Printing Beyond Color—The Potential of Inkjet Technology in General Manufacturing Environments for Printed Electronics
During the development of printing technologies printers gained for many years numerous valuable competencies that enable them to extend their range of products in a field of applications with functionalities of the inks beyond the traditional color. Printing functional inks cleverly on top of each other, it becomes possible to manufacture multi-layer material stacks representing properties of active electronic circuitries. The presentation focusses on the progress in the development of ink-jet technologies dedicated to manufacturing functional layers for circuitry on flat and 3D surfaces and will debate manufacturing technique as well as application-oriented examples of printed electronics. Furthermore, the advantages of digital printing as a general manufacturing technology addressing the batch size 1 will be discussed as an opportunity to individualize mass products.