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Improving quality of inkjet printed metal nano-particle conductors

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During the last couple of years several ink manufacturers have presented metal nano-particle inks for inkjet printing. These inks provide low resistances on plastic and paper substrates, thus enabling manufacturing of high-conductivity conductors that could be used in circuit boards.

Inkjet printing of a commercial silver nano-particle ink on paper and plastic substrates has been investigated. The focus has been on making narrow lines and low resistance structures by varying substrate type, substrate temperature during printing and ink drop size.

It has been found that the metal nano-particle inkjet inks are suitable for making conductors. Also the inkjet technology itself is ready to produce fine details required in circuit board manufacturing.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2006

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  • For more than 25 years, NIP has been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in non-impact and digital printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems, including drop-on-demand ink jet, wide format ink jet, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based electrophotographic printers, production digital printing systems, and thermal printing systems, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields.

    Since 2005, NIP has been held in conjunction with the Digital Fabrication Conference.

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