WIRED: Why 3D Printing is no longer just for hobbyists

Voxel8's Co-founder and Hardware Lead, Michael Bell, is quoted in this article by WIRED Magazine. 

The two-dimensional thinking of printed circuit boards is limiting the development of electronics, argues Michael Bell of Voxel8, a startup spun out of a Harvard University research laboratory. Everything is flat: flat-screen televisions; flat smartphones; flat laptops and tablets. “With our process, you can put the electronics in and wire them up in three dimensions, which frees you up from the constraints of flat printed circuit boards,” he explains.

Voxel8 prints electronics in a similar method to the way 3D printers make trinkets. A process called sheer printing turns microparticle silver from a peanut-butter consistency in a nozzle, to liquid as it is extruded, then back to a thicker state when needed. This allows the Voxel8 printer to lay out precise circuits in three dimensions, forming wires that can be as narrow as 50 microns (0.05mm) thick.
— Michael Bell, Co-Founder and Hardware Lead
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Voxel8 Recipient of 2016 R&D 100 Award

The R&D 100 Awards have a 50+ year history of recognizing excellence in innovation, earning the name: the “Oscars of Invention”. Voxel8 is proud to be named a recipient of a 2016 R&D 100 award.

"The R&D 100 Awards Committee and R&D Magazine today announced the 2016 R&D 100 Award Finalists for the 54th annual R&D 100 Awards, which honors the 100 most innovative technologies and services of the past year. This year’s R&D 100 Award Winners will be presented with their honors at the annual black-tie awards dinner on November 3, 2016 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Maryland (Washington, D.C.).

The R&D 100 Awards Finalists were selected by an independent panel of more than 50 judges and represent many of industry’s leading R&D companies and national laboratories, as well as many newcomers to the R&D 100 Awards."

-R&D Mag

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Voxel8 is one of the 2016 WEF Tech Pioneers

Voxel8 is honored to be named one of the 2016 Tech Pioneers by the World Economic Forum. 

"Voxel8 has created a multi-material 3D printer capable of printing embedded electronics and other novel devices. This 3D printer can print both highly conductive inks for circuits along with plastic. This method can print a project in one go and also reduces the number of materials used, simplifies the development of the object and allows perfect integration of electronics, thus reducing its final size."

Read more at World Economic Forum 2016 Tech Pioneers

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RAPID 2016 in Orlando, FL
PHOTO BY ANOUK WIPPRECHT

PHOTO BY ANOUK WIPPRECHT

 

Last week, Voxel8 had the pleasure of attending this year’s RAPID 2016 conference down in (mostly) sunny Orlando, Florida. 

At this year’s show,  it was a busy time, between the plethora of networking opportunities to be had, industry intelligence to gather, as well as demoing our latest production-spec printer, which is shipping to our pre-order customer queue very soon.

At this year’s event, we were showing off some of our latest internal functional prototypes including a 3D printed digital watch, multiple 3D printed antenna designs, 3D printed quadcopters, prototype electrical connectors, and more!

 

We were very extremely pleased with the visitor traffic at our booth this year’s RAPID. We fully appreciate both existing customers, and interested parties for stopping by to discuss our company’s work in the multi-material and 3D electronics printing space!

We look forward to next year’s RAPID wherever it might be! See you then.

- The Voxel8 Team

PHOTO BY ANOUK WIPPRECHT

PHOTO BY ANOUK WIPPRECHT

 
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One of MIT Tech Review's 50 smartest companies 2015

Voxel8 is proud to be named one of MIT Tech review's 50 Smartest Companies 2015, listing companies with meaningful and impactful innovation in their field.

“Having created what it calls the world’s first 3-D electronics printer, the startup is commercializing promising new materials like conductive ink.
  • 5,000 - Factor by which its inks improve conductivity, according to the company”

— MIT Technology Review

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One of the 9 Best Ideas from CES 2015 - Fast Company

"Another big limitation in 3-D printing is that, if you want to create an electronic device of any sort, you usually have to print the body in pieces, which will jigsaw together and sandwich themselves around the functional components. 

But at CES, a printer called Voxel8 demonstrated that it could print the plastic body and metal circuitry of a drone, all at once, with the wires actually printed inside the plastic. Voxel8 teases a near future in which they can print custom hearing aids to order. They also teamed with Autodesk to create an accessible looking modeling program called Project Wire for designers who’d like to try their own hand at printing electronics. "

[Read More at Fast Company]

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