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Printed Electronics

Printed Electronics

Oct 26, 2020

Printed Electronics (Rigid PCB, Flexible FPC, Silver Printed PET Circuit):

Printed electronics is a set of printing methods manufactureers use to create electrical devices on various substrates. Printing typically uses common printing equipment suitable for defining patterns on material, such as screen printing, flexography, gravure, offset lithography and inkjet. By electronic industry standards, these are low cost processes.

Deposit the Electrically functional electronic or optical inks on the substrate, creating active or passive devices, such as thin film transistors or resistors. Printed electronics is facilitating widespread, very low-cost, low-power applications such as flexible displays.

The term printed electronics is related to organic electronics or plastic electronics, in which one or more inks are composed of carbon-based compounds. Printed electronics includes organic semiconductors, inorganic semiconductors, metallic conductors, nanoparticles, nanotubes, etc.

The most important benefit of printing is low-cost volume fabrication. The lower cost enables use in more applications. Printing on flexible substrates allows placement of electronics on curved surfaces, for example, putting solar cells on vehicle roofs. More typically, conventional semiconductors justify their much higher costs by providing much higher performance.

Backlighting Your Printed Electronic Application

If you would like to backlight your application, the construction would incorporate either light guides or LEDs for uniform lighting. Other options for backlighting are fiber optic backlighting and EL backlighting. The backlighting options would vary on the requirements of your application such as thickness preference, shape, environmental exposure, and other unique options.  You need to select them so they specifically fit the function of your device. Using the latest LED powered lighting can reduce cost and reduce power used by a device. Since many devices today are portable, this backlighting solution is more relevant than ever.

A variety of applications that use backlighting solutions are: remote controls, laboratory equipment, airplane dashboards. In addition, we have medical devices in dimly lit operating rooms, consumer appliances, such as coffee makers and microwaves, laptop keyboards, and many other applications. These applications will come in contact with daily or sporadically.

We have various backlighting samples that you can evaluate and consider for your application. Please feel free to submit a sample request and we’ll send you a variety of useful samples and tools you can experiment with for your application.


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If you want to know more about our printed electronics services, please feel free to contact us.

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