Today we’ll be assembling a 3D, PCB-based, LED-illuminated Christmas Tree that was designed by Rachel Rayns (https://twitter.com/RachelRayns) and is distributed by The Pi Hut (https://thepihut.com/products/3d-xmas-tree-for-raspberry-pi).
This shouldn’t be at all challenging because it’s all simple through-hole resistors and LEDs and was designed to be buildable by those with limited soldering experience. However it should be a fun and relaxing build with an attractive end result.
You can buy your own from The Pi Hut here: https://thepihut.com/products/3d-xmas-tree-for-raspberry-pi (in stock at the time of writing, but I suspect they won’t be around for long)
How can 3D PCBs assemble to the real thing?
3D printing is all the craze, but is it all overrated to be in terms of 3D PCBs?
The 3D-printed electronics sector is still in its inception because of the complexity of the process. The printer is required to be efficient at producing a material which conducts electricity and stands up to the needs of use in domains for instance aerospace, wearables and the Internet of Things, in addition to consumer electronics.
We’re only just beginning to see the first 3D printers effective at printing electronics. One such printer is the NexD1 3D printer from Next Dynamics. The NexD1, which will cost you around $3,000, is a multi-material and electronics printer in one. It can print employing six materials directly and build functional low-resistance circuits.
Next Dynamics is currently raising cash for this project on Kickstarter.com. The company plans to start shipping and delivery in September of the year 2017.
The way forward for 3-D-Printed PCBs
3D printing is a fairly fresh technology, and 3D-printed electronics are actually newer. We’ll definitely find out advancements in 3-D printing for electronics as time goes on. The process will most likely be more efficient, and we could find ways to operate new materials. We may even find 3D printing as a technique of electronics mass production sometime, but probably not for a long while.
In the meantime, the breakthroughs will mostly come from flexibility in design and also more speedily producing prototypes.
Long term, 3D printing probably will radically re-define the world of electronics. Circuitry will be able to be printed straight into products, clearing away the requirement for a customary rectangular circuit board. Designers will be able to be a lot more imaginative with their designs. Our electronics can get a great deal more compact and begin to look diverse, and we could possibly produce them a whole lot more promptly and cheaply.