Consumer Peripherals

Collaboration Results in Silver Nano-ink Printing for Consumer Electronics

17 November 2015

Xaar plc, Lawter and its parent company, Harima Chemicals Group, are collaborating to optimize the performance of a line of nanosilver conductive inks for the Xaar 1002 industrial inkjet printhead. Consumer electronics goods that require a robust and reliable method for printing antennas and sensors with silver nanoparticle ink are expected to benefit from the optimization.

Inkjet silver printing pattern creating using silver Nanojet.Inkjet silver printing pattern creating using silver Nanojet.

Industrial inkjet represents a cleaner process than other printing methods used to print silver inks. This is important when printing on a substrate. The inkjet process controls the amount of ink dispensed so that the ink deposited is thicker in some areas and thinner in others. It also enables the deposition of a much thinner layer of fluids than traditional methods, important with thinner devices. The inkjet is also able to print a circuit over a substrate that has a structured surface.

The new line of nanosilver conductive inks for inkjet printing is offers a combination of low temperature sintering and high circuit conductivity. The inks are compatible with a range of photonic curing tools and a variety of substrates.

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