A great many discoveries have been made in the lab of Raymond C. Rumpf, PhD, the Schellenger Professor in Electrical Research in The University of Texas at El Paso's College of Engineering. Dr. Rumpf leads the EM Lab, which is dedicated to the research and development of advanced concepts of electromagnetism and photonics that make 3D printing possible. The latest advancement made by the lab is an exciting one – earlier this year, researchers completed the first true three-dimensional volume circuit using a fully automated process.
Three-dimensional circuits can be smaller, lighter and more efficient than other circuits, and 3D printing allows them to be made into arbitrary shapes that can be integrated into any object or surface.
Robles and Valle, also doctoral students, were able to help. Earlier in the summer, Robles completed an interface that could convert the circuit design into code that the 3D printer could use to print the circuit in one step.Valle and Carranza then fine-tuned the process and used it to build the first 3D volumetric circuit.