Engineers at the University of Warwick have developed ‘Carbomorph’, a conductive 3D printable plastic which allows circuits to be printed, meaning the pieces can actually work. The big selling point here is that the material is compatible with off-the-shelf 3D printers. So in the long term this technology makes it possible to 3D print personal electronics at home.
“In the long term, this technology could revolutionalise the way we produce the world around us, making products such as personal electronics a lot more individualised and unique and in the process reducing electronic waste.”
University of Warwick
Wired’s Design blog covered a great article on Carbomorph.
“for 3D printing to make its way into the mainstream, science needs to give us materials that can do more than just be hardened plastic. Researchers at the University of Warwick have just taken a huge step in the right direction with the introduction of a 3D-printable electrically conductive plastic.”
Make it yourself
The methods the engineers used to create Carbomorph are documented in an open access paper that’s freely available online. So if you know how to safely work with the materials used, you can start making your own Carbomorph.