A lot of potential for 3D printed electronics in the automotive field

3D printing is affecting the way engineers design in the automotive industry. The technology is already used in the industry, currently mostly for plastic and metal spare parts. Additive manufacturing has opened the door for newer designs, safer products, shorter lead times and lower costs. Moreover, it will be an enabler for the automotive industry to adapt towards the new smart mobility requirements.

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Researchers 3D print all-liquid material that could be used to construct liquid electronics (video)

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Researchers 3D print all-liquid material that could be used to construct liquid electronics (video)

Scientists from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a way to print 3-D structures composed entirely of liquids. Using a modified 3-D printer, they injected threads of water into silicone oil — sculpting tubes made of one liquid within another liquid.

They envision their all-liquid material could be used to construct liquid electronics that power flexible, stretchable devices. The scientists also foresee chemically tuning the tubes and flowing molecules through them, leading to new ways to separate molecules or precisely deliver nanoscale building blocks to under-construction compounds. Continue reading “Researchers 3D print all-liquid material that could be used to construct liquid electronics (video)”

Is 3D Printing living tattoos the future of electronics?

3D Printing living tattoos

Wearable tech is the name given to smart electronic devices that can be worn or implanted in the body. An enticing opportunity for innovative tech developers in sports, health, fashion and entertainment, 3D printing is revealing new possibilities for wearable tech such as electronic second skins, and smart fabrics.

In the latest research from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a team has developed a “living” 3D printer bio-ink that’s not only smart but could change the way we think about technology altogether. Harnessing natural reactions of bacteria, responsive devices made using this smart ink represent the basic build blocks of electricity-free wearable tech.

Made by members of the same team that made the soft-robotic, fish-catching glove, this 3D printable bio-ink adds to an extensive portfolio of smart materials in development at MIT. Continue reading “Is 3D Printing living tattoos the future of electronics?”

NanoDimension launches 3D printing electronics online service on-demand (Video)

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Multimaterial 3D printing is exemplified no better than in the area of 3D printed electronics. The ability to create printed circuit boards (PCBs) on demand has the potential to transform localized electronics production and prototyping from the the armed forces to consumer goods, and every industry in-between.

To meet a growing demand for rapid electronics production, Israeli inkjet printing and material development company Nano Dimension (TLV:NNDM) has launched what it terms “the world’s first 3D printed electronics online service.”

Circuitry to speed the product life-cycle
Nano Dimension’s proprietary DragonFly 2020 and DragonFly 2020 Pro 3D printers are installed at over 15 different locations, including Jabil, FATHOM, U.S. electronics company PHYTEC and anonymous users in defence, medicine and transportation. However, this is the first time that Nano Dimension will be directly offering PCB 3D printing as an on-demand service. Continue reading “NanoDimension launches 3D printing electronics online service on-demand (Video)”

Creating the Uber of Consumer Electronic Product Manufacturing – Presented by Senake Atureliya, Buzz Technology Limited

Senake Atureliya

Creating the Uber of Consumer Electronic Product Manufacturing – Presented by Senake Atureliya, Buzz Technology Limited at the 3D Printing Electronics Conference, which takes place on Jan 23, 2018 at High Tech Campus Eindhoven in The Netherlands.

Crowd funding has given us the Occulus Rift and VR, Pebble and the smart watch. Peer-to-peer marketplaces such as AirBNB and Uber have enabled people all over the world to unlock the value of their underused time and assets. In this talk, Buzz Technology will describe a solution with similar economic potential. Using robotic, 3D printing and a peer-to-peer development/production platform, they aim to unlock the creative, productive and commercial value of the crowd by enabling the overnight small batch manufacture of products incorporating electronics, actuators and batteries. The company are interested in speaking with investors and joint venture partners. Continue reading “Creating the Uber of Consumer Electronic Product Manufacturing – Presented by Senake Atureliya, Buzz Technology Limited”

Fraunhofer ILT’s LaserTAB Combines Welding, 3D Printing and Robotics

Fraunhofer ILT’s LaserTAB

Fraunhofer ILT’s LaserTAB Combines Welding, 3D Printing and Robotics

At the productronica trade fair in Munich this November, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT will be presenting Laser-Based Tape-Automated Bonding, LaserTAB for short. The experts from Aachen will be demonstrating how new battery cells and power electronics can be micro-welded more efficiently and precisely than ever before thanks to new optics and robot support.

Fraunhofer ILT from Aachen relies on a clever combination of robotics and a laser scanner with new optics as well as process monitoring, which it has developed itself. In focus is a new light-weight robot (LBR is German for lightweight robot) developed by Kuka Roboter GmbH from Augsburg. According to company statements, not only is the LBR iiwa, or “intelligent industrial work assistant (iiwa)”, the first sensitive robot to be manufactured in series, but it also helps man and robot work closely together. Continue reading “Fraunhofer ILT’s LaserTAB Combines Welding, 3D Printing and Robotics”

3D print your complete mobile phone to your requirements – Interview with Stefan Rink, Shapeways

Interview Stefan Rink

3D print your complete mobile phone to your requirements – Interview Stefan Rink, Shapeways

Turning today’s content into tomorrow’s products

Shapeways factories focus on scalability of the 3D printing ecosystem that enables people to create the final products they want. “With 10 million orders under our belt, Shapeways is at the forefront of leveraging the new ways consumers want to use 3D printing, moving away from individual parts and towards complete, finished products,” tells Stefan Rink, vice president of Shapeways. “We enable the hobbyists of today to become the business of tomorrow.”

As vice president at Shapeways and partner at Past2 QRM Consultancy, Stefan Rink has 25 years of executive experience in building construction, IT, solar and 3D-printing. Being an expert in Quick Response Manufacturing, Stefan globally accelerated Shapeways high mix, high volume production, resulting in the shortest lead times in the industry.

Shapeways is a creative community of makers, designers, and entrepreneurs using digital manufacturing (3D printing) to bring their ideas to the physical world. Designers can use Shapeways to manufacture products with complex designs in over 60 different high-quality materials and finishes—enabling people to expand their possibilities as makers. The Shapeways marketplace allows the creative community to explore entrepreneurship and inspire others to do the same. It’s also a treasure trove for discerning shoppers that value supporting independent designers.

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3D Printing Electronics on a Sticker (Video)

Printing Electronics

3D Printing Electronics on a Sticker– the application of printing technologies for the fabrication of electronic circuits and devices, increasingly on flexible plastic or paper substrates – have been around for a while. Printed electronics has its origins in conductive patterns printed as part of conventional electronics, forming flexible keyboards, antennas and so on. Then came fully printed testers on batteries, electronic skin patches and other devices made entirely by printing, including batteries and displays Continue reading “3D Printing Electronics on a Sticker (Video)”

Researchers develop magnetic ink that allows self-healing 3D printed electronics (Video)

magnetic ink

Researchers develop magnetic ink that allows self-healing 3D printed electronics. A team of engineers at the University of California San Diego has developed a magnetic ink that can be used to make self-healing batteries, electrochemical sensors and wearable, textile-based electrical circuits. Continue reading “Researchers develop magnetic ink that allows self-healing 3D printed electronics (Video)”