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EC3: Making Additive Manufacturing Functional


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Find out about laser assisted direct write techniques and speculation on possible home based 3D printers.

Date and Time

22 May 2014 - 19:30-21:00


Reading, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the Berkshire local network.

About this event

Making Additive Manufacturing Functional by Matthias Feinaeugle, University of Southampton
Additive manufacturing is well-known to produce almost arbitrary shapes from simplest tabletop
printing systems. However, these structures cannot provide electrical (or device)
‘functionality’ due to a limited set of printable materials, despite the fact that printing
techniques are routinely used in industrial processes, e.g. in the manufacturing of solar cells.
Tonight’s talk will present laser-assisted direct-write techniques, in particular laser-induced
forward transfer and ablation, used for the fabrication of electronic, photonic or biomedical
devices. Compared to conventional printing, such laser-assisted techniques can avoid the
use of clean room processes, apply liquid or solid materials, and combine organic, biological
and inorganic materials at high precision. Possible industrial applications and markets for
such technology are also discussed, and finally I will speculate on the future vision of a home
based table-top ‘functional 3D printer’.
A poster for the event is available here.


This event is free of charge and open to all, with refreshments at 19.00, and the lecture starts at 19:30.

Registration information

Like all lectures organised by the Specialised Section EC3, this event if free and open to all with no registration needed.

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