Anthony Locicero, Associate Editor11.08.17
In what was the final Printed Electronics Symposium – the SGIA announced the new FP3 (functional printing, process and products) Conference – industry professionals discussed the past, present and future of e-textiles.
Here are some of the highlights:
During his presentation "Recent Developments in IPC Printed Electronics & E-textile Standards," MacDermid Autotype Technical Manager Neil Bolding said the e-textile market is expected to reach $5 billion by 2025.
E-textiles will include:
Woven, knit/knitted textiles;
Printed or embroidered textiles
According to Diana Wymann of the AATCC, e-textiles are defined as a fabric or textile product with permanently-integrated electrical circuits or parts of electrical circuits.
While there are already existing uses in military, aerospace, medical and some consumer wearables (more on that below), "Unlike printed el
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