3d Printing Electronics

Start thinking of printing projects to create with circuits embedded in them.  Scientists at the University of Warwick have created a new printing material that conducts electricity.  They have printed circuits using a traditional multi-head 3d printer with one of the heads using the new “carbomorph” material, and another using standard plastics.  Add a lightbulb and power source, and you can create a 3d printed lamp that actually works.  You could take a scan of your hands, and make a custom game controller with working buttons.  Printed electronic musical instruments.

Because the material’s capacitance varies with temperature and stress, they found they could also use it to make gloves that measure your finger position, and coffee mugs that can measure how full they are.  For more technical details, check out their full paper.

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November 29, 2012
Categories: News

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