ENGINEERS in Rotherham have invented a “game-changing” new process for 3D printing.
The technique allows parts like electrical elements to be introduced during the build stage.
The process, called THREAD, was developed by the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre’s Design and Prototyping Group and means parts can be made with in-built connectivity.
Development engineer Mark Cocking said: “THREAD has scope to simultaneously add multiple threads of differing materials into one component, giving the component additional functions.
“The development of this process is a potential game-changer. It could be used across many sectors such as medical, aerospace and automotive, where weight and size of components is critical.”
The teams says THREAD will provide an advantage in manufacturing components needing encapsulated electronics, such as parts for prosthetic limbs.
AMRC engineer Chris Iveson, who is driving the commercialisation of the technology, said: “Feedback from our contacts in various industries indicates a real need for this capability, with new potential applications being discussed daily.
“This is a great example of the AMRC using its unique expertise to solve real industry problems.”