A research effort led by Dmitri Talapin, a chemistry professor at the University of Chicago, has demonstrated how semiconductors could be soldered – and even 3D printed — and still deliver the proper electronic performance.
The classical method of manufacturing processes in the silicon industry does not require soldering; instead, engineers create a large silicon crystal which they can cut, carve, and etch to a desired shape. Continue reading “Researchers prove semiconductors could be soldered and 3D printed, while still delivering proper electronic performance”
Researchers led by Assistant Professor Michael McAlpine at Princeton University have fabricated the world’s first fully 3D printed light-emitting diodes. The process involves interweaving printable electrodes, polymers, and semiconductors, all of which are suspended in solvents to prevent the materials from bleeding into each other, during the printing process. Continue reading “From world’s first fully 3D-printed LED to bionic implants”
You can use 3D printing to make a handful of electronics, such as antennas and batteries, but LEDs and semiconductors have been elusive; you usually need some other manufacturing technique to make them work, which limits what they can do and where they’ll fit. Continue reading “3D printing technique will put electronics into just about everything”