Your standard inkjet printer can mostly handle paper, occasionally transparencies, and maybe even blank DVDs while they were still a thing. But Xerox just revealed a towering machine it calls the Direct to Object Inkjet Printer because that’s exactly what it does—it prints on almost any 3D object.
Think all your secrets are safely tucked away on your smartphone just because only your fingerprint can unlock it? Watch researchers from Michigan State University compromise a biometric fingerprint sensor with nothing more than a scanner, an off-the-shelf inkjet printer, and readily available conductive ink.
Employing the same physical forces that power Shrinky Dinks, researchers at North Carolina State University may have just created the future of product packaging—2D polymer sheets that bend into 3D forms when exposed to UV light.