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3D Print Your Own Personal Electronics
12/14/2012

A conductive thermoplastic can be used with low-cost, hobbyist 3D printers to produce complete, customized electronic devices, such as this computer game controller.
  (Source: University of Warwick)
A conductive thermoplastic can be used with low-cost, hobbyist 3D printers to produce complete, customized electronic devices, such as this computer game controller.
(Source: University of Warwick)

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akwaman
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akwaman   12/14/2012 4:09:58 PM
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This could be a great breakthrough if we could make the wires and connectors out of continuous piece of metal.  This would surely increase reliability.

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Ann R. Thryft   12/14/2012 2:47:26 PM
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akwaman, good question, but the methods for printing connecting devices such as cables and wires was not detailed. I suspect it's still being developed.

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akwaman   12/14/2012 2:38:57 PM
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When they say they are trying to make the wires and cables, are they inferring the use of a combination of plastics and sintering printing?  That would be incredible to mix the two technologies, then you could truly create some awsome things.

 

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Cadman-LT   12/14/2012 1:36:27 PM
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I can only imagine how cool it is for college students(and maybe even high school) to be able to design something and have it come to life. 

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Ann R. Thryft   12/14/2012 1:11:57 PM
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Thanks, everyone--isn't this fun? I think it was only a matter of time once the industry achieved the ability to "print" flexible electronics via lithography, as DN has covered in the past: http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1392&doc_id=249722

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Cadman-LT   12/14/2012 10:50:04 AM
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Great article! I love how fast this 3D printing is evolving. I wish they had tech like this when I went to college.

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Re: The mind boggles
tekochip   12/14/2012 10:46:25 AM
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A human, didn't they try that in "Weird Science"? Getting rid of interconnections would be huge, it really consumes alot of space and cost to run wires around a housing.

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The mind boggles
Elizabeth M   12/14/2012 8:41:58 AM
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Wow, what will be available for 3D printing next--a human being?? :) I'm just kidding, of course, but this story is impressive! Printing sure has come a long way from dot-matrix, hasn't it? Look forward to more developments in this area and the potential for doing this commercially someday. If it progresses I forsee a whole new era of at-home inventions and armchair mad professors being inspired!

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