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Overmolded 3D-Printed Wearable Electronics

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Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) is a manufacturing tool which allows for freedom of design and has been used to fabricate structural electronics in which the printing process is interrupted and electronic components as well as conductive traces (aerosol jetting or ink jetting) are introduced at discrete build layers. Complex structures can be defined using a CAD (computer-aided drafting) software to include unique cavities on the surface to embed electronic components within vat polymerized structures (digital light synthesis). After printing, mated, substructures can be populated with electronics, assembled, and subsequently fused, or over-molded, together. These assemblies can be constructed from a collection of components, printed using one material or an array of materials (e.g. flexible, stiff, elastomeric, etc.) and draped in electronics. Consequently, anatomy-specific flexible wearables can be created that are enhanced with sensing and programmability. The presentation will examine the proposed manufacturing methodology and describe a variety of customized wearable demonstration.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the possibility and feasibility of 3D printed wearable electronics
  • Learn about the background work for each of the different sensors.