Desktop Metal introduces new 316L Stainless Steel material for Studio System

With even Space X using it to build the body of its new Starship to Mars, Stainless steel is experiencing a revival. While advanced alloys can provide unique yet niche applications, stainless steels like 316L are extremely versatile and – perhaps more importantly – very affordable. That is particularly true if the material is used in a MIM-based filament for such as those supported by Desktop Metal‘s studio system. That is one of the reasons why the company, which is openly committed to making metal 3D printing more accessible, launched 316L stainless steel for its office-friendly metal 3D printing system for prototyping and low-volume production. A fully austenitic steel (300-series steels contain nickel to achieve austenite crystalline structure  and are not hardenable by heat treatment and  essentially non-magnetic), known for its corrosion resistance and excellent mechanical properties at extreme temperatures, 316L is suited for applications in demanding industrial environments, including salt water in marine applications, caustic cleaners found in food processing environments, and chemicals in pharmaceutical manufacturing. “The addition of 316L enables engineers to print me...

I am assuming the school run can be a stressful time for parents. Having to corral

I am assuming the school run can be a stressful time for parents. Having to corral young children early in the morning, presumably on little sleep, while also pretending to be a fully functioning adult who wears normal clothes in order to drop said children at school is really no mean feat. Add a hoard of photographers into that mix and, well, it’s a horrifying thought. So, I’m in no doubt that Kate Middleton’s ‘I’m casually dropping off my daughter for her first day at school’ outfit was not, in fact, thrown on. It was, I’m assuming, carefully selected – look at that blow dry! This means that the jazzy hoop earrings she wore were pre-meditated. A pair of jazzy hoops has become my favourite thing, sartorially-speaking. On days when time is not on my side and I can only struggle into jeans and a jumper before tying up my hair, only to still be running late, I’ve found they can make a basic, boring outfit into something that looks considered. As the Duchess of Cambridge today proved, they also add the finishing touch to a much smarter ensemble. Kate’s own earrings are, according to some over-zealous fan sites, from Asprey and c...