One of the advancements within the 3D Printing space, which could really expand on the applicable uses of the technology, is the 3D printing of circuits and wiring. Such technology, once perfected, would enable bas-1manufacturers and hobbyists alike to 3D print electronics in a single sitting.
Imagine a remote control call in which the wiring and circuitry are all printed into the device, without the need for assembly. This could one day, in the not too distant future, be a real possibility.
One man named Bas de Bruijn is trying to make this vision a reality, sooner rather than later. He has produced a machine, which he calls an ‘Additive Wire-Laying Machine’. What it does is lay down thin copper wire, just prior to an extruder placing melted plastic filament on top of it. In doing so, it creates an insulated copper wiring in practically any shape desired, and would be ideal for any of the following possible applications, once perfected, according to Bas de Bruijn.
- Printed circuit boards
- Flexible printed circuit boards (FPC’s)
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