Hidden Gems: Examining non-obvious opportunities in 3D Printing of Electronics

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by Bill Buel, Vice President, Hardware, Origin, USA

3D Printed Electronics will ultimately enable and drive the merging of mechanical and electrical disciplines. Just as desktop 3D printers combined with the many peripheral software components empowers everyday, non-engineers to modify their world to their liking, and realize their innate creativity without formal engineering training, 3D printed electronics will not only open the doors, but will completely remove the roof and enable one of the most impactful forms of creativity and innovation that the world has ever seen.

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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)”

Optics Industry: Digitizing Old Analogue Manufacturing Techniques

The optics industry is an old analogue industry. For a few thousand years people have been making optics in the same way, using polishing and grinding processes. This is time-consuming, expensive and difficult to scale up. In the 1950’s, injection moulding arrived and standard lenses could be made in high volumes. Now, Luxexcel’s new additive manufacturing techniques are allowing new possibilities in optics and photonics. Continue reading “Optics Industry: Digitizing Old Analogue Manufacturing Techniques”