3-D printing has opened the doors for many other technological advancements in the same vein, and one such development involves this conductive silver ink. Placed in a typical ballpoint pen, it offers the ability of drawing electronic circuits on the fly.
Led by Jennifer Lewis, the Hans Thurnauer professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois, and Jennifer Bernhard, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, the creation of this conductive silver ink is meant to be a fast, easy and portable way to create simple circuits in any shape the user can draw. This hand-drawn circuits could be put on just about any surface. It could also result in new disposable, bendable electronics and folded 3-D objects -- not to mention how much cheaper it will be to other alternatives.
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