Breaking News
Spray-On Sensor Heralds Flexible Electronics
10/1/2013

< Previous   Image 2 of 2   

The low-cost fabrication method uses a robotic sprayer that should be easy to scale up for mass production to deposit carbon nanotube-based circuits on a flexible substrate. 
SOURCE: Credit: U. Benz/TUM
The low-cost fabrication method uses a robotic sprayer that should be easy to scale up for mass production to deposit carbon nanotube-based circuits on a flexible substrate. SOURCE: Credit: U. Benz/TUM

< Previous   Image 2 of 2   

Return to Article

View Comments: Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
DrQuine
User Rank
CEO
Spray on circuit resolution
DrQuine   10/6/2013 10:25:16 PM
NO RATINGS
The ability to spray circuits onto flexible substrates will enable many of the ubiquitous computing applications that we've been hearing about for years. If the system is being used to produce inexpensive curcuits for mass applications what dimension of circuit elements would be recommended?  Presumably wider traces would provide some redundancy for any flaws in the spraying process or damage when the substrate was flexed. There are many simple circuits that could be implemented first (RFID chips, product expiration date sensors, alarms) before worrying about implementing complex microprocessors on flexible media.

krisi
User Rank
CEO
Re: real cool
krisi   10/3/2013 12:03:53 PM
NO RATINGS
thank you Colin

R_Colin_Johnson
User Rank
Blogger
Re: real cool
R_Colin_Johnson   10/2/2013 4:49:57 PM
NO RATINGS
@krisi "Paolo/Alaa: would you be interested in presenting it at emerging technologies symposium in Grenoble in 2014? www.cmosetr.com, kris.iniewski@gmail.com"

I'll pass the invitation along.

krisi
User Rank
CEO
real cool
krisi   10/2/2013 4:26:03 PM
NO RATINGS
Really cool technology...Paolo/Alaa: would you be interested in presenting it at emerging technologies symposium in Grenoble in 2014? www.cmosetr.com, kris.iniewski@gmail.com

R_Colin_Johnson
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Spray it on!
R_Colin_Johnson   10/2/2013 1:13:27 PM
NO RATINGS
@rick merritt "military developers working on spray on films to ID terrorist"

Luckily there are also many non-military applications of spray-on electronics, from the exotic like adding the sense of touch to a robot's skin, to the practical, such as spraying-on solar cells for the backside of curtains to generate electricity. In fact, by using an ink-jet printer to do the spraying almost any current electronic circuits can be sprayed on (in principle, although there are several years of development ahead to realize these dreams).

rick merritt
User Rank
Author
Spray it on!
rick merritt   10/2/2013 10:22:29 AM
NO RATINGS
Cool!

One hawk heard from recently talked about some military developers working on spray on films to ID terrorist. Yuck! Not my favorite application.

Flash Poll
Radio
LATEST ARCHIVED BROADCAST
Join our online Radio Show on Friday 11th July starting at 2:00pm Eastern, when EETimes editor of all things fun and interesting, Max Maxfield, and embedded systems expert, Jack Ganssle, will debate as to just what is, and is not, and embedded system.
Like Us on Facebook

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
EE Times on Twitter
EE Times Twitter Feed
Top Comments of the Week