Chinese research into liquid metal and 3D printing for functional electronics

Chinese research into liquid metal and 3D printing for functional electronics

Researchers from Beijing have reported the use of 3D printing and injected liquid metal as a novel way to create functional electrical components. Citing the “ fabrication freedom ” that is enabled by 3D printing as a manufacturing technique, the academic paper explores the possibilities of embedding liquid metal in an 3D printed elastomer substrate. The authors explain the process as follows, The technique involves printing hollow channels within elastomer structures via fused deposition modeling (FDM), then injecting and encapsulating liquid metal to form electrical traces. The graphical abstract shows the premise of the research. Image via Materials & […]

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