The vision for creating the next generation of print technologies, material and applications is exploding. At Rochester Institute of Technology there is a focus on multifunctional printing. RIT’s AMP Print Center is positioned to make a large impact in this new reality. The AMP Print Center is leading the charge in the areas of flexible hybrid electronics and additive manufacturing, known largely as 3D Printing. Flexible electronics involves assembling electronic devices by printing circuit patterns on flexible device substrates and then placing the electronic components where needed.
“The vision for this center is to be at the forefront of creating the next generation of 3D-printing technologies, materials, and applications,” said Denis Cormier, the Brinkman Professor in RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering and director of the center. “That can take the form of new technologies invented here or through partnerships with really innovative companies. The AMPrint Center is one of the first centers in the country to focus on multifunctional printing, Cormier said. We are at the forefront of this technology.”
AMPrint’s core focus is to develop a better scientific understanding of how materials in a multifunctional device interact with one another. They are also investigating the effect the overall composite material’s performance. Researchers are also investigating equipment improvements in 3D printing that is enabled onto various substrates and nontraditional materials. Metals and ceramics are being used similar to the way traditional inks had been deposited through xerography. Even traditional manufacturing equipment is being enhanced with additive manufacturing functionality to continually improve operational processes. The best is yet to come.