New 3D printing technique could revolutionize manufacturing.
Stratasys and Optomec Inc. have announced that the companies have successfully completed a joint development project to merge 3D printing and printed electronics to create the world’s first fully printed hybrid structure.
The initial demonstration used an aerosol jet system to print a conformal sensor, antenna and circuitry directly onto the wing of a UAV model, using a fused deposition modeling (FDM) process.
“Manufacturers can implement this hybrid technology in a multitude of applications, not just in aerospace,” says Optomec’s Ken Vartanian. “This technology can benefit numerous industries by allowing thinner, lighter, fully functional structures that cost less to manufacture.”