Robotics

Researchers 3D print electronics and cells directly on skin

College of Science and Engineering, April 25, 2018

“We are excited about the potential of this new 3D-printing technology using a portable, lightweight printer costing less than $400,” said MnDRIVE faculty Michael McAlpine, the study’s lead author and the University of Minnesota Benjamin Mayhugh Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. 

“We imagine that a soldier could pull this printer out of a backpack and print a chemical sensor or other electronics they need, directly on the skin," he added. "It would be like a ‘Swiss Army knife’ of the future with everything they need all in one portable 3D printing tool.”

3D printing electronics on a moving hand