Published in the journal of Advanced Materials on 7 February 2017, researchers from Singapore and Israel demonstrate a range of stretchy materials suitable for vat polymerisation 3D printing.
Such materials are usually created through combination of 3D printing and traditional methods. 3D printing without traditional input allows much more design freedom to the finished objects. Complex geometries can be created that allow objects mechanical strength and flexibility, i.e. they can squash into small places, and transform into new shapes.
Applying the concept to flexible electronics, the team also create a flexible switch that conducts electricity, demonstrating the materials’ potential use in the field of flexible electronics as in Nano Dimension’s 3D printed PCBs, or flexible LED screen research.
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