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CLIP newsletter: Conductive inks: the advantages
The next-generation printed electronics industry requires new tools to match new possibilities. CLIP aims to develop the inks needed for high-volume printed and flexible electronics.
Printed electronics presents a wide variety of possibilities. New means of manufacturing electronics with simple, cheap processing could radically alter the foundations of the semiconductor industry. Equally, new possibilities could be enabled when flexible and integrated electronic circuitry and components are enabled. Animated packaging, integrated solar cells and flexible rolls of OLED lighting are among the concepts being pursued as part of the printed electronics movement.
Such innovations rely on a working value chain of materials, components, printing tools and production lines.
At the heart of printable electronics is conductive ink. A method of depositing circuitry as a printed ink allows for a thin layer electronic circuit; aids the flexibility of the end product; and, ultimately, could make printed electronics simple and cheap enough for them to become a ubiquitous feature of the world around us.
It is in this context CLIP seeks to create the low-cost conductive inks needed for the future of printed electronics. CLIP brings together partners to create inks that match the needs of this industry.