Thursday, November 5, 2015

Mass Production of Printed Electronics Made Possible With Conductive Digital Inkjet Technology

Our Sicrys™ nanometric conductive inks are currently being used to accelerate the adoption of printed electronics in mass production applications.  With the advancement of printed electronics, intelligence can be brought to virtually any object by enabling the use of fast, inexpensive inkjet printing technologies that can be used on flexible substrates such as plastic, fabric or even paper, as well as enabling 2.5-D and 3-D printed electronics.

With 3-D printing, the electronics can be embedded within the structural material, which promises to revolutionize the electronics industry by allowing for smaller, lighter, more efficient and more customized products.

The two major applications of SicrysTM conductive inks currently in development are:
  • Antennas 
Manufacturing and assembling antennas is a costly and time-consuming process that adds considerably to the cost of such products. The use of digital printing technologies with conductive inks can save on costs by reducing capital requirements for machinery and tooling, reducing assembly costs, reducing material costs, shrinking supply chain requirements and enabling faster production. Our inks can make it easier to modify design, reduce weight and size, and enhance connectivity. We are working with several manufacturers to develop printed antenna prototypes using digital printing technologies; preliminary results show that costs can be reduced by as much as half.
  • Printed Circuit Boards 
Many electronic devices are created using analog processes, such as screen printing and photolithography. One such example of this is printed circuit boards. We recently entered into an MOU with a top-tier printed circuit board manufacturer to bring the industry the first ever commercial mass production of printed circuit boards using a digital conductive inkjet printing process. Our Sicrys™ inks not only reduce the overall amount of hazardous waste generated in the production of printed circuit boards, but they also transform the analog production process into a digital process, reducing costs and time to market.

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