Originally shared by David Fuchs This is actually a pretty neat development.

Originally shared by David Fuchs

This is actually a pretty neat development. For years the open source 3-D printing crowd has been talking about 3-D printed electronics. With this ink it is possible to print out conductive surfaces. The technique uses graphene with ethanol as a solvent and ethyl cellulose as a stabilizing polymer, neither of which leaves a residue, and only the graphene remains.

#graphene #3Dprinting
http://phys.org/news/2013-04-inkjet-printed-graphene-electrodes-low-cost-large-area.html

So has anyone tried to mix graphene with plastic. With a multihead 3D printer, the circuits could be embedded and distributed within the object. Hmmm…Would you just use conductive plastic to solder on the components?

i dont think graphene can be soldered, can it?

@3roomlab why would you want to?

u need connecting wires, etc etc … even FPGA IC need to be soldered. unless, it prints conenctions? like solder?

Why not just embed the component leads in conductive plastic?

hmmm yea but u know, joining together 3d electronics + existing electronics packages. if tomorrow we have some sort of printer, surely there needs to be a joining format to put in some FPGA, BGA, SMD, etc. if leads are to be embedded then the printer will have to be able to pick and place components somehow, or its a 2 parts process, print, manually place, print again to encase or something like that …

Interesting I can not wait to see more data