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Engineers Develop Multimaterial Fiber 'Ink' for 3D-Printed Devices


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Using the new 3D printing method, a structure such as this model airplane wing could have both light emitters and light detectors embedded in the material.

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ave developed a way to use standard three-dimensional printers to produce functioning devices with electronics already embedded within them.

Credit: Felice Frankel

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers have developed a method of using standard three-dimensional (3D) printers to produce functioning devices with electronics already embedded within them.

The devices are made of fibers containing multiple interconnected materials which can light up, sense their surroundings, store energy, or perform other actions.

The system utilizes conventional 3D printers equipped with a special nozzle and a new kind of low-temperature filament to replace the usual single-material polymer filament.

The new method is up to three times faster than other approaches in fabricating functional devices via 3D printing.

MIT researcher Yoel Fink said the new method could be used to fabricate customized biomedical devices, including implants and prosthetics.

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