What claims to be the first ever additively manufactured IoT transceiver device was printed, assembled and tested in just 18 hours by Nano Dimension.
Nano Dimension, a 3D printing firm for electronics, has announced the creation of the “first fully functional” 3D-printed communication device.
The maker claims this device (essentially a printed circuit board) has “much farther-reaching applications” beyond smart homes to enterprises that manufacture autonomous vehicles.
The Internet of Things (IoT) device, developed by the company, enables enterprises and research institutions to create and test their ‘smart’ products and other prototypes faster and more easily than ever before.
Nano Dimension claims it can shorten development times for IoT devices by up to 90 per cent compared with traditional devices.
It completed the print, assembly and testing of the prototype IoT transceiver device in approximately 18 hours compared to traditional (non 3D-printed) devices which typically take 14 days or more.
The remote-control type IoT device, smaller than a silver dollar coin (16x33x1.6mm), is currently in its qualification phase and the company reckons that it can be developed into a two-way communication device (transmitter and receiver) such as a router.
According to Nano Dimensions, organisations which specialise in smart home routers may be able to assist organisations to speedily develop enhanced communication with smart white goods such as washing machines, refrigerators, televisions, air conditioning system, and even children’s toys.
"Our solution enables companies to speedily trial and finalise their prototypes in just one day without compromising on quality or performance”
For example, smart TVs that can communicate with their owners reminding them that their favorite programme is about to begin, smart fridges that can communicate that they are out of milk and children’s toys that can demand to be played with.
“An ever-greater emphasis is being placed on smart cities, smart buildings, smart homes and smart products by industries and consumers alike. Our solution enables companies to speedily trial and finalise their prototypes in just one day without compromising on quality or performance,” said Amit Dror, CEO of Nano Dimension.
“They no longer have to wait over a fortnight to understand whether their smart device works or not. This ultimately increases product and cost-efficiencies and reduces time to market, which means that the consumer can enjoy the benefits of these products faster than ever before.”
Nano Dimensions claims the DragonFly Pro 3D printer – the only 3D printing system of its type worldwide – in some cases miniaturises electronics, making devices and circuit boards more efficient in capacity as well as in performance.
It also has many applications including: the multilayer PCB torque sensor application for creation of sensors required in almost every device, from a finger sensor in the average smartphone, to temperature and motion sensors in monitoring equipment; and the RF amplifier application which can massively amplify signals for portable communication devices and unmanned airborne vehicles such as drones and satellites, among others.
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