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2 Feb 2023

Webinar - Additive Electronics Manufacturing: Innovations & Prospects

Friday 10 February 2023 - Status and prospects of competing analogue and digital manufacturing methods for printed electronics; Technical discussion of emerging digital manufacturing methodologies; Evaluation of the benefits and challenges of adopting high throughput R2R manufacturing; and Innovations in component placement and attachment that will facilitate manufacturing of FHE.
18 Jan 2023

Printed Electronics Enables R2R, Additive & Digital Manufacturing

Can electronics manufacturing be reconfigured for our digital, environmentally-conscious age? IDTechEx's new report, "Manufacturing Printed Electronics 2023-2033", explores a wide range of manufacturing innovations that will enable additive, digital, and higher throughput electronics production across many length scales.
29 Dec 2022


Photosynthetic are a Dutch start-up developing a novel polymer microscale 3D printing technique called Volumetric Micro-Lithography. IDTechEx spoke with CEO/Founder Dr Alexander Kostenko.
24 Dec 2022

Readiness Level of Digital Printing Methods for Printed Electronics

An assessment of the commercial readiness of digital printing processes used for printing electronics.
2 Nov 2022

Metamaterials Markets 2023-2043: Optical and Radio-Frequency

IDTechEx Report: Brendan Beh, Dr Matthew Dyson, Dr Yu-Han Chang and Dr James Jeffs
29 Jul 2022

3D Printing Sensors For Satellites

Scientists have created the first completely digitally manufactured plasma sensors for orbiting spacecraft. These plasma sensors, also known as retarding potential analyzers are used by satellites to determine the chemical composition and ion energy distribution of the atmosphere.
18 Jul 2022

Hasbro 3D Prints Your Face on Action Figures

Hasbro has announced Hasbro Selfie Series figures—a groundbreaking endeavor to use 3D printing to manufacture personalized action figures at scale. For the first time, fans will be able to scan their face with a smart device and have a custom-made look-a-like action figure delivered to their door.
13 Jul 2022

Final Prototype Triumph TE-1 Project Testing Results Revealed

The unique collaboration between Triumph Motorcycles, Williams Advanced Engineering, Integral Powertrain Ltd, and WMG, University of Warwick, funded by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles through Innovate UK, was set up to create ground-breaking developments in specialist electric motorcycle engineering and innovative integrated technology design.
11 Jul 2022

Smart Textiles Sense How Their Users are Moving

Researchers develop a comfortable, form-fitting fabric that recognizes its wearer's activities, like walking, running, and jumping.
21 Jun 2022

New Solution for Stem Cell Manufacturing

Researchers have developed a unique 3D printed system for harvesting stem cells from bioreactors, offering the potential for high quality, wide-scale production of stem cells in Australia at a lower cost. Stem cells offer great promise in the treatment of many diseases and injuries, from arthritis and diabetes to cancer, due to their ability to replace damaged cells. However, current technology used to harvest stem cells is labour intensive, time consuming and expensive.
27 May 2022

US Army Research Laboratory (3D electronics)

Origami electronics involves assembling 3D electronic structures by cutting and folding 2D circuits, and is being investigated by the US Army Research Laboratory together with North Carolina State University.
22 Mar 2022

Braskem Expands Additive Manufacturing Portfolio

Braskem announces today the expansion of its 3D printing product portfolio to include polyethylene and glass fiber reinforced polypropylene filaments. Braskem's PE and glass fiber reinforced PP filaments are easier to print, have less warpage, minimal shrinkage, and better interlayer adhesion than other comparable products on the market.
1 Mar 2022

World's Largest 3D Printed Logistics Vessel

Researchers have achieved a groundbreaking milestone in composite manufacturing with the production of two 3D-printed prototype logistics vessels for the US Department of Defense. The longer of the two vessels, the largest ever 3D-printed, simulates ship-to-shore movement of 20-foot containers representing equipment and supplies. The second vessel can transport a Marine rifle-squad with organic equipment and three days of supplies.
11 Feb 2022

Project Triumph TE-1 Prototype Revealed

Project Triumph TE-1 has been revealed in completed prototype form. The unique collaboration between Triumph Motorcycles, Williams Advanced Engineering, Integral Powertrain Ltd, and WMG at the University of Warwick funded by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles through Innovate UK, was set up to create ground-breaking developments in specialist electric motorcycle engineering and innovative integrated technology design.
15 Nov 2021

Development of 3D Printed Smart Helmets for the Military

Researchers have received $1.3 million from the Office of Naval Research through the Defense Research University Instrumentation Program to create the world's first printable military "smart helmet" using industrial-grade 3D printers.
27 Sep 2021


ioTech is a company that has developed a rapid, optically driven, non-contact method of depositing patterned layers of a wide range of materials. It is primarily targeting the semiconductor packaging and PCB manufacturing space.
21 Sep 2021

Nanoscribe Introduces the Quantum X shape, an Ultra-Precise 3D Printer

Nanoscribe, a BICO company, announced the launch of the Quantum X shape, a high-precision 3D printer for rapid prototyping and wafer-scale batch production. With the Quantum X shape, high-precision 3D printing becomes significantly more efficient in terms of printing on wafers up to 6 inches in size.
20 Sep 2021

3D Printed Objects That Sense How a User is Interacting With Them

Researchers have developed a new method to 3D print mechanisms that detect how force is being applied to an object. The structures are made from a single piece of material, so they can be rapidly prototyped. A designer could use this method to 3D print "interactive input devices," like a joystick, switch, or handheld controller, in one go.
22 Jul 2021

3D Printing Composites Will be a $2bn Industry Within the Next Decade

3D printing of fiber-reinforced polymers is rapidly approaching a commercial tipping point. This is quickly becoming one of the most exciting and impactful areas of 3D printing; over the next decade the market will grow to $2 billion, the installed base and applications will expand, and technology will continue to mature.
20 Jul 2021

Join the Upcoming IDTechEx Webinar on 3D Printing Composites

Thursday 5 August 2021 - In this webinar, IDTechEx will give a detailed overview of the market including: Technical benchmarking studies; Market outlook; Key news, partnerships, and developments; Applications and case studies; and Challenges & industry pain points.