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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World of instant electronic everything begins: Circuits can now be 3D-printed directly into electronic devices

FOR the past few months, a factory in China has been spitting out a new kind of smartphone. Inside each is an antenna that was 3D-printed directly onto the plastic housing.

It doesn’t sound like much, but this ability to print electronic components at the scale and speed required by the smartphone industry is new. It has the potential to usher in a world where sensors and electronics are embedded in everything around us. Continue reading “World of instant electronic everything begins: Circuits can now be 3D-printed directly into electronic devices”

“Printing Electronics: The future of paper” – Presented by Gael Depres, Arjowiggins

Today, with the emergence of printing electronics, it is now possible to print high quality, complex, and reliable circuitry directly onto the special grades of papers that Arjowiggins developed, named Powercoat. This paper has an exceptionally smooth surface, a high temperature resistance favorable for sintering of conductive inks, and is completely biodegradable. Continue reading ““Printing Electronics: The future of paper” – Presented by Gael Depres, Arjowiggins”

Integration with 3D-Printed Structures Will Play an Important Role in Developing 3D Printed Electronics

With the recent award of the $75 million grant for establishing the Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute as part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, we can expect the development of a roadmap toward high-volume manufacturing and deployment of products leveraging a more widespread use of flexible substrates. This coincides well with 3D printing’s ascent from being a process that predominantly served as a prototyping tool to being utilized for delivering production solutions. Continue reading “Integration with 3D-Printed Structures Will Play an Important Role in Developing 3D Printed 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)”

The Pi Tank – 3D Printed Open Source Smartphone Controlled Raspberry Pi Robot

We are finally beginning to see trends emerge within the desktop 3D printing space, and these trends are pointing in a direction of convergence between 3D printing and robotics. Thanks in a big way to a credit card-sized computer known as the Raspberry Pi, virtually anyone can create their own robotic devices. Continue reading “The Pi Tank – 3D Printed Open Source Smartphone Controlled Raspberry Pi Robot”