Thinner. Faster. Cheaper.
A few years ago, printed electronics were still more scifi than reality. It was “movie magic” with things like newspapers that update and display real-time information, right on the paper, no phones required. And while we might not be to that level yet, there is no denying we are headed that direction.
The technologies required to print circuits have been getting more sophisticated, but at the same time they are also getting thinner, making it possible to have a piece no thicker than a standard postcard. And the manufacturers are just getting started.
“Tekra continues to support two distinct Printed Electronics trends,” says Rebecca Fuhrman, Digital Market Development Manager, Tekra (Booth 2711). “(1) Thinner PET base films (200 ga), especially those that are optimized for UV exposure, with little to no iridescence and improved dimensional stability. DuPont Teijin Films, Melinex STCH series are optimized for that market trend and (2) Conductive inks that contain smaller silver particle size, while exhibiting higher conductivity. Henkel’s Loctite ECI 1010 & ECI 1011 both permit deposition of thinner silver ink layers and narrower lines, leading to less ink use resulting in cost savings.”