3D Printable Liquid Metal Patterning on Polymers

K. Song, D. Ravichandran, D. Patil
United States

Keywords: composites, 3D printing, nanoscale, liquid metal


In the realm of modern electronics, where miniaturization and adaptability are paramount, the integration of liquid metals has emerged as a transformative frontier. This research explores the multifaceted applications and innovations surrounding liquid metals, particularly eutectic gallium-indium (EGaIn) alloys, within microenvironments. By leveraging the unique properties of liquid metals, including high conductivity, flexibility, and biocompatibility, this study delves into their utilization in micropatterned structures, capacitive sensors, and smart textiles. Additionally, we investigate the dynamics of liquid metal droplets within various substrates, revealing their potential in revolutionizing fields such as wearables, biomedicine, and flexible electronics. This research not only expands our understanding of liquid metal behavior but also lays the foundation for a new era in electronic device design and manufacturing.