Voxel8 3D printer
Voxel 8 launched its Developer Kit at CES 2015.
Voxel8 turned lots of tech-heads and created quite the social media buzz when the Harvard-born company unveiled its multi-material 3D electronics printer back in January at CES 2015.
Now the Massachusetts based company has secured a strategic investment and technology development deal with In-Q-Tel (IQT), a not-for-profit, strategic investment firm that identifies innovative technology solutions to support the missions of the U.S. Intelligence Community.
Voxel8’s debut product is the world’s first 3D electronics printer which allows designers and engineers to rapidly create circuits and electronic devices on a desktop machine.
Founded by Dr. Jennifer A. Lewis, Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, the printer introduces a new level of 3D printing that includes being able to print functional materials, hardware, and intelligent software.
Launching with materials like PLA and conductive silver ink, the printer is capable of creating objects that go beyond simple prototypes by embedding electronics seamlessly into functional electronic devices.
“We are pleased to be partnering with Voxel8 to further develop its multi-material 3D printing technology,” said Megan Anderson, Vice President of Field Deployable Technologies at IQT. “The customization enabled by Voxel8’s technology allows users to quickly create new devices without the inconvenience of tooling, inventory, and supply chains associated with traditional manufacturing methods.”
The investment partnership will no doubt fuel Voxel8’s plans to release more materials that are apparently already in development and set for release this year. Responding to the limited range of novel materials available in 3D printing, these developments will provide designers and even electrical engineers with more options to create useful objects with the technology.
Dr. Lewis added: “I am excited to leverage over a decade of research to transform the way devices are manufactured. Through the support of investors like In-Q-Tel, we are able to bring our ground-breaking technology to the mass market.”