How Additive Manufacturing Benefits Advanced Materials

How Additive Manufacturing Benefits Advanced Materials

Manufacturing Technology Insights | Monday, January 03, 2022

The construction of carefully selected material packages specifically tailored to work with additive manufacturing is critical to advanced manufacturing.

Fremont, CA: Additive manufacturing (AM) is a game-changing method of creating value-added items by depositing materials directly onto a surface. Smart surfaces and objects with seamlessly integrated sensing and responding capabilities will require new functional materials compatible with these evolving technologies. Materials innovation must occur in coordination with developing new manufacturing technologies to ensure compatibility. The construction of carefully selected material packages specifically tailored to work with additive manufacturing is critical to advanced manufacturing.

2D printing is a type of additive manufacturing that has several advantages, including manufacturing on flexible substrates in huge regions with rapid throughput. Continuous advancements in 2D printed electronics have improved device performance and have progressively influenced interactive display technologies, thereby improving the human-machine interface. In-mold electronics, a fabrication process based on 2D printed electronics that can be molded into any shape via thermoforming, is one developing prospect. In-mold electronics thus give a way to build adaptable and sensing conformal surfaces utilizing additive manufacturing processes, boosting the interactive experience in automotive, aerospace, and domestic applications using compatible materials.

However, as we live in a 3D environment, there is a desire to create smart 3D objects directly. Smart materials, which allow producers to use fundamental chemistry/physics concepts like self-assembly to spatially structure multiple and different materials over multiple length scales, are required to build smart 3D objects directly. Various functionality can be put into things as they are printed using innovative chemistries and the use of controlled self-assembly. Adaptive, interactive, intelligent parts that support the next generation of objects for industries such as automotive, industrial, healthcare, and consumer products can be 3D printed with this level of control.

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