Make: Magazine covered the revolutionary new process, developed in part at Harvard University, summarizing it as:
Working with Autodesk, they’ve created software that allows you to specify your desired circuit pathways, as well as the location of the electronic components needed for it. Then it does something really slick: It automatically prints the appropriately sized cavity for the components (along with conductive traces), pauses to allow you to place the components into the spaces, and then continues printing, encapsulating them into the design.The printer is expensive, at $9,000 USD, but prices will undoubtedly fall as others study Voxel8 and create their own versions. Voxel8 surely will be developing future versions, materials, and algorithms that will make the printer not only better, but more accessible to makers the world over.
If you want to put electronics in your 3D printed projects today, don't worry. People have figured out a lot of clever ways to do so. While you can't really have your printer lay down conductive pathways, you could design casings and enclosures, if planned properly to add in your electronics afterwards.
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