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Voxel8 to 3D Print Complete Electronic Devices

by Paul Strauss
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Up until now, the vast majority of 3D printers on the market have been designed to produce plastic models, and if there’s functionality, it’s pretty primitive – like rotating gears. But Voxel8 aims to change that, with their upcoming 3D printer that can not only print plastic, but also circuitry.

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Using highly conductive ink, the printer with work with Autodesk developed software called Project Wire to allow for design of both the object and its circuitry in a single application.

Specifications for the Voxel8 printer are as follows:

  • Build Envelope: 10 x15 x 10cm
  • Printing Technology: FFF, Pneumatic Direct Write
  • Layer Resolution: 200 microns
  • Filament Compatibility: 1.75mm
  • Conductive Trace Width: 250 microns
  • Supported Files: AMF, STL, PLY, OBJ, OFF
  • Resistivity: 5.0 × 10-7 Ω-m
  • Silver Ink Cure Time: 5 minutes

You’ll still need to add some elements, such as integrated circuits or motors, but a single object can contain both thermoplastic and conductive elements, which should enable some truly interesting builds. In addition, the machine will allow you to insert components in the middle of a print without losing its place.

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Voxel8 is accepting pre-orders for their printer now, and expects to start shipping at the end of 2015. The printer will sell for $8499(USD), so it’s definitely not for weekend hackers, unless you happen to have deep pockets.

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[via Pocket-Lint]

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