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All-printed electronics and its applications: a status report

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Mass printing technologies are promising technologies for the production of inexpensive electronics.

In recent experiments, we have fabricated an integrated circuit solely by means of fast mass-printing methods without any steps breaking the production continuity. Our results clarified important issues that have to be taken into account when adapting printing technologies to the fabrication of electronics. Compatibility of materials and processes for the deposition of different layers on top of each other, uniformity and quality of layers with respect to electronic requirements as well as resolution and registration turned out to be challenging for the adaptation of printing technologies.

In addition, first applications are already available, which rely on simplicity and inexpensive fabrication instead of high integration and high-end performance. Flexible cardboard-keyboards, chipless paper-identification systems as well as simple sensor systems can be regarded as applications that are paving the way for more sophisticated, printed electronics applications.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2006-01-01

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  • For more than 30 years, IS&T's series of digital printing conferences have been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in 2D and 3D printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference that brings together industry and academia, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems?particularly those involved with additive manufacturing and fabrication?including bio-printing, printed electronics, page-wide, drop-on-demand, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based systems, and production digital printing, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields. In 2016, the conference changed its name formally to Printing for Fabrication to better reflect the content of the meeting and the evolving technology of printing.

    Please note: For purposes of its Digital Library content, IS&T defines Open Access as papers that will be downloadable in their entirety for free in perpetuity. Copyright restrictions on papers vary; see individual paper for details.

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