Proto Labs is awarding $100,000 in services per quarter to design engineers with a cool idea for a product and a 3-D CAD design. Winners can use their functional machined or molded parts for prototyping, design iterations, testing, or even an initial production run, says Brad Cleveland, CEO of Proto Labs, which is based in Maple Plain, MN. The goal of the project, which is being judged by company founder Larry Lukis is to encourage innovation.
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The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Optomec's third America Makes project for metal 3D printing teams the LENS process company with GE Aviation, Lockheed, and other big aerospace names to develop guidelines for repairing high-value flight-critical Air Force components.
A self-propelled robot developed by a team of researchers headed by MIT promises to detect leaks quickly and accurately in gas pipelines, eliminating the likelihood of dangerous explosions. The robot may also be useful in water and petroleum pipe leak detection.
Aerojet Rocketdyne has built and successfully hot-fire tested an entire 3D-printed rocket engine. In other news, NASA's 3D-printed rocket engine injectors survived tests generating a record 20,000 pounds of thrust. Some performed equally well or better than welded parts.
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