Scientists Find Novel Approach to 3D Printing Flexible Electronics

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The new technology can enable new applications such as printable light-emitting diodes, solar cells or tools with integrated circuits

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Researchers from the University of Hamburg and Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) in Germany have developed a process to 3D-print transparent and flexible electronic circuits.

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The electronics consists of a mesh of silver nanowires that can be printed in suspension and embedded in various flexible and transparent plastics, according to the researchers.

The new technology can enable new applications such as printable light-emitting diodes, solar cells or tools with integrated circuits, they said.

Flexible capacitor

The researchers are demonstrating the potential of their process with a flexible capacitor, among other things.

“The aim of this study was to functionalise 3D-printable polymers for different applications,” said Michael Rubhausen from the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL), a cooperation between DESY, the University of Hamburg and the Max Planck Society.

“With our novel approach, we want to integrate electronics into existing structural units and improve components in terms of space and weight,” the researcher added.

 

(With inputs from Printed Electronics World)

 

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