Functionalize Launches LetterKit: Consumers Can Print a Flashlight on Most 3D Printers
Functionalize’s new LetterKit™ Flashlight lets users print functional electronics simply on single head 3D printers – all parts included.
“3D Printing is moving from its largely novelty roots, particularly in the home, to being a major tool for those building projects in the home or small business,” said analyst Rob Enderle of the Enderle Group. “A critical part of this evolution is the ability to print ever more complex objects. The LetterKit is a clear example of this next step showcasing and teaching 3D printer users that they can now take the next step. I expect it will be a harbinger for even more amazing things to come.”
The Flashlight LetterKit not only provides a fun project for users to 3D print a fully functional electronic part, it also provides an inexpensive way to experience Functionalize F-Electric, their highly conductive 3D printing filament, with minimum commitment and everything necessary to complete a successful project.
“We saw that many people purchasing Functionalize F-Electric filament started with the flashlight and were excited when they finished their first functional part. It reminded me of how I felt when I took my first flashlight off the print bed, snapped it together, and it lit up. With an entry level kit that maximizes project success, we want to share that feeling with everyone,” said Michael Toutonghi, founder and chief executive officer of Functionalize, Inc.
Available for a retail price of $19.95 from Functionalize directly on their website as well as from authorized resellers worldwide, the Functionalize Flashlight LetterKit provides makers PLA filament compatible printers an easy way to get started with functional 3D printing.
Functionalize started in pursuit of enabling 3D printing electrical circuits on today’s common 3D printers. Founder and CEO, Michael Toutonghi is a 30-year serial entrepreneur and intrapreneur veteran which includes leading the eHome division at Microsoft. He is also the inventor or co-inventor on 29 issued patents, and inventor of the Functionalize pending patents on its nano-material synthesis and polymer technology including patent and bringing to production the first 3D printing filament conductive enough to easily print general, TTL compatible circuits.
Functionalize Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Power Up 3D Printing With World’s Most Electronically Conductive 3D Printing Filament
Scientific breakthrough F-Electric 1,000 times more electrically conductive than today’s best conductive filament—Makes it possible to build electronic or electromechanical capabilities seamlessly inside 3D printed structures
Seattle, WA –November 10, 2014 – With the 3D printer and maker movement driving a personal industrial revolution, Functionalize today launched a 30-day Kickstarter campaign to announce and bring to market a breakthrough in electronically conductive 3D printing material. One thousand times more conductive than filament available today, the new filament, Functionalize F-Electric, enables anyone to print circuits, wires, sensors, power connectors, and other electrical components inside projects printed from popular PLA-capable 3D printers. Functionalize is seeking $100,000 from the Kickstarter community to set up a production facility to bring F-Electric to market in volume.
“Imagine a world where you can 3D print your next cell phone, a drone, an Internet of Things device, or the latest in wearable electronics, complete with circuits and electrical components,” said Mike Toutonghi, Functionalize’s founder, CEO and chief scientist. “That’s where we’re going, and our F-Electric filament is a major step forward in making this a reality. Using our nanomaterials and processes, we’ll have the chance to invent all sorts of new, functional materials that Makers need to launch their designs and prototypes.”
Functionalize Powers Up 3D Printing with 1,000 Times More Electrically Conductive Filament
Today’s 3D printers create inert objects out of a variety of colors and textures of plastic, but to make these objects electronically functional often requires a separate manufacturing process to add electrical components. While there have been some advancements in existing conductive material, there hasn’t been plastic capable of being printed on today’s common 3D printers and with enough conductivity to even light up an LED. Measuring under 1 ohm/cm, F-Electric is the world’s most electrically conductive 3D printing filament that enables electronic or electromechanical capabilities to be designed right into the structure of printed parts. Current conductive 3D filaments measure in the 1,000 – 10,000 ohms/cm range.
From Executive Dad to Mad Scientist
Toutonghi’s passion for technology, science, and making things has long been part of his life. From working on go-carts, mini bikes, and more as a kid, to spending almost 30 years of his life making software used by millions of people. His path for chemistry and working with nanomaterial and 3D printing plastics began on his 50th birthday when he and his son agreed to work on an electromagnetic propulsion project for his school’s science fair. As he started searching for ways to use his 3D printer to print the circuits inside the plastic, ultimately skipping a soldering process that he disliked altogether, he didn’t find an existing solution. From that day forward, creating conductive material became his obsession and he immersed himself in the scientific literature and built a nanotechnology lab in his house. After multiple years of experimentation and tireless analysis to synthesize graphene, metal, and plastic nano composites, he finally developed 3D printing plastic that can be used with existing 3D printers, as well as a nanomaterials production process that provides the foundation to create many types of new, functional materials that product makers will need for the next wave of the personal industrial revolution.
