Manufacturing Mechatronics Using Thermal Spray Shape Deposition
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A new technology for manufacturing mechatronics is described. The technique is based on recursive masking and deposition of thermally sprayed materials. Using these methods, mechanical structures can be created that embed and interconnect electronic components. This results in highly integrated mechatronic devices. A simple, electromechanical artifact was designed and produced to assess the feasibility of these techniques. The details and limitations of this project will be discussed. Areas of future research are identified which are aimed at realizing the full potential of this emerging manufacturing process.