A team at Hamburg University has succeeded in demonstrating a fully automated production of 3D-printed electronic circuits. Over the course of several years, a Kühling&Kühling RepRap Industrial (a predecessor to today’s HT500.2) has been supplemented with a number of different tools and an adapted slicing engine has been developed, which orchestrates the complex manufacturing process.
The project result taken alone is an impressive example of the radical influence 3D printing will still have on industrial production. But we are particularly pleased about the prime example of open source hardware principles, which this project adheres to. Not only was the series 3D printer modified and the control system adapted to the new tasks, but also the design data and source code modifications were openly published again.
The result is now documented on the website of the Technical Aspects of Multimodal Systems (TAMS) division – an overview is provided by the team in their video on Youtube: