Printed Electronics – A New Roadmap
The direction of Printed Electronics has taken an interesting new turn with the focus being no longer only on reducing production cost. Now the electronics industry is looking at product ideas that were previously thought to be impossible.
Some examples from The Future Of Printed Electronics shows previously unanticipated applications such as:
- Nokia is developing Flexible Electronics that stretch
- Companies such as Novacentrix are developing methods to directly Print Copper
- Solar Cell electrode printing
The previously expected driver of Low Cost Electronics Manufacture is no longer the primary goal. Some of the above methods do reduce cost but the emerging trend is toward new product opportunities. This makes sense as markets tend to emerge and go through cycles until they are so commoditised that cost is the primary issue. We are at the beginning rather than the end of this cycle for Printed Electronics.
Printing of Organic Transistors and Organic PhotoVoltaic Solar Cells is still on the agenda so the market is diversifying in several interesting directions at the same time.
Ray Keefe has been developing high quality and market leading electronics products in Australia for nearly 30 years. For more information go to his LinkedIn profile at Ray Keefe. This post is Copyright © 2011 Successful Endeavours Pty Ltd.