“No longer do you need a PCB and an injection molded enclosure, but now you can seamlessly integrate the two in one part. Long-term our next-generation manufacturing platform will change the traditional models of production.” – Michael Bell, Co-founder of Voxel8
The Voxel8 3D printer uses interchangeable cartridges for an infinite combination of both materials and inks. Their onboard pneumatic dispense system provides high precision, direct-writing of conductive ink, all while their kinematically coupled bed provides easy insertion of embedded circuitry during print. To top it all off, the 3D printer contains a 4.3″ touch screen display that will help guide you in component placement and orientation of the materials during the printing process.
“In the next few years we’ll move to our next manufacturing platform – a commercial and industrial-scale, fully automated 3D electronics platform…We’ll start seeing less dependence on foreign manufacturing techniques that value cheap labor over automation, and start seeing a shift in where and how complex electromechanical devices are made and designed.” – Michael Bell
On [easyazon_link asin=”B000062VVV” locale=”US” new_window=”yes” nofollow=”default” tag=”seriou03-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”yes”]Star Wars Episode II[/easyazon_link], there was a scene where C-3PO stumbles upon an underground factory of larger machines creating smaller machines. The exact words he used were, “Machines making machines? How perverse.” And yet, when you think of the capability that the Voxel8 displays – after all, the Voxel8 is a machine creating other machines – you realize that it isn’t so much perverse, as it is absolutely liberating!
Soon there won’t be a necessity for different corporations trying to sell their own brand of devices to consumers. No longer will we fall into the trap of deciding which phone is better – Google’s or Apple’s. Instead the consumer will be empowered with the ability to decide for themselves not only what they want, but how they wish to design it. Eventually the means of production will be re-distributed into the hands of the common consumer, sparking a technological revolution like nothing we’ve seen before throughout history.
Photo Credit: Voxel8