Nano Dimension Ltd., a leading 3D additive manufacturing provider for electronics, announced that it has created a fully functional, 3D printed communication device at a faster speed than has been achieved with traditionally made devices. This additively manufactured IoT enables companies and research institutions to create and test their ‘smart’ products and other prototypes quickly and easily.
Nano Dimension completed the print, assembly and testing of the prototype IoT transceiver device in approximately 18 hours, which is about 90% faster than traditional (non 3D printed) devices which typically take approximately 14 days or more. The device was additively manufactured using the DragonFly Pro 3D Printer.
The remote-control type IoT device, smaller than a silver dollar coin (16 x 33 x 1.6 mm), is currently in its qualification phase and Nano Dimensions’ experts anticipate that it can be developed into a two-way communication device (transmitter and receiver) such as a router.
Organizations who specialize in smart home routers may be able to assist organizations to quickly develop enhanced communication with smart white goods such as washing machines, refrigerators, televisions, air conditioning system, and even children’s toys. For example, smart TVs that can communicate with their owners reminding them that their favorite program is about to begin, smart fridges that can communicate that they are out of milk and children’s toys that can demand to be played with.
Furthermore, this device (essentially a printed circuit board) has much farther-reaching applications than just smart homes. Enterprises that manufacture autonomous vehicles, with their many hundreds of sensors, may also be able to use this smart device.
The DragonFly Pro 3D Printer, in some cases, miniaturizes electronics making devices and circuit boards more efficient in capacity as well as in performance. It also boasts many applications including the Transceiver Application (transmitter and communicator) as described above, the Multilayer PCB Torque Sensor Application for creation of sensors required in almost every device, from a finger sensor in the average smartphone, to temperature and motion sensors in monitoring equipment, and the RF Amplifier Application which can massively amplify signals for portable communication devices and unmanned airborne vehicles such as drones and satellites, amongst many others.
Nano Dimension Ltd.