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Techniplas Unveils Illuminated Steering Wheel Concept Designed using Nano Dimension’s AM Platform

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Techniplas, a leading global design and manufacturing provider of automotive products and services unveiled a new illuminated steering wheel concept using a combination of Techniplas’ cognitive lighting technology and 3D printed electronics. An official release from Nano Dimension revealed that engineers from Techniplas used Nano Dimension’s DragonFly Pro 3D printer to directly print conductive paths into a concept wheel in a single step.

Early this year, Nano Dimension joined the Techniplas Open Innovation Program to make additive electronics available for the first time to automotive industry for prototyping and manufacturing of conductive components, encapsulated sensors and smart surfaces. Both Techniplas and Nano Dimension believe that the combination of smart lighting with additive electronics can enable the creation of customised and short-run functional electronics such as sensors, conductive geometries, antennas, molded connected devices and other devices that will shape and transform the future of mobility.

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Above: Techniplas’s illuminated steering wheel concept incorporates smart lighting and 3D printed electronics by Nano Dimension/Image Credit: Nano Dimension

Speaking about how its steering wheel concept is just a beginning of a journey to transform the future of mobility, George Votis, Founder and Charim at Techniplas said, “We are excited about all the new applications that our cognitive lighting in combination with additive electronics from Nano Dimension can bring to our customers.”

“Our cognitive steering wheel concept is just the beginning of a journey that we believe can shape the way electronics, sensors, antennas and smart illuminations are designed and manufactured for the connected car era, and we are thrilled to be the first with this capability in-house,” added Votis.

The DragonFly Pro 3D printer from Nano Dimension makes it easier for companies to 3D print a variety of functional electronics such as sensors, antennas, molded connected devices, printed circuit board and other devices. By easing the process of manufacturing such complex electronic devices, the DragonFly Pro 3D printer is transforming the electronic additive manufacturing market and allowing companies to take charge of their entire development cycle.

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Above: The DragonFly Pro 3D Printer/Image Credit: Nano Dimension

Offering details of how Nano Dimension’s DragonFly Pro is a natural fit with the Techniplas Open Innovation Program, Amit Dror, CEO at Nano Dimension explained, “The capabilities of the DragonFly Pro are a natural fit within the Techniplas Open Innovation Program”.

“With the DragonFly, car makers have the flexibility to print an entire circuit board or just part of a connector, or develop the RF and digital sections of the board in parallel to test concepts on the fly. Through collaborations like this one with Techniplas, we hope to accelerate the development of auto-centric innovative products, like this new steering wheel concept, that can be quickly entered into the market and enhance the driver experience,” concluded Dror.

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