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Old December 16 2012, 11:34 AM   #46
Timo
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Re: TOS Microtapes: help me settle a debate!

Printing of circuits is not just a "still going strong" technology, but one where all-new techniques constantly emerge, and probably will keep on emerging for quite some time. The terminology is the same, but the techniques have virtually nothing in common: rather than print multilayer inorganic patterns layer by layer, etching in between, modern techniques may stamp complex organic structures or individual molecules into a readymade functional 3D pattern. And we speak of 3D printing today in rapid modeling techniques; replicators would quite plausibly count as "printing", too, and an unimaginably futuristic computer element would rightfully "still" be "printed"...

...Even if it still looks like classic 1950s electric components on a copper-and-resin board.

Timo Saloniemi
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