“Functionalize is opening a whole new frontier for 3D printing that will change the way we Makers make,” said Matt Johnson, program director at intentional3D, Inc. “By allowing electrical circuits to be part of the 3D design and build process, there are endless possibilities for what can be built. We see numerous applications across many industries and think Functionalize has just begun to scratch the surface of possibilities.”
Follow the Kickstarter campaign and watch the video if interested in helping Functionalize create new materials, collaborate to overcome limitations related to 3D printing, raise funds for the production of Functionalize materials, as well as equipment to increase production capacity. Backers for Functionalize, depending on the level of support, will receive access to “first-of-a-kind” products built using its electrically conductive thermoplastic material, including a 3D printed keychain flashlight, 3D printed levitator, as well as a variety of ‘Makers Kits”, including kits for product creators, educators, and master builders.
Functionalize is focused on creating breakthrough 3D printing materials and technologies that allow anyone to go from concept to functional product to help catalyze the next wave of the personal industrial revolution. The companies first invention, F-Electric, is 1,000 times more conductive than filament available today and it makes it easy to 3D print circuits, buttons, power connectors, and more; right inside your plastic prints. For more information visit www.Functionalize.com, or join us on Facebook follow us on Twitter.
Functionalize Enters into Partnership to Manufacture World’s Most Conductive
3D Printable Thermoplastic Material
Seattle, WA – December 8, 2014 – Following its recent launch and Kickstarter campaign, today Functionalize (www.Functionalize.com) announced a manufacturing and cross-licensing partnership with ProtoParadigm (www.ProtoParadigm.com) for its flagship product, F-Electric.
Functionalize’s partnership with ProtoParadigm provides Functionalize with an innovative manufacturing partner dedicated to producing high quality 3D Printer Filament optimized for maximum compatibility across the 3D Printer models. The partnership enables ProtoParadigm to manufacture and distribute Functionalize F-Electric material, which is a breakthrough in electronically conductive 3D printing filament, measuring 1,000 times more conductive than the most conductive filament available today.
“Functionalize is delighted to announce our partnership with ProtoParadigm. ProtoParadigm is a company focused on continuous improvement and delivering world class filament for 3D printers across the globe. ProtoParadigm has proven to us that they have the capability and vision to both meet our high quality standards and represent our products well as part of their complementary, functional and traditional 3D filament line.” said Mike Toutonghi, Functionalize’s founder and CEO. “As a result of our partnership with ProtoParadigm, we will be able to more quickly produce and distribute F-Electric and follow-on Functionalize products to businesses and makers worldwide.”
In addition to manufacturing and license to manufacture, the terms of the partnership also enable both companies to cross-license and cross-sell each company’s respective product lines. ProtoParadigm will offer F-Electric in its online store as its flagship conductive 3D filament.
“Functionalize has developed a paradigm changing innovation and we at ProtoParadigm are thrilled to be working with Functionalize to help bring F-Electric to the 3D Printing and Plastics industry” said Luke Chilson, co-founder of ProtoParadigm. “We share a common goal of bringing practical and functional plastic materials to market, empowering makers and business with new 3D printing capabilities.”
Functionalize is focused on creating breakthrough 3D printing materials and technologies that allow anyone to go from concept to functional product to help catalyze the next wave of the personal industrial revolution. The company’s first invention, F-Electric, is 1,000 times more conductive than filament available today and it makes it easy to 3D print circuits, buttons, sensors, power connectors, and other electrical components right inside products printed from popular PLA capable 3D printers. For more information visit www.Functionalize.com, or join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter.
ProtoParadigm is a manufacturer and developer of 3D Printing materials. With a heavy emphasis on research and development into both new 3D Printing materials and manufacturing processes, ProtoParadigm is committed to enabling the next step towards functional 3D Printing. The company is currently launching its new ProtoTek line of 3D Printer Filaments designed to bring a new wave of practical applications to 3D Printing. Learn more at http://www.protoparadigm.com/