Printed Electronics is the ability to utilize a digital approach to pattern materials with diverse electrical properties. Printed antennas, resisters, inductors, capacitors and interconnects are all feasible to print on flexible, rigid, flat, curved, doubly curved and even random 3D shapes. Printed passives are standard and the nScrypt approach to utilize patented micro-dispensing allows for more than 10,000 commercially available materials as choices for design engineers.
Mixing, matching, layering and patterning diverse materials, it is possible to print sensors, antennas, batteries, electroluminescent lighting and do this on flexible substrates or put this on existing structures. In addition to these, it is standard to print to actives and including bare die or even thinned bare die. This opens the door to highly complex printed circuits that can be printed on any number of flexible or existing structured surfaces.
The pictures on the right show from top to bottom: 1) printed resistors, 2) printing to bare die, 3) printed circuit using lumped elements.
With the flexibility of the patented SmartPump™ and the 3Dn motion control, it is possible to print a variety of patterns and circuits on strongly conformal and even rough surfaces as shown in the picture to the left. This is a Kevlar helmet with very rough surface and the prints are on the top and around the sides.