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”

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

fabric

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!”

Silver or copper? Simon Fried, Nano Dimension, speaks about inkjet printing

Simon Fried

Recently I caught up with Simon Fried, chief business officer and one of the founders of Nano Dimension, an Israeli start up that is targeting the market for printed circuit boards or PCBs.

The end goal for many people in additive manufacturing is not so much the ability to print individual components but rather to print a sub assembly or a whole object in a single process. Ultimately this also means being able to print the electronic elements of those objects, which explains why there is so much interest in Nano Dimensions. Continue reading “Silver or copper? Simon Fried, Nano Dimension, speaks about inkjet printing”

New Material that Can Store Digital Information and Be Printed onto Various Surfaces Could Revolutionise Printable Electronics

UNSW scientists have developed nanoscale ceramic cubes that can store data and be printed in a transparent solution onto a range of surfaces, providing memory for next-generation printable electronics.

Transparent ‘memory ink’ could have applications for printable electronics Continue reading “New Material that Can Store Digital Information and Be Printed onto Various Surfaces Could Revolutionise Printable Electronics”

3D Printer Gives You Fully Functional Electronics (VIDEO)

We’ve been telling you about experiments in 3D printed electronics since some of the earliest crude efforts, like the University of Warwick’s conductive plastic composite. That material can be used with low-cost, hobbyist 3D filament fusion printers to make working, functional personal electronics devices, although they weren’t much to look at. Continue reading “3D Printer Gives You Fully Functional Electronics (VIDEO)”

Graphene filament for 3D Printing becomes available

Graphene 3D Lab Inc.has announced that it has received and successfully assembled an industrial scale thermoplastic extruder line to be used in the production of conductive graphene filament. The equipment, which has a production capacity of up to 10 kg per hour of 3D printer filament, is now operational and has been tested for the production of specialty filaments. Continue reading “Graphene filament for 3D Printing becomes available”