VP, Printed Electronics Eastman Kodak Company, NY, United States
Understanding the Advantages of Additive Manufacturing for Transparent and Flexible Electronics Printing techniques are routinely used in the manufacture of flexible electronic components, however transparent electronics manufacturing continues to be dominated by subtractive techniques. This talk will dig into the advantages of using print for additive manufacturing – going beyond the “obvious” potential materials savings over subtractive technologies. Building on previous presentations, multiple print technologies will be compared and explored for their potential benefits to both the manufacturer and the end-product stakeholders. The end-application advantages from manufacturing-via-print for transparent antenna, photovoltaic devices, and other growing technology areas will be explored. Examples will be provided from multiple print solutions, including flexographic printing, inkjet, and screen. We will explore how best to take full advantage of additive patterning (at speed) in print systems, with attention to both design and process elements. We have previously reported on roll-to-roll (R2R) manufacturing to produce transparent antennas on flexible substrates using a print-and-plate process, where printing is done using high-resolution flexography. In this talk we will dive even deeper into the benefits of print, and additive-patterning advantages that lead to differentiated products.