3D Printed structural electronics: embedding and connecting electronic components into freeform electronic devices

H.H. Maalderink, F.B.J. Bruning, M.R. de Schipper, J.J. van der Werff, W.C. Germs, J.J.C. Remmers, E.R. Meinders

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Abstract

The need for personalised and smart products drives the development of structural electronics with mass-customisation capability. A number of challenges need to be overcome in order to address the potential of complete free form manufacturing of electronic devices. One key challenge is the integration of conductive structures and components into 3D printed devices by combining different materials and printing techniques that have nearly incompatible printing conditions. In this paper, several methods to integrate electronic circuits and components into a 3D printed structure are discussed. The functional performance of the resulting structures is described. Structural parts were manufactured with a stereolithography-based 3D printing technique, which was interrupted to pick and place electronic components, followed by either direct writing or squeegee filling of conductive material. A thermal curing step was applied to enhance the bonding and improve the electrical performance. Optical micrography, 4-point resistance measurement and cross-sectional analysis were performed to evaluate functionality.

LanguageEnglish
Pages35-41
Number of pages7
JournalPlastics, Rubber and Composites
Volume47
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018

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Printing
Electronic equipment
Stereolithography
Conductive materials
Curing
Networks (circuits)
Hot Temperature

Keywords

  • 3D printed electronics
  • freeform fabrication
  • integrated electronics
  • multi-material additive manufacturing
  • stereolithography
  • structural electronics

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Maalderink, H. H., Bruning, F. B. J., de Schipper, M. R., van der Werff, J. J., Germs, W. C., Remmers, J. J. C., & Meinders, E. R. (2018). 3D Printed structural electronics: embedding and connecting electronic components into freeform electronic devices. Plastics, Rubber and Composites, 47(1), 35-41. DOI: 10.1080/14658011.2017.1418165
Maalderink, H.H. ; Bruning, F.B.J. ; de Schipper, M.R. ; van der Werff, J.J. ; Germs, W.C. ; Remmers, J.J.C. ; Meinders, E.R./ 3D Printed structural electronics : embedding and connecting electronic components into freeform electronic devices. In: Plastics, Rubber and Composites. 2018 ; Vol. 47, No. 1. pp. 35-41
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3D Printed structural electronics : embedding and connecting electronic components into freeform electronic devices. / Maalderink, H.H.; Bruning, F.B.J.; de Schipper, M.R.; van der Werff, J.J.; Germs, W.C.; Remmers, J.J.C.; Meinders, E.R.

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