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University of California Researchers Explore Acoustophoresis in Regulating Electrical Composites for 3D Printing

Scientists from University of California Santa Barbara have been exploring the use of acoustophoresis in regulating electrical composites in accompaniment with 3D printing in ‘ Flexible Composites with Programmed Electrical Anisotropy Using Acoustophoresis .’ This work expands on the current demand in the marketplace for multifunctional 3D printing materials. Today we see many different types of conductive materials in 3D printing, but as the researchers point out, there are obstacles due to expense and post-processing that consumes too much time. Their goal is to be able to create functional materials that will further applications in robotics, wearables, and thermal management devices. The scientists delve into the potential of polymer matrix composites, as they offer the suitable levels of stiffness and both electrical and thermal conductivity. Embedded electrical interconnects show great promise, not only in affordability but also time spent in wiring. Field-assisted assembly may be the best route for […]

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