Successfully develops corrosion, ice detection sensors for aircraft.
David Savastano, Editor12.16.15
The use of printed electronics for sensors has been growing for a variety of reasons. The ability to design a flexible sensor that can be used in hard-to-place environments is one key benefit.
Giovanni Nino, director, Composites R&D for Qi2, a $4 billion leader in industrial tool development for a variety of industries, including aviation and energy, described some of his company’s uses of printed electronics and additive manufacturing recently during Printed Electronics USA 2015.
“To advance manufacturing, you need to introduce functionality, by fabricating smart things for dumb things,” Nino said. “We want to print functional systems to increase functionality of structures while reducing weight, manufacturing complexity and costs.”
Qi2 has printed a wide range of sensors, including health monitoring, flex touch screens, coils and antennas, corrosion sensors and strain gages. The company has successfully developed printed el
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