3D printed electronics at Holst Centre, progress and challenges

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by Hessel Maalderink, Holst Centre

There is a growing demand for printed (PCB-less!) electronic devices. Holst Centre is involved in various research programs (both shared and contract) targeted at developing technologies to enable production of such printed electronics.

The developments are triggered by the following drivers:

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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)”

How could the Electronics Industry use 3D Printing?

Most of today’s electronic products consist of traditional made parts. Plastic molded housings containing PCB’s with soldered THT and SMT components. In many cases even the design of a product is based on the electronics that should fit inside! Shouldn’t it be the other way around? Shouldn’t the electronics be a part of the design based on ergonomics and aesthetics? Continue reading “How could the Electronics Industry use 3D Printing?”

GreenJet, a digital 3D printing system for the PCB industry

Camtek Ltd. announced recently that in light of the high trading volume of the Company’s shares and rumors that have been circulating in the media over the course of the past few days, it wishes to clarify that, as reported previously, it is now in the advanced stages of the development of the GreenJet, a digital 3D printing system used for the deposition of solder mask designated for the printed circuit board industry (the “GreenJet System”). The first installation of the GreenJet System for evaluation in a customer’s manufacturing environment is expected to take place in the beginning of 2014 and, subject to the results, the Company expects the first commercial sales of the GreenJet System to take place during 2014. Continue reading “GreenJet, a digital 3D printing system for the PCB industry”