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Nano Dimension uses 3D printing to add conduction to fabric

September 23rd, 2016 / By: / What's New?

Nano Dimension Technologies Ltd., subsidiary of Israel-based 3D printed electronics developer Nano Dimension Ltd., has successfully tested 3D printing of conductive traces onto a treated fabric. The project was completed in collaboration with a European functional textiles company, unnamed in a company press release. The test was carried out using Nano Dimension’s unique AgCite™ silver nanoparticle conductive ink and the DragonFly 2020 3D printer platform.

In the release, the company says conductors were printed on fabric in several patterns in order to perform functionality tests, including conductivity, elasticity, rubbing and others. The results demonstrated that the printed silver conductors had enough elasticity to match the properties of the fabric, enabling the creation of “smart” functional fabrics without limitations resulting from motion, folding and wearing.

Such printing is used for military, industrial and medical needs. Possible uses include smart bandages, virtual-reality gloves, wearables with sensor and heat properties, safety equipment for the defense industry, sportswear that manages body temperature, aviation and aerospace accessories, medical equipment, and automotive applications.

Nano Dimension focuses on development of advanced 3D printed electronics systems and advanced additive manufacturing.