Printed Electronics

The Printed Electronics PL16 will collect materials from other PLs and be able to perform two main tasks:

  1. Formulation and print testing: ink formulations will be developed, and rheology and other properties will be tested, developed inks will then be print tested in order to evaluate their functionality, such as adhesion, printability, electrical conductivity, dielectric properties, etc.
  2. Component prototyping and testing: once printable inks are developed, components will be fabricated and tested using standardized mechanical and environmental testing methods. The main equipment for prototyping are the Industrial inkjet KM1024i and INO VS6 500. The main upgrades in BIOMAC are implementing the INO VS6 500 and pick & place tools. Component testing will be both environmental as well as mechanical. DTI will produce and make available real-time testing data, using their pilot lines. The environmental testing set-up is already existing, and through BIOMAC the mechanical set-up will be built and implemented.
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In order to decrease the screening work with nano enabled formulations, DTI will implement AI to efficiently perform a design of experiments (DoE). Through AI we can efficiently map nanomaterial, solvent and resin system compatibility while reducing the number of screening experiments by over 50%. Automation of the component production will be achieved by procuring a semi-automated screen-printing system. The system has manual loading and can be coupled with a rolling oven and can improve throughput by many folds. The target will be to demonstrate throughput of over 3000 units per hour.