Quantum Dots embedded within an Objet VeroClear print are shown in Ultraviolet (UV) and visible light, respectively. In visible light, the QD’s are a brown color, while in UV light they fluoresce an orange-pink color.
Quantum Dots embedded within an Objet VeroClear print are shown in Ultraviolet (UV) and visible light, respectively. In visible light, the QD’s are a brown color, while in UV light they fluoresce an orange-pink color.

Project Overview

The Objet Polyjet process is unique among Additive Manufacturing (AM) processes because it has the ability to selectively place multiple materials within a single build layer. The selective placement of materials has opened the doors for mechanisms with built-in, flexible joints, multi-material topology optimization, and now the selective placement of traditionally non-AM materials within an AM part. Nano particles are of particular interest for incorporating into AM media because of their unique mechanical, conductive, and optical properties.

Currently Quantum Dots are being studied within the Objet Polyjet print media for use in cryptography, optical sensing, and programmable matter applications.  In collaboration with the Laboratory for Engineered Nano (LENS) Lab,  quantum dots are being studied within the Objet Polyjet print media for use in cryptography, optical sensing, and programmable matter applications.

Investigators

Amy Elliott, Dr. Thomas Campbell