A closer look at two traditional printing processes that are capable of mass production of electronics components.
Jack Kenny, Editor02.04.09
Kammann K61-OS screen press
The first word in the phrase “printed electronics” defines the nascent industry that we explore. Printing is the driver that separates printed electronics from the traditional manufacturing processes, and which eventually will replace it – and take electronics much farther beyond what it is today. What manufacturers have to consider, however, is mass production and the capabilities of printing processes and equipment to meet the needs and demands of those who produce and consume such devices in large quantities.
Of the several conventional printing processes in use today, it is likely that a few will emerge as the leaders in the manufacture of printed electronics. Offset lithography, in wide use for publication printing, probably will not take center stage. Letterpress is a disappearing process. Gravure, flexography and screen printing are the choices today, and most likely will remain in t
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