3D Systems is exploring ‘conductive ink’ to create circuitry for Google’s Project Ara smartphone

3D Systems is exploring ‘conductive ink’ to create circuitry for Google’s Project Ara smartphoneIn an earlier-this-week statement via a blog post, 3D Systems said that it is, in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University, exploring 'conductive ink' to print electric circuits for Google's Project Ara modular smartphone. 3D Systems is the company which Google has enlisted for printing the modules for its Project Ara smartphone.

According to the information shared by 3D Systems, the 'conductive ink' which the company is exploring for the creation of circuitry for Project Ara smartphone will be used for some of the smartphone's components, like antennas. Conductive inks are characteristically liquid metal, and can carry an electric current.

With the Project Ara smartphone to have a basic exoskeleton, with camera, memory, battery and other components housed in plastic modules which snap onto the device's back, 3D Systems said in the blog post that - along with exploring conductive ink for circuitry - it is also trying to strengthen the materials for the  smartphone, and improve its "aesthetic and functional features."

3D Systems claims that it will be able to print Project Ara smartphone modules in "full spectrum, CMYKWT color" - that is, cyan, magenta, yellow, black, white and clear - in hard as well as soft materials, to ensure "the optimum lifespan of parts and ultimate customization by the user."

With the $50 Project Ara modular smartphone scheduled to hit the markets in early 2015, 3D Systems said that it will likely commence mass production of the smartphone's components later this year.