In this edition of our 3D printing news digest, Sliced, we will be slicing news featuring a wearable Exoskeleton Mask, a 3D printed dock for Apple Airpods, a 3D printed remote controlled plane, and GE investing in education.
3D printed charging dock for Apple AirPods
Apple recently released their much anticipated Apple AirPods and the bluetooth ear buds come complete with a handy charging case. However, while they have designed a case for charging the pods, they have not (yet) designed a dock to charge the case which charges the pods. In order to reduce this complicated pod charging procedure Thingiverse user Josh Butts designed a 3D printed dock. The lightning cable slips in the bottom of the 3D printed dock meaning the case can drop right in for charging.
Thermwood partnering with US Marine Corps
On a larger and more industrial scale, Indiana’s Thermwood have signed a partnership with the Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) East at the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina. The venture will be part of the Naval Air Systems Command and will be a two-year long project using Thermwood’s Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) machines and technology.
Full details of the partnership and what exactly they will be creating together is unknown at this point, but the FRC are known for their work in providing maintenance and engineering support for the Navy and Marine Corps among other military organizations. U.S manufacturers Thermwood have recently incorporated thermographic imagery into their LSAM machines in order to monitor and control heat during additive manufacturing.
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