3D Printed Electronics – Sustainable Manufacture of Mechatronic Systems

This presentation will introduce recent developments related to the production of 3D mechatronic systems via Additive Manufacturing (AM) processes and well as present the potential for improved sustainability via automated recycling and component reuse.

The 3D PE process consists of a reconfigurable array of structural and electronics printing, pre- and post processing techniques in combination with SMD technologies. The digitally driven process chain can be easily reconfigured to cope with rapid changes in product type whilst retaining the ability to be scaled through to volume manufacture. Whilst the use of these processes is more sustainable than traditional electronics manufacturing it also enables automated recycling of the mechatronic product at the end of life.

Interview

What drives you?
The development of 3D PE technology – exploring new areas and creating something new .

Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
To learn about the latest in 3D PE developments.

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
In the short term the scalability of the 3D PE process will have an significant impact with applications transitioning to volume producing in the next few years.
Longer term the potential for unrivaled sustainability of 3D PE is extremely exciting.

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
I think long term these developments will help change the way certain electronics/mechatronic systems are produced offering significant environmental benefits compared to the current situation.

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
The main barriers that I see are the lack of understanding on the potential for 3D PE and how to apply it. It is still an emerging technology so events such as this are extremely important.

Martin Hedges is the Managing Director of Neotech.

“Graduated BSc (Materials Science) from the University of Manchester (UK) in 1987. Completed a PhD in Materials Science in 1990 from UMIST (UK).
Founded the company Neotech in Nuremberg in 2001 to develop additive manufacturing processes with a focus on Printed Electronics
Since 2009 the company has been pioneering the development of 3D Printed Electronics.

Neotech AMT GmbH is one of the leading companies developing systems for 3D Printed Electronics (3D PE). The company installed the first 5 axis 3D PE system in 2010 with rapid advances lead to the first commercial installation for mass production running in 2015. Neotech’s 3D PE technology is now being implemented across divese end markets including mobile communications, automotive, medical and industrial markets.

Martin Hedges is a speaker at the 2021 edition of the 3D Printing Electronics Conference.