David Savastano, Editor03.09.18
As the world tuned into the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, viewers saw the US athletes in red, white and blue parkas designed by Ralph Lauren.
What they didn’t know was that silver also played a role, in this case conductive silver and carbon inks used for printed electronics heaters designed by Butler Technologies (BTI) to keep the athletes warm in the frigid outdoors.
How large is the market for flexible, hybrid and printed electronics systems, which can appear in anything from sensors and wearables to displays and lighting and more? This is uncertain. What is clear is that these systems are appearing in many commercial applications.
General Electric (GE) uses Optomec’s Aerosol Jet technology to print passive strain sensors made of a ceramic material directly onto the turbine blades, saving the company millions of dollars in unnecessary replacements and service. L’Oreal’s My UV Patch, a stretchable skin sensor that
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