The 3D printing of electronics and electronic components represents a transformative shift in how these devices are designed and manufactured with a near-limitless number of use cases. One use case that is particularly compelling is in the design and deployment of sensors. The multi-material printing capabilities of the eForge enables the rapid, on-demand printing of a variety of sensors with wide-ranging applications.
Using the eForge to Create Sensors for NASA
In fact, using eForge to print sensors is beyond the theoretical or experimental. NASA has contracted with us to explore using eForge to print a highly sensitive, low-power graphene-based sensor that detects corrosive gases that can cause orbiting spacecraft to lose altitude and prematurely plunge to earth. NASA intends to use eForge to print these sensors on-demand during planetary space missions.
In addition to the chemical sensors being used by NASA, eForge has also been used to develop a number of additional sensors.
Capacitive-Based Pressure Sensors
Capacitive-based pressure sensors have many practical applications, and eForge has been used to create these sensors for a number of different applications.
For example, a network of pressure sensors applied to an insole can be used as a method of biometric identification with over 95% accuracy after just three steps. eForge has been used to print a network of these sensors on fabric as part of a multi-layer insole.
Carbon Dioxide Sensors
Another sensor application for which eForge has already seen proof-of-concept is the creation of carbon-dioxide sensors. Carbon dioxide sensors have a range of uses in both industrial and experimental applications. Additional theoretical applications for these sensors include the inclusion in mobile devices for global, real-time, surface level CO2 measurements.
Additional Sensor Types
The types of sensors that the eForge can print is not limited to the small selection that have been outlined. Additional types of sensors that can be printed with the eForge include:
The range of sensors the eForge can print on-demand both affordably and rapidly can benefit many industries including:
- Food & Beverage
- Internet of Things
- Telemedicine & Healthcare
- Home Security
To learn more about how your business can save money and benefit from on-demand 3D printing of sensors, contact us today.