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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Highly conductive 3D printable gallium alloy shows promise for flexible electronics

3D printable gallium alloy

Researchers in Oregon State University’s College of Engineering have taken a key step toward the rapid manufacture of flexible computer screens and other stretchable electronic devices, including soft robots.

The advance by a team within the college’s Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute paves the way toward the 3D printing of tall, complicated structures with a highly conductive gallium alloy.

Researchers put nickel nanoparticles into the liquid metal, galinstan, to thicken it into a paste with a consistency suitable for additive manufacturing.

“The runny alloy was impossible to layer into tall structures,” said Yiğit Mengüç, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and co-corresponding author on the study. “With the paste-like texture, it can be layered while maintaining its capacity to flow, and to stretch inside of rubber tubes. We demonstrated the potential of our discovery by 3D printing a very stretchy two-layered circuit whose layers weave in and out of each other without touching.”

Findings were recently published in Advanced Materials Technologies. Continue reading “Highly conductive 3D printable gallium alloy shows promise for flexible electronics”

Research team develops entirely textile-based, bacteria-powered biobattery

bacteria-powered biobattery

A research team led by faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York has developed an entirely textile-based, bacteria-powered biobattery that could one day be integrated into wearable electronics.

The team, led by Binghamton University Electrical and Computer Engineering Assistant Professor Seokheun Choi, created an entirely textile-based biobattery that can produce maximum power similar to that produced by his previous paper-based microbial fuel cells. Additionally, these textile-based biobatteries exhibit stable electricity-generating capability when tested under repeated stretching and twisting cycles.

Choi said that this stretchable, twistable power device could establish a standardized platform for textile-based biobatteries and will be potentially integrated into wearable electronics in the future. Continue reading “Research team develops entirely textile-based, bacteria-powered biobattery”

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”

Spotlight on 3D printed electronics niche market

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Spotlight on 3D printed electronics niche market

A pair of glasses which automatically turns to a darker shade when it sees too much of the sun, or one that sounds the alarm when the person wearing is in danger of falling asleep while driving. The 3d Printing Electronics Conference at High Tech Campus Eindhoven past Tuesday shed some interesting light on the developments and possibillities of 3d-printing.

The lenses are just one example out of a broad spectrum of innovations which are ready to be used thanks to 3d-printing. It is however, a rare one. The 3d-printed goggles –made at High Tech Campus Eindhoven– are a clear example of an innovation that is ready to go to market any time soon. Continue reading “Spotlight on 3D printed electronics niche market”

Multilayer 3D Printing Adds Conductive Properties to Fabric (Video)

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To Add Conductive Properties to Fabric Nano Dimension Uses Multiplayer 3D Printing. Nano Dimension Ltd., a leader in the field of 3D Printed Electronics, announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, Nano Dimension Technologies Ltd., has conducted a successful test for 3D printing of conductive traces onto a treated fabric in collaboration with a leading European functional textiles company. The test was carried out using Nano Dimension’s unique AgCite™ Silver Nanoparticle conductive ink and the DragonFly 2020 3D Printer platform. Continue reading “Multilayer 3D Printing Adds Conductive Properties to Fabric (Video)”

The first fully 3D printed LED’s really exist and they are out there!

3D printed LED'S

The first fully 3D printed LED’s do really exist and they are out there! Developing the capability to 3D print various materials could enable the free form generation of active electronics in unique functional, interwoven architectures. Achieving such a seamless integration of a diversity of materials with 3D printing is a significant challenge that requires overcoming discrepancies in material properties in addition to ensuring that all the materials are compatible with the process. 3D printing Quantum Dot LED’s: a myth or reality? Continue reading “The first fully 3D printed LED’s really exist and they are out there!”

US Department of Defense to Invest $75 Million in New Flexible Electronics Manufacturing Hub

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the seventh of nine new manufacturing institutes underway will invest $171 million in advancing next-generation flexible hybrid electronics manufacturing, fostering American leadership in manufacturing technologies from smart bandages to self-monitoring weapons systems to wearable devices. Continue reading “US Department of Defense to Invest $75 Million in New Flexible Electronics Manufacturing Hub”

University of Sydney Researchers Create First 3D Printed Fiber Optics with Desktop 3D Printer (Video)

Recently, we covered some exciting research being pursued by the University of Southampton relating to the use of 3D printing for the creation of uniquely shaped fiber optics. Though their technique will likely involve the selective laser sintering of pure glass powder, it has been brought to my attention by one 3DPI reader that Southampton’s project is not the first to unite 3D printing and fiber optics. Continue reading “University of Sydney Researchers Create First 3D Printed Fiber Optics with Desktop 3D Printer (Video)”