A 3D Printing First - Printing Wearable Electronics Directly Onto Moving Hand

In a groundbreaking demonstration, researchers at the University of Minnesota  used a customized 3D printer to print electronics on a real hand for the first time. Their hybrid fabrication method combines 3D printing of electrical connects with automatic pick-and-placing of surface-mounted electronic components, yielding functional electronic devices on a free-moving human hand. Tech Briefs spoke to Michael McAlpine, professor at the University of Minnesota, about the technology's potential.