As this technology continues to develop, it would be interesting to understand the expected print life of the cartridges for certain types of pastes. From the articles, it seems that the current strategy is to allow quick replacement of the heads (similar to an inkjet printhead cartridge), so I'm assuming that these cartridges are currently planned on being low-cost and disposible. (By the way, the peanut butter prototype was impressive).
William, both capacitive and conductive features can be 3D printed with this technology, mentioned on the company's website. We also give a link in the story for more info on the ink's characteristics. Transistors? Not quite yet.
Printing conductors is a worthwhile thing, but to gain much functionality there need to be other parts as well. Resistors and transistors would allow some functionality, but it seems that they would need to be placed, rather than printed.
Syringe extruders have been used in medical R&D for 3D printing various types of organ-like materials. But this is a new development in industrial uses. The combination of plastics and conductive viscous ink 3D printed in one pass is still in its early stages, but the open source technology means it can be developed faster via crowdsourcing.
At this year's MD&M West show, lots of material suppliers are talking about new formulations for wearables and things that stick to the skin, whether it's adhesives, wound dressings, skin patches and other drug delivery devices, or medical electronics.
Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have published two physics-based models for the selective laser melting (SLM) metals additive manufacturing process, so engineers can understand how it works at the powder and scales, and develop better parts with less trial and error.
Materials and assembly methods on exhibit at next week's MD&M West and other co-located shows will include some materials you should see, as well as several new and improved processes. Here's a sampling of what you can expect.
The Food & Drug Administration has approved a 3D-printed, titanium, cranial/craniofacial patient-specific plate implant for use in the US. The implant is 3D printed using Arcam's electron beam melting (EBM) process.
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