French startup TriDInnov 3D prints functional circuits using new 'Eoprom' solution

TriDInnov, a 3D printing startup based in Metz, France, has developed a metallization solution called “Eoprom” that can be used to turn plastics and composites, including 3D printed ones, into functional electronic devices. In a world where your keys, shoes, and even your bathroom mirror can all be connected and synced up via Internet of Things (IoT) technology, the importance of 3D printed electronics is growing by the day. It’s easy to see why: the ability to turn ordinary pieces of plastic or metal into so-called “smart devices” embedded with electronics creates huge opportunities for both manufacturers and customers. Your keys can now tell you where they are via WiFi, your shoes now can count how many calories you’re burning, and your bathroom mirror can even tell you what the weather will be like today. (Microsoft built such a device last year using its Windows 10 OS and a Raspberry Pi.) Trivial though these products can seem, the benefits they offer their users are not insignificant, and companies are fully aware that they can market such products to the tech-hungry consumer. The business world is reacting in accordance with these trends too. You only have to look at the huge interest in companies like Nano Dimension and Optomec to see that, in 2017, printing and electronics are a perfect match.”