Milling a PCB trace with a PCB end mill in copper clad. SUPER fine detail and tested with a multi-meter. I also demo Inkscape and how to setup the g code. Hope you guys enjoy!
How will 3D printed circuit boards stock up to the real thing?
3D printing is all the rage, but is it all exaggerated to be in terms of 3D printed circuit boards?
The 3D-printed electronics market is still in its infancy mainly because of the intricacy of the process. The printer must be competent to produce a material that conducts electricity and stands up to the demands of use in areas such as aerospace, wearables and the IoT, and likewise consumer electronics.
We’re only just beginning to see the very first 3D printers ideal for printing electronics. One such printer is the NexD1 3D printer from Next Dynamics. The NexD1, which will cost you about $3,000, is a multi-material and electronics printer in one. It can print using six materials at the same time and construct functional low-resistance circuits.
Next Dynamics is now raising cash for this project on Kickstarter. The company offers to start up shipping and delivery in Sept of 2017.
The Way ahead for 3-D-Printed PCBs
3D printing is a pretty innovative technology, and 3D-printed electronics are really newer. We’ll definitely witness enhancements in 3-D printing for electronics as time goes by. The process will likely become more efficient, and we might find solutions to make use of new materials. We could even see 3D printing as a technique of electronics mass production at some time, but probably not for a long while.
Right now, the advancements will mostly come from flexibility in design as well as more rapidly producing prototypes.
In the long term, 3D printing will likely radically transform the world of electronics. Circuitry should be able to be printed straight into products, clearing away the demand for a normal rectangular circuit board. Designers definately will be much more creative with their designs. Our electronic devices could get considerably smaller sized and start to look various, and we could probably manufacture them much more quickly and inexpensively.