3D Printable and In-Mould ElectronicsTechnology Areas
It’s been around since the 1980s, but advances in the technology over the past decade have taken 3D Printing mainstream. It encompasses a range of technologies in which different physical mechanisms “print” a three-dimensional object from various types of polymers or metals. Functional electronics can be embedded through this printing process.
In-mould electronics is a sub-set of this concept, by embedding electronics – such as circuitry, lighting, printed touch controls, sensors and antennas – into formed and injection-moulded parts. This allows for devices and components that are far less bulky and costly than they would be using conventional electronic components.
Another form of 3D printable electronics allows electronics components to be inkjet-printed on to physical objects such as antennas or sensors. For example, a 3D-printed drone that included printed electronics components was demonstrated in 2015.
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