New Material Enables Anyone To 3D Print Functioning Electronics
Researchers at the University of Warwick have developed 'carbomorph', which enables users to create products with touch-sensitive areas.
Researchers at the University of Warwick have opened up the possibilities of easily accessible, functional electronics with the introduction of 3D printable electrically conductive plastic. The plastic composite (nicknamed ‘carbomorph') allows circuits to be printed, meaning the pieces can actually work.
The simple and inexpensive conductive plastic composite can be used to produce electronic devices using the latest generation of low-cost 3D printers. It enables users to lay down electronic tracks and sensors as part of a 3D printed structure. This allows the printer to create touch-sensitive areas, which can be connected to a simple electronic circuit board.