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Engineers pave the way towards 3D printing of personal electronics

Engineers pave the way towards 3D printing of personal electronics | Green Lifestylez | Scoop.it

Scientists are developing new materials which could one day allow people to print out custom-designed personal electronics such as games controllers which perfectly fit their hand shape.

 

The University of Warwick researchers have created a simple and inexpensive conductive plastic composite that can be used to produce electronic devices using the latest generation of low-cost 3D printers designed for use by hobbyists and even in the home. The material, nicknamed ‘carbomorph’, enables users to lay down electronic tracks and sensors as part of a 3D printed structure – allowing the printer to create touch-sensitive areas for example, which can then be connected to a simple electronic circuit board.

 

So far the team has used the material to print objects with embedded flex sensors or with touch-sensitive buttons such as computer game controllers or a mug which can tell how full it is. The next step is to work on printing much more complex structures and electronic components including the wires and cables required to connect the devices to computers.

 

The research was led by Dr. Simon Leigh in the School of Engineering at the University of Warwick. Dr. Leigh said: “It’s always great seeing the complex and intricate models of devices such as mobile phones or television remote controls that can be produced with 3D printing, but that’s it, they are invariably models that don’t really function. “We set about trying to find a way in which we could actually print out a functioning electronic device from a 3D printer.

“In the long term, this technology could revolutionalise the way we produce the world around us, making products such as personal electronics a lot more individualised and unique and in the process reducing electronic waste.

 

“Designers could also use it to understand better how people tactilely interact with products by monitoring sensors embedded into objects. “However, in the short term I can see this technology having a major impact in the educational sector for example, allowing the next generation of young engineers to get hands-on experience of using advanced manufacturing technology to design fairly high-tech devices and products right there in the classroom.”

 

The printed sensors can be monitored using existing open-source electronics and freely available programming libraries. A major advantage of using 3D printing is that sockets for connection to equipment such as interface electronics can be printed out instead of connected using conductive glues or paints.


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Eco Elise | Lotus Cars

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The Eco Elise project promotes a different perspective on “green”, one which does not revolve solely around tailpipe CO2. This holistic approach is in keeping with the progressive Lotus culture, driving Lotus to become the world’s green automotive consultancy. Sustainable materials, hemp, eco wool and sisal have been developed for body panels and trim and, combined with hi-tech water based paint solutions, showcase new affordable green technologies. 


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Despite Successes in Colorado and Washington, Marijuana Advocates Still See ... - The Atlantic Cities

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Residents of Portland, Maine, will vote next month on a ballot measure to legalize marijuana possession.
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Marijuana Movement Plants Flag in DC

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The movement to legalize marijuana has arrived at Congress' back door with the planned opening of the first pot dispensaries in the nation's capital.
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Will legalised marijuana lead to an economic boom? - BBC News

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Now Bliss and Ridgway are drawing up plans to open a quaint cannabis shop in downtown Olympia, Washington, funded by about $20,000 (£13,000) in savings.
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Colorado Legislators Drop Plans to Cancel Marijuana Legalization As Tax and ... - Reason (blog)

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Shots send crowd fleeing at massive Denver marijuana rally

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DENVER -- Three people were shot and wounded at a pro-marijuana rally on Saturday, disrupting the first celebration of a symbolic drug culture holiday since Colorado voters legalized the recreational use of pot.
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Hundreds Attend 4/20 Protest For Legalization Of Cannabis At Independence Mall

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Congress Predicts Current Congress Will Legalize Hemp - Cannabis Culture

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Cannabis Culture Congress Predicts Current Congress Will Legalize Hemp Cannabis Culture That may be a less bold prediction than in the past -- with the highest-ranking Republican senator supporting hemp now, Mitch McConnell, it should be more...
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Conservatives Push Marijuana Reform in Congress | Politics News | Rolling Stone

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Pot activists have some surprising new allies (RT @RollingStone: Marijuana reform advocates have a surprising new ally: Congressional Republicans: http://t.co/5PwfOoZhjm)...
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Mass. to test medical marijuana for contaminants - Boston.com

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BOSTON (AP) — Rules proposed for the new medical marijuana industry in Massachusetts would require dispensary owners to test their marijuana for contaminants.
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The National Farmers Union Urges Congress To Differentiate Between Cannabis And Hemp

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Currently farmers in the United States have been effectively prohibited from cultivating hemp for any dedication due to the requirement of special cultivation permits that must be obtained through the Drug Enforcement Administration in order to...
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Zoning proposal could restrict Seattle marijuana sales in tourist ...

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Some city councilmembers want to shield the city's tourist areas, historical districts and family zones from the effects of legalized marijuana. Councilmembers Nick Licata and Sally Clark are proposing an amendment to the ...
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Legalized medical marijuana not popular in D.C.; dispensaries note hassles - Washington Times

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Wyoming's marijuana ordinance faces challenge before State Supreme Court - The Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com

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Wyoming's marijuana ordinance faces challenge before State Supreme Court The Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com LANSING, MI – Wyoming City Attorney Jack Sluiter faced sharp questioning by the Michigan Supreme Court as the city seeks to enforce its...
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U.S.: Marijuana Cannabinoids Could Point The Way To First Effective Medication For PTSD | Hemp News

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In a first-of-its-kind study on the biochemical impact of psychological trauma, researchers have discovered a connection between the amount of cannabinoid receptors in the human brain and the chronic, disabling condition post-traumatic stress...
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Colorado Hemp Farming Bill moves onto House floor - St. Louis Post-Dispatch - STLtoday.com

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Senate approves fix to state marijuana law

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The Senate has approved a measure prosecutors and crime lab scientists say is needed because of concerns that a provision in Washington's new legal marijuana law jeopardizes their ability to go after any pot crimes at all.
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Thousands of marijuana smokers celebrate first legal ‘420’ in Colorado

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Marijuana smokers discreetly gather in Overton Park to celebrate counterculture holiday 4/20

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Keoka Washington, 25, said she started smoking weed at 11 a.m. Saturday to "get a head start" on celebrating the counterculture holiday 4/20. (NeoMemphis News: Marijuana smokers discreetly gather in Overton Park to celebrate counterculture holi...
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Why It’s So Hard For Scientists To Study Medical Marijuana

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(CannabisNews) Eighteen states (plus the District of Columbia) allow cannabis use for certain medical conditions.
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Medical Marijuana Inc. Reports Record First Quarter 2013 Revenue ...

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Alcohol Industry Benefits From Marijuana Remaining Illegal - Huffington Post

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Medical Marijuana patient runs for Sheriff in Washington

Our current Sheriff does not wish to honor his oath of office like so many others in law enforcement, So after proving I did nothing wrong under State law an...
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Colorado marijuana tourism company launches after pot legalization - Denver Post

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Two Denver entrepreneurs with ties to the medical-marijuana industry have started the nation's first marijuana tourism company.
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