Doug Vining Printable electronics

Nanotube Ink: Desktop Printing Of Carbon Nanotube Patterns. 'Using an off-the-shelf inkjet printer, a team of scientists has developed a simple technique for printing patterns of carbon nanotubes on paper and plastic surfaces. The method, which is described in the August 2006 issue of the journal Small, could lead to a new process for manufacturing a wide range of nanotube-based devices, from flexible electronics and conducting fabrics to sensors for detecting chemical agents.'

Posted: 13 September 2006 at 09:37

Doug Vining Batteries That Assemble Themselves

MIT researchers are developing low-cost manufacturing methods based on the rapid reproduction of viruses.

Posted: 28 September 2006 at 10:40

Doug Vining Modified ink printer churns out electronics

A desktop printer loaded with a silver salt solution and vitamin C has been used to produce electronic circuits. The UK researchers behind the feat say their experimental device could pave the way for safer and cheaper electronics manufacturing.
Being able to print out electronic components and whole circuit boards could provide an alternative to current manufacturing techniques, which are energy intensive and environmentally unfriendly.
Posted: 20 April 2007 at 08:28

Doug Vining Printing whole buildings

In Pisa, Italy, mad genius Enrico Dini is building sandcastles on the moon. His giant 3-D printer is the first of its kind with the potential to print whole buildings, and it makes them out of solid rock, cutting down a thousand-year-long process into a few minutes. It uses sand, but someday it'll use moon dust.
Posted: 14 March 2010 at 16:28

Doug Vining Atomic manufacturing takes another step forward

We've been talking about the nanotech revolution as a future trend for many years. Of particular interest is the ability to literally build an electronic structure atom by atom to precision requirements.

This report from Technology Review highlights a company that is doing just that.
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Posted: 14 July 2011 at 13:43

Wolfgang Grulke Atomic manufacturing takes another step forward

In 1998 I talked about a fictitious household gadget from Sony that would assemble a cheeseburger in your kitchen, atom by atom, from cast-off atoms in your garbage - an amazing thought at the time, perhaps only Eric Drexler dared to imagine this scenario. Because the article appeared in a serious science magazine such TR, I guess they wouldn't stoop so low as to imagine it making a burger, but that's the real future in my view!!!
Posted: 18 July 2011 at 19:52

Doug Vining Spotlight on printing gadgets

Six years ago we imagined downloading a design and simply printing the entire gadget on a desktop 3D printer. While the technology has not yet advanced to that scenario, those processes are already partly in use. Consider this quote from the attached article:

Optomec, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has developed additive-manufacturing systems for a variety of industries. It can print electronics directly onto a pair of glasses, for “augmented reality”; it can make a plastic water tank that uses embedded electronics to measure how full it is and turn pumps on or off; it can print sensors on military armour; or an antenna on the case of a mobile phone.

How long before we can print our own phones? You tell me...
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Posted: 20 August 2012 at 10:48

Doug Vining Printing electronics

At this point, most desktop 3D printers let you make plastic objects from a computer design, but there are some others available or in development too. One startup is building an affordable metal 3D printer, while Squink lets you print circuit boards.

It's just a matter of time before we'll be able to print a whole smartphone, including the battery and screen!
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Posted: 24 July 2014 at 16:20

Doug Vining A few gems from CES

With over 3,500 exhibitors and tens of thousands of products at the International Consumer Electronics Show, it's quite a job to choose the most exciting ideas. Fast Company has picked out 9 interesting ideas, that they rate best.

My favourite from their selection is the Voxel8 Gadget Printer. Finally we have a 3D printer that can print circuits embedded in plastic components, all at the same time. This is another step towards that future, envisioned in this MindBullet, where you can download and print out your new phone on your desktop.
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Posted: 8 January 2015 at 16:47
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