Print me a phone

Print me a phone
August 2, 2012 Economist.com
print me a phone

Any electronic device consists of circuit boards, components and bundles of wire – these are the printed “organs” of the device. Because assembling these items into a product like a phone can be quite a tedious process, new ways of printing electronics in 3D are being developed. Although electronic printing processes such as screen printing, lithography and inkjet printing used to manufacture circuit boards and components are nothing new – these new 3D techniques could revolutionize the way electronic goods are made. With technologies so rapidly improving, it now allows electronics to be printed on a wider variety of surfaces. One such development is the combination of electronics printing with additive manufacturing: The process whereby 3D printers build solid objects out of material. So now, if you wanted to print your own phone, you can.

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