Photonics is leading the LED technology revolution

LED technology

Photonics is leading the LED technology revolution

High resolution screens for smartphones, tablets and TV’s
Photonics plays a vital role in today’s consumer electronics. High resolution flat-panel displays and screens for smartphones, tablets and TV’s require extremely complex and high-precision manufacturing. Current laser technology is reaching its limit in fulfilling those requirements. Many photonics companies focus on innovations in laser technology, such as ultrafast lasers, which is crucial for the continued manufacturing and cheap production of these sophisticated consumer electronics. Continue reading “Photonics is leading the LED technology revolution”

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

liquid electronics

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)”

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”

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)

NanoDimension

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)”

3D Printing Electronics Conference welcomes Watify as Exhibitor

Watify

3D Printing Electronics Conference welcomes Watify as Exhibitor

About Watify
WATIFY is an awareness-raising campaign funded by the European Commission to support the EU efforts to stimulate the modernization of Europe’s industry by boosting European SMEs technological transformation, and supporting Europe’s regions to translate their smart specialization strategies in the areas of digitization and Key Enabling Technologies into concrete projects. Continue reading “3D Printing Electronics Conference welcomes Watify as Exhibitor”

Here comes the “Uberisation Era” of Consumer Electronic Product Manufacturing

Senake Atureliya

Here comes the “Uberisation Era” of Consumer Electronic Product Manufacturing – Interview with Senake Atureliya, speaker at the 3D Printing Electronics Conference 2018, exclusive for 3DPrinting Brazil, by Laura Loenert

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 his talk at the 3D Printing Electronics Conference, which will take place in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, at the end of this month, Senake Atureliya — an innovator and entrepreneur which was nominated as a finalist in the British Inventors Awards 2016 by the Gadget Show team — will describe what he calls a “solution” that mix robotics, 3D printing technologies and a p2p development platform “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“.

In the interview bellow, exclusive for 3DPrinting, Senake tells us why he believes that makers can now really change the world materizaling its ideas using electronics and additive manufacturing: Continue reading “Here comes the “Uberisation Era” of Consumer Electronic Product Manufacturing”

Fully Additive – The Convergence of 3D Printing and 3D Printed Electronics – Presented by Johannes Hoerber, Neotech

Johannes Hoerber

Fully Additive – The Convergence of 3D Printing and 3D Printed Electronics – Presented by Johannes Hoerber, Product Development Manager, Neotech, at the 3D Printing Electronics Conference, which takes place on Jan 23, 2018 at High Tech Campus Eindhoven in The Netherlands.

This presentation will review current developments that combine 3D printed electronics into printed substrates to create full additively manufactured mechatronic systems.

A reconfigurable array of printing, pre- and post-processing techniques are combined to enable 100% CAD driven printed electronics manufacturing. The resultant flexible process chain can be easily reconfigured to cope with rapid changes in product type whilst retaining the ability to be scaled through to high volume manufacture. In addition, a review of current 3D printed systems, including antenna, heaters and sensors will be conducted. Continue reading “Fully Additive – The Convergence of 3D Printing and 3D Printed Electronics – Presented by Johannes Hoerber, Neotech”

3D Printing is more than technology – Presented by Wolter Kersbergen, PwC Nederland

Wolter Kersbergen

3D Printing is more than technology – Presented by Wolter Kersbergen, PwC Nederland, at the 3D Printing Electronics Conference, on Jan 23, 2018, at High Tech Campus Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

The industry challenge is how to perceive the added value and implications of additive manufacturing from a business perspective. 3D Printing is more than a technological innovation. It is a technology that has an impact on the entire value chain and that creates new markets and business models. The learning curve for 3D printing is a significant one, but it is being successfully surmounted as early adopters overcome key obstacles, one by one. However, we are still in the early days of this manufacturing industry shift, but innovation is robust, as early adopters know the ultimate market opportunity is massive. Continue reading “3D Printing is more than technology – Presented by Wolter Kersbergen, PwC Nederland”