The team behind Project Ara, Google’s modular smartphone, have revealed that they are looking into using conductive ink to print components for the device.
3D Systems have revealed that they are working with Carnegie Mellon University, to create a conductive ink that can be used to print various components for the modular smartphone.
We are also advancing material strength, and developing conductive inks in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and X5 Systems for printing functional components such as antennas. The modules will additionally be printable with full spectrum, CMYKWT color plus support (meaning cyan, magenta, yellow, black, white and clear, with support), in hard and soft composite materials for the optimum lifespan of parts and ultimate customization by the user. “The combination of exponential creation technology with exponential information technology translates to unprecedented capability and adaptability for the consumer,” said Chuck Hull, Founder and Chief Technology Officer of 3DS. “The scale of this project and its practical functionality are an exciting step into the future.”
You can find out more details on the latest developments on Project Ara, over at 3D Systems, the last thing we heard about the project, is that the first device is expected to launch in January of 2015.