Printed electronics offers a revolutionary way to produce new electronic based applications. The use of well-established printing processes from the graphics industry combined with low temperature or light based processing to produce functional layers, ensures the following benefits:
Broad range of substrates can now be used. New applications can be developed by printing directly on substrates such as plastics, paper and textiles for applications such as advanced packaging, security and lighting.
Direct printing of electronic structures only where required. Use of additive processing ensures a low cost production process and more environmentally friendly process that creates significantly reduced levels of waste and power requirements.
Fast prototyping is enabling rapid design evaluation. Simplified processing enables prototyping and evaluation of circuit designs ensuring rapid product development cycles
Incorporation of electronic layers into 3D printed objects. The ability to print functional layers through a variety of digital print heads ensures compatibility with 3D printing technology.
High resolution printing enables a step change in feature size reduction. Subtractive processes have inherent limitations on resolution due to the need for non-directional etching processes that limit track widths. Direct printing, through electrostatic spray technology or aerosol techniques, enables this limitation to be overcome enabling fine line structures to be produced.