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22 May 2014 - 22 May 2014
San Francisco, California



Printing Digital Objects - Dr. Janos Veres - Location Fleet Room

Thursday 5/22/14  1:45pm

Printed electronics are at a pivotal moment. There are not only tremendous opportunities for innovation and growth in new verticals and industries, but a new way of thinking about how electronics are made, combining techniques and materials used by printed electronics with those of 3D printing. Printing many of the components of a phone – including sensors, mechanical components, and electronics – using a single printer is now imaginable.

Printed electronics is rapidly becomes a manufacturing tool that can print complex objects with embedded intelligence. We’re developing new materials that allow us to print inks that work as electronics, structural materials, or both. Moreover, our materials and processes also work all printing technologies used in the last 200 years, thus allowing us to retrofit existing printing and manufacturing processes with modern capabilities.

Janos Veres will review printed electronics and discuss future directions, from smart labels and wearables, to trends and technologies that enable the printing of devices with embedded sensors, transistors, displays, batteries and memory.


Functional Forms - Mike Kuniasvsky - Fleet Room

Thursday 5/22/14  3:25pm

The made world is aggressively dematerializing through a combination of reality capture and digital manufacturing. In principle anything our sensing machines can see, our making machines can reproduce, at an increasing rate and with increasing fidelity. Simultaneously distinctions between sensing, information processing, and actuation blur in devices where the skeleton and shell are equal parts of the functionality as the interior components. These two trends are intersecting in devices that are constructed as a single unit. In some cases, the material a device is made of can simultaneously capture information, process it and act on it.

Against this background commodity materials and machines mean complex behaviors are not dependent on unique material properties, or singular machines, but how the material is arranged, the pattern. Like mask work in an integrated circuit, the power of the device shifts from materials and machines to how the patterns in which materials are arranged.

Using examples from paper folding to multi-material 3D printing and printed electronics, I will examine how defining novel fine-grain patterns of commodity materials using commodity machines is a key activity in the design and manufacture of smart, connected devices from shoes to buildings. I will talk about how making the trillion-device Internet of Things is going to be wildly unlike how consumer electronics are currently manufactured.