Industrial Electronics

Using Printable Electronics to Graft Sensors Directly onto Clothing

06 September 2018

A collaboration between Liquid X Printed Metals and Bonbouton will explore using additive manufacturing to build temperature and pressure sensors directly onto textiles.

Bonbouton, through its inkjet-printable graphene technology, is developing thin and mechanically flexible sensors for wearables for personal health that are unobtrusive, comfortable and attractive.

Under the agreement, Liquid X will use its particle-free inks to inkjet print interconnects directly on textiles. These interconnects carry signals from a graphene-sensing layer back to device hardware, where the data can be analyzed.

"This collaboration builds on Liquid X's vision of using our functional metallic inks for designing and developing functional components for electronic devices,” said Beth Vasy, Vice President of Operations at Liquid. “With the move to our new lab facility in RIDC Park West, we now have a full range of equipment along with the technical expertise necessary to build and test prototypes.”

The companies expect to have prototype models developed and tested by the 2019 Flex conference in February of next year.

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