Missouri S&T Researching 3D Printing for Stretchable Electronics

Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) finds that 3D printing could also be a valuable approach for overcoming the challenges that currently face stretchable electronics developers. Stretchable electronics could soon be the new industry standard in the fields of vehicle onboard systems, electronic gadgets, medical devices, and more. As a potential replacement to the current circuit board, these flexible conductors could usher in previously unseen technology such as clothing-adhered sensors for monitoring heart or brain activity. In their paper “Materials, Mechanics, and Patterning Techniques for Elastomer-based Stretchable Conductors,” the Missouri S&T team suggests that manufacturers could 3D print very thin layers of conductive material onto an elastomer surface, producing exceedingly stretchable electronics.