People are talking about Functionalize and F-Electric…

“Toutonghi’s startup Functionalize is tapping into a previously ignored part of the growing 3-D printing industry—materials science”, “Historically, there’s been a lot of focus on the hardware,” says Brandt. “Now, you are starting to see a better balance of people realizing that without the materials, you don’t have a full ecosystem.” – Jordan Brandt, a technology futurist at Autodesk

“Plastic That Carries a Big Charge.” – Business Week

“For a few years now, many of us in the 3D Printing community have been eagerly awaiting a highly-conductive filament that would allow us to print circuits as part of our 3D printed projects.” – Make

“This invention makes 3D printers spit out electronics.” – VentureBeat

“New metal lets today’s 3D printers make tomorrow’s electronics”, “The combination of high conductivity, low price, and easy application mean this could be a truly disruptive technology.”, “Something like F-Electric, though, could fundamentally move us forward from cabinet obs (this time in steel!) and actually bring new types of objects to the digital maker realm. These are the kinds of breakthroughs that call back to that age-old question, “Would I download a car?” or, more to the point, would you download a house full of simple dollar store gadgets? – Extreme Tech

“I think most of us would, and these steps forward are how we’ll someday be able to do it.” – Extreme Tech

“The system could be used for companies looking to prototype products or for makers who want to add electronics to their arsenal of printable objects. Companies looking to make promotional materials to hand out at trade shows could just buy a 3D printer and print up a bunch of flashlights before the show.” – Puget Sound Business Journal

“Where 3D printers rocketed the world by adding dimensionality to traditional printing methods, Functionalize aims to add another game-changing factors to the process: ultra-conductivity.” – EEWeb

“Most electronics built today require environmentally unfriendly chemical processes to produce PCBs as well as multiple assembly steps to add discrete components. What if, instead, you could print circuits directly on a part, wrapping around it and completely eliminating a separate PCB, or even print an actual electronic component? Such capabilities will simplify today’s electronics manufacturing and create totally new product solutions.” – Desktop Engineering

 

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