A 3D printed communication device for smart homes

First-ever fully functional 3D printed IoT communication device can now shorten development times for IoT devices by up to 90%.

Tags: 3D Printing
Arutz Sheva Staff ,

3D printed transceiver vs traditional transceiver
3D printed transceiver vs traditional transceiver
Nano Dimension

Nano Dimension Ltd., the world’s leading 3D additive manufacturing provider for electronics (NASDAQ, TASE: NNDM), announced Tuesday that it has created the first fully functional, 3D printed communication device, at a faster speed than has ever been achieved to date with traditionally made devices.

This first-ever additively manufactured (3D Printed) IoT device developed by Nano Dimension, enables companies and research institutions to create and test their ‘smart’ products, and other prototypes faster and more easily than ever before.

Nano Dimensions completed the print, assembly and testing of the prototype IoT transceiver device in under one day, approx 18 hours - 90% faster than traditional (non-3D printed) devices which typically take approximately 14 days or more. The device was additively manufactured using Nano Dimension’s award-winning DragonFly Pro 3D Printer - the only precision additive manufacturing system of its type worldwide.

The remote-control type IoT device, smaller than a dollar coin (16 x 33 x 1.6mm), is currently in its qualification phase and Nano Dimensions’ experts anticipate that it can easily and efficiently be developed into a two-way communication device (transmitter and receiver).

Organizations specializing in smart home routers may be able to assist organizations in speedily enhancing communication with smart white goods such as washing machines, refrigerators, televisions, air conditioning system, and even children’s toys: Smart TVs which can communicate with their owners reminding them that their favorite program is about to begin, smart fridges which can communicate that they are out of milk, and children's toys which can demand to be played with!

Furthermore, the device (essentially a printed circuit board (PCB)) has much farther-reaching applications than just smart homes. Enterprises that manufacture autonomous vehicles, with their many hundreds of sensors, may be able to utilize this smart device developed with the help of the DragonFly Pro.

As more products become ‘smart,’ eventually there will be no limit to the number of items that this seemingly simple device can connect to.

The only 3D printing system of its type worldwide, the DragonFly Pro 3D Printer in some cases miniaturizes electronics making devices and circuit boards more efficient in capacity as well as in performance. It also boasts many applications including the Transceiver Application (transmitter and communicator) as described above, the Multilayer PCB Torque Sensor Application for creation of sensors required in almost every device, from a finger sensor in the average smartphone, to temperature and motion sensors in monitoring equipment, and the RF Amplifier Application which can massively amplify signals for portable communication devices and unmanned airborne vehicles such as drones and satellites, amongst many others.

Amit Dror, CEO of Nano Dimension, said: “An ever-greater emphasis is being placed on smart cities, smart buildings, smart homes and smart products by industries and consumers alike. Our solution enables companies to speedily trial and finalize their prototypes in just one day without compromising on quality or performance. They no longer have to wait over a fortnight to understand whether their smart device works or not. This ultimately increases product and cost efficiencies and reduces time to market, which means that the consumer can enjoy the benefits of these products faster than ever before.”