Prior to coming to Cornell for his research, Appoorva trained as a Material Scientist, Physicist and Mechanical Engineer. He holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Science-Bangalore and a B Tech in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering and Physics from Indian Institute of Technology-Madras. Lipson said he hopes this simple demonstration is just the “tip of the iceberg.” 3D printing technology could be moving from printing passive parts towards printing active, integrated systems, he said. “But it will be a while before consumers can print electronics at home,” Lipson said adding that most printers cannot efficiently handle multiple materials because it requires different temperatures and curing times.
Creating a market for printed electronic devices, Lipson said, could be like introducing color printers after only black and white had existed. “It opens up a whole new space that makes the old look primitive,” he said.