Prototype your own PCBs for custom projects (Video)

For all the promise of 3-D printing, most machines can only shape plastic, meaning that if you want to build even a simple electronic at home, you’re going to be plugging in the bulky, premade circuits of Arduino boards. And if you’re a real industrial designer with proper resources, you’re going to be contacting a factory in China to build a custom circuit board to your specifications. Very little can be done quickly in-house. Continue reading “Prototype your own PCBs for custom projects (Video)”

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”

“Production & Technology for Hybrid Electronics”, Presented by Marcel Grooten, DoMicro BV

DoMicro BV is a startup company providing a state of the art integrated manufacturing solution and system for hybrid electronics. This fully multifunctional and automated tool set enables flexible manufacturing and versatile processing of any kind of electronic structure. Applying all kinds of technologies and integrating them in one system creates new possibilities in assembly and manufacturing like reverting process sequences and other steps in classical manufacturing methods and technology. This revolutionizes the traditional value chain of electronic assemblies. Integration and optimizing processes, recipes and then moving seamlessly from R&D into volume manufacturing is the name of the game for DoMicro. This new and smart manufacturing principle will be presented and discussed. Continue reading ““Production & Technology for Hybrid Electronics”, Presented by Marcel Grooten, DoMicro BV”

The progression from 2D to 3D printed electronics (Video)

This short presentation from IDTechEx Research reviews the progression from 2D to 3D printed electronics including technologies, materials and markets. The ability to 3D print electronics promises to revolutionise the way electronics are prototyped and manufactured just as 3D printing has done for the manufacture of mechanical parts. Continue reading “The progression from 2D to 3D printed electronics (Video)”

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”

US Department of Defense to Invest $75 Million in New Flexible Electronics Manufacturing Hub

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the seventh of nine new manufacturing institutes underway will invest $171 million in advancing next-generation flexible hybrid electronics manufacturing, fostering American leadership in manufacturing technologies from smart bandages to self-monitoring weapons systems to wearable devices. Continue reading “US Department of Defense to Invest $75 Million in New Flexible Electronics Manufacturing Hub”

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)”

Researchers to Develop 3D-Printed Graphene Batteries

LONGER-lasting batteries could be 3D printed from graphene ink to tackle rising demand for energy storage products in household devices or renewable energy systems. Professor Craig Banks is leading the new project to develop a desktop printer to create batteries, supercapacitors and energy storage devices for phones or tablets, and solar, wind and wave power storage. Continue reading “Researchers to Develop 3D-Printed Graphene Batteries”