New 3D-printing filament is 1000 times more conductive than existing technology

You might not be able to 3D print your very own cell phone or drone any time soon, but Mike Toutonghi, the founder of Functionalize Inc., has brought the possibility one step closer. His F-Electric 3D-printing filament, which is approximately 1000 times more conductive than anything available today, … according to the company, enables 3D printing of products with electrical or mechanical capabilities. Using the conductive filament, Toutonghi has 3D printed a first-of-its-kind keychain LED flashlight. When I spoke with him, he was jazzed about another project he had just completed—a 3D-printed Arduino light-sensor—as well as a functioning flashlight that another company, Mosaic (Kingston, ON, Canada), had printed using the filament.

“Our team always talked about printing a flashlight,” writes Mosaic, a company that has developed a technology that converts conventional 3D printers into multicolor printers. “Imagine: just add a battery, a light source, and it works! With the help of F-Electric’s conductive filament, and some caffeine, we did exactly that at 2 AM on Monday morning [Dec. 1]. Printing a flashlight is exciting, but what’s even better, is what this signals for the industry,” writes Mosaic. Toutonghi couldn’t agree more. “There are all sorts of world-first opportunities right now in 3D printing,” he told PlasticsToday. … (Read more)