New 3D printers offer the capability of printing conductive materials.
David Savastano, Editor11.24.15
I recently attended Printed Electronics USA 2015, organized by IDTechEx, in Santa Clara, CA. IDTechEx hosted a variety of co-located programs during PE USA 2015, including a two-day session on 3D printing that was well attended.
3D printing is a really fascinating technology that is drawing a lot of attention right now, and rightfully so. There are major advantages to the technology, particularly in the area of prototyping, which can be less costly and a lot faster.
I had not seen a tremendous amount of overlap between flexible and printed electronics and 3D printing until this year, though. The 2015 show was very different in this regard; consider these developments:
• Nano Dimension showed both its AgCite silver nano inks as well as its new DragonFly 2020 3D Printer for multi-layer printed circuit board (PCB) prototypes.
• Voxel8 showcased its 3D Electronics Printer, which can co-print materials such as thermoplastics and highly conductiv
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