David Savastano, Editor11.01.13
Printed electronics (PE) holds a lot of promise for major corporations
and entrepreneurs alike. The ability to mass produce,
through printing, low cost yet robust electronic systems
may very well revolutionize the way some products are manufactured,
and create entirely new devices. In short, printed electronics
have the potential to be a truly disruptive technology.
Of course, there have been challenges in making PE work.
Researchers have worked diligently to develop the functional materials
needed to make PE applications a reality. Equipment manufacturers
have developed the machinery to run these products.
Designers are creating applications that consumers will want, and
some enterprising printers have brought these products to reality.
However, many companies have found out the hard way that
what works in the lab does not necessarily translate to success in a
production environment. As a result, early estimates of the size of
the PE market have proved
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