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Wow, that is actually pretty amazing. i am in the product design field and I definitely agree that this could change things. It seems like it would allow us to build products that are smaller and thinner because you dont need two halves and a circuit board. just the two halves.

Pretty nifty. :-)
#1 Jake on 2009-03-11 03:46 (Reply)
This would open up a lot of things for my model railway projects.

Although, not sure how the product would stand up to soldering components on, but then, I don't know enough. (Yet)
#2 Bob Davies on 2009-03-11 10:28 (Reply)
Very interesting, thank you.
#3 Emmanuel LATTES on 2009-03-11 10:34 (Reply)
Nice technology, better than using toxin etching acid...
#4 Charon Ng on 2009-03-28 03:45 (Reply)
I wonder if this has significant ramifications for recyclability - it seems to me that if all this stuff is composited together, it'll be hard(er) to separate it out again into it's materials again when it reaches the end of it's life.
#5 euphy on 2009-03-28 22:01 (Reply)
It would be harder to separate. But currently the issue with recycling things is partially separation but also the infrastructure and willingness of consumers and companies to recycle. A lot of the issues with environmentally harmful materials is that the people that designed those materials did not take recycling into account. "we need a plastic that looks pretty and is cheap." Because recycling infrastructure has partially been established and the environment is more 'top of mind' it will be something that features in materials design going forward. A post consumer recycled 3D printing material is one thing that I would really really like to see.
#6 Joris on 2009-03-28 23:37 (Reply)
One thing that 3D printing is great for is research. Check out, where robot-blocks were printed into cubes, able to be connected together in many different ways... So much potential for making novel entertainment/learning for kids.
#7 Tom Anderson (Homepage) on 2009-03-31 18:17 (Reply)

Sounds great, I saw a TED presentation that seemed similar.

That was amazing too.
#8 Joris on 2009-03-31 19:46 (Reply)

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