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24 Nov 2015  | Rick Merritt

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Voxel 8 melds electronics, plastics

Michael Bell

Michael Bell, a co-founder of the Voxel 8, at IDTechEx.

Voxel 8, a start-up spun out of a Harvard research lab, also showed a 3D printer capable of making a printed circuit board. Rather than use ink jets, it employs an extrusion process using paste-like materials it develops in house. The materials and process allow it to spit out both plastic and conductive electronics.

"We can make stuff traditional PCB processes cannot such as a full 3D hearing aid or an antenna on plastic," said Michael Bell (above), a co-founder of the company that has raised $13 million in venture capital to date.

The company's printer can create 6in x 6in x 5in build with 200µ traces and will ship before May for $9,000. The company has in the lab a capability that promises traces as fine as a single micron.

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