to an Ohio Development Services Agency Community Development Block Grant awarded by the Athens County Commissioners. The equipment complements the university’s Objet350 Connex from Stratasys, and is part of a broader plan initiated by university leaders to create more infrastructure to support manufacturing growth in Appalachian Ohio.

“We wanted to create an environment where entrepreneurial and innovative spirits can thrive,” says executive director of regional innovation Jennifer Simon. “The State of Ohio and the Athens County Commissioners support diversifying the local economy using new making methods.” For more, click here

AMUG Awards First Lifetime Achievement Award

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Paul Bates, AMUG president, presents the Lifetime Achievement Award to Thomas Sorovetz. Also shown is Suzanne Sorovetz, Thomas’ wife, and Jim Harrison, past president.
The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) has announced Thomas Sorovetz as the first recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award. Sorovetz, a casting engineer at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and AMUG’s event manager. Sorovetz was recognized for 25 years of service, hard work and dedication during AMUG’s 30th annual conference held this month in Milwaukee. Sorovetz is now the most honored AMUG member, being the only person to have received the group’s three most prestigious awards: President’s Award, DINO (Distinguished Innovator operator) Award and Lifetime Achievement Award. The latter, created specifically for Sorovetz, representing his passion for foundry work and includes his likeness, which was crafted from 3D scanning files.

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Medtronic Announces 3D-Printed Platform for Spine-Surgery Implants

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Medtronic plc, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, has announced the launch of its TiONIC titanium 3D-printed platform to enable more complex designs and integrated surface technologies for spine surgery implants. The announcement was made during the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) annual meeting in New Orleans, LA, earlier this month. The technology creates enhanced surface textures by utilizing a differentiated laser method. Compared with smooth materials, surface texture has been shown to increase osteoconductivity and promote bone response.3D printing allows for more intricate implant designs such as the honeycomb shape on Medtronic's recently launched spinal system.

"Surface advancements, like TiONIC, have emerged as a paradigm shift in interbody fusion implants," says Dr. Colin C. Buchanan, neurosurgeon at the Colorado Brain and Spine Institute, in Aurora, CO. "Implants utilizing newer surface technology can help stimulate a cellular response and gives me greater confidence that the patient will have a successful fusion."

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Renishaw Launches Additive-Manufacturing Guide

Monday, May 14, 2018
Additive manufacturing (AM) systems and software manufacturer/user, Renishaw, has launched a dedicated AM guide on its website. The company’s new information hub will educate and inform customers and the engineering community on the possibilities of additive manufacturing and its business impact using videos, case studies, feature articles, industry news and opinion pieces.

“We want to educate the industry on why to consider AM, when to consider it and what applications are suitable,” says Robin Weston, marketing manager at Renishaw’s additive manufacturing products division, Staffordshire, United Kingdom. “Alongside our knowledge of AM, Renishaw has expertise in precision measurement, machining and finishing. This positions us as the perfect partner for an integrated industrial additive manufacturing solution.”

To access the guide, visit