‘Energizing’ 3D Printing with Electronics

The terms “3D printing” and “additive manufacturing” already have a prominent place in the manufacturing lexicon. But while the technology is two decades old, we are just now seeing the beginning of what could be a revolution in how we make things. Among the most exciting applications of the technology is combining it with printed electronics. In fact, we might soon experience the next generation of embedded electronics. Additive manufacturing is the additive fabrication of objects by depositing and patterning successive layers of materials through 3D printing. The process creates a physical object from a three dimensional digital model, which often comes from a computer aided design (CAD) digital blueprint.