Multi-functional non-planar 3D printed parts with embedded copper wire

Studies on the multi-functionality of additively manufactured parts, such as 3D printed electronics, have increased significantly in recent years. A study has been carried out at the Chair of Carbon Composites (LCC) researching on the integration of continuous carbon fiber and copper wire in non-planar 3D printing. By directly printing and embedding copper wires to a printed part, it is possible to fabricate a fully functional electronic end product in one go. Moreover, with the combination of continuous fiber and copper wire directly printed by a 6-DOF printer, the part can be strong and functional at the same time. The 3D printed drone, shown in the pictures, demonstrated a promising application for this technology. This idea will be further investigated for printing exoskeletons for stroke patients in the project SMILE.