In addition, sensor systems are increasingly being fitted in the workpiece itself, so that each product can provide its blueprint and report its manufacturing status. One specific challenge to be addressed is the integration of the sensor devices together with electronics, optical systems and the package of the product fabricated using novel hybrid additive manufacturing technologies. For some products, such as wearables, the packaging needs additionally to be flexible and/or stretchable.
The scope of this Technical Focus Area therefore includes not-only research in new sensing technologies for advanced manufacturing, but also suitable new or hybrid additive manufacturing processes for sensor systems and/or new materials (polymers, metals, and composites) for implementing these sensors.
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