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3D Printer Gives You Fully Functional Electronics

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Ralphy Boy
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Re: But does it "do" complex chips as well?
Ralphy Boy   3/4/2015 12:04:51 AM
Once a robotic pick and place, and a few more simultaneously printing heads are added to these things they will knock the complex parts out like crazy.

Speaking of which, has anyone developed multi-head 3D printers yet?

Over the years we've had a few assembly machines that had two robots working together in the same space.... Kind 'a like human hands do. But without direct handing off occurring. More like sharing the load and speeding the process.

William K.
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But does it "do" complex chips as well?
William K.   3/3/2015 9:30:30 AM
Including the electronics assembly in a printed object is certainly an interesting achievement, and if the yield is adequate then it has a future that will be impressive. But the main question will be economics and the cost relative to current manufacturing methods. Certainly for some applications it may be a best choice, but for many applications it may not be cost effective.

And the question oof just how much can actually be printed remains. Probably processors will not be printed in the forseeable future, since none of the printers has resolution anywhere near that used in current chips.

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