3D printing makes rigid piezoelectrics flexible for wearables and smart structures

IMechE | January 21, 2019

3D printing makes rigid piezoelectrics flexible for wearables and smart structures
Materials made by a new 3D printing process could harvest energy to power everything from wearable devices to infrastructure sensors.
Researchers from Virginia Tech University in the US are placing their new omnidirectional piezoelectric materials in rings, insoles and boxing gloves to monitor forces and power electronics - but they claimed that could just be the tip of the iceberg, with potential applications in robotics and smart infrastructure.
Previous piezoelectric materials - substances that convert mechanical stress and strain into electrical energy - came in defined shapes and were made of brittle crystal and ceramic. To improve the desirable properties and apply them more widely, the researchers developed a 3D printing method to produce materials that are not restricted by shape or size.

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