Initially 3D printing was used to make limited-functionality models and prototypes, before embarking upon the expensive business of fabricating tooling to produce a final product.
In recent years however, there has been a move to adopt the technology as full-scale manufacturing solution. The advent of low-cost, desktop 3D printers has meant a wider user base are now able to have access to desktop manufacturing platforms enabling them to produce highly customised products for personal use and sale.
Although the 3D printed products grew in complexity (multi-material) and in detail, still most products have a single function. As always designers and engineers are looking for more complex and high tech products. Combining functional elements such as electronics (sensors or switches) into a 3D printed product could open up new markets and new applications of products.
In the future interactive devices could be printed rather than assembled; a world where a device with active components is created as a single object, rather than a case enclosing circuit boards and individually assembled parts.
These hybrid processes that integrate electronics onto or within 3D printed parts however can present challenges when the materials involved have significantly different material parameters.
This first global 3D Printing Electronics Conference offers the attendee a platform on the crossroads of Science, Design, Technology & Business in 3D printing electronics. You will meet new potential partners and get inspired by speakers from Universities, Research Institutes and established companies as well as promising startups.
The following organisations/companies will give a presentation: TNO, Neotech AMT GmbH, University of Warwick, Holst Centre, CERADROP.
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