Printed electronics combines the best of graphics and technology to create a new range of electronic components. It is a set of printing techniques that use semiconducting or conducting inks to print certain patterns on resistors, conductors, transistors and other components used in conventional circuits. This printing electronics technology has paved the way for some of the new devices that are available today such as flexible screens, interactive books and everyday things that can double up as something else with the help of sensors present in it.
There are many advantages that come with printing electronics, and some of the prominent ones include lesser manufacturing time and lower production costs. Furthermore, the material on which the printing is done can be anything, including thin and light material that can be easily integrated into the production process. This ability to print electronics on any surface has opened up new possibilities for this technology in the future.
This bright future for printed electronics has been further corroborated by a recent study conducted by Markets and Markets. This research company believes that the printed electronics market will be worth more than $40 billion by 2020. The major market for this technology is the Asia-Pacific region, though the Americas are seeing a high CAGR in this industry. Some of the key players that are likely to shape the future of this industry, according to the research conducted by Markets and Markets are, E-Ink of Taiwan, DuPont, Silicore, Parc, T-Ink and Thin Film Electronics. The report expects growth in two segments, namely, substrates and inks. While substrates are used for materials like glass, ink is used for silver, copper and dielectric components.
Despite these advancements, the printing electronics technology is only in its nascent stage, and it is up to the innovators, engineers and entrepreneurs to come with creative ways to use printed electronics.
Edited by Maurice Nagle