The increasing number of electronic devices included in a plethora of applications requires new manufacturing technologies to be developed and industrialized. These new technologies enable a wide range of conductive, non-conductive, dielectric and biocompatible materials to be printed on a multitude of substrates and forms.
In addition, new opportunities exist to link different technologies that can lead to performance improvements and cost optimization.
Flexible additive manufacturing processes play a key role in substrate manufacturing and connection technology. The integration of the circuits into three-dimensional surfaces often eliminates the need to use an additional substrate. Also, it leads the way towards innovative branding or personalized products. Devices for medical, aerospace and IoT applications can be significantly reduced in size by using these new printing technologies.
Printing for electronics are crucial in the development of objects becoming increasingly smart, sharing information with other objects and the cloud. Our homes, cars and even clothes are being fitted with a wide range of autonomous sensors, smart labels, loggers and tags, all of which can be manufactured by 3D or inkjet printing.
Environmentally friendly solutions are as well an important field of research.
The iPrint Institute “Printing for Electronics” research group lead new design studies, while testing new inks, their compatibility with a multitude of substrates, create prototypes, all while developing new manufacturing methods. Our multidisciplinary team has specialists such as printhead designers, material engineers or electronic circuit specialists.
Together with partners from several industrial fields, iPrint Institute plays an important role in the future of electronics.