Developing sensors printed directly on 3D surfaces

21 March 2024

“Engineering and innovation come together to transform various industrial sectors”

TECNALIA integrates deformation sensors directly on a clutch pedal provided by BATZ S. Coop.

TECNALIA is developing a range of demonstrators that prove the versatility and practical applicability of its functional printing technologies. These include, among others, lighting circuits and heaters printed on various materials such as textiles, RFID tags embedded in composite materials, and temperature sensors integrated directly on metal surfaces.

TECNALIA, through its functional printing/electronic printing team, has created a sensor capable of measuring the deformation or changes in the shape of 3D objects, such as car parts, aircraft structures or civil constructions.

More efficient installation and more precise adaptation

What is remarkable about TECNALIA’s technology is that this sensor can be directly printed on the surface of these 3D objects during the manufacturing process.

Instead of using traditional methods to install the sensor, TECNALIA’s innovation places and integrates it directly on the surface of the object itself, which leads to a more efficient installation and more precise adaptation to the shape of the object.

This breakthrough has many potential applications, including the instrumentation of components under development and validation